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Malaysian police have detainedÂ dozens of people from Myanmar following four killings in the Malaysian capital in a number of incidentsÂ suspected of being linked to sectarian violence in Myanmar.
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“I also shared with President Sein our deep concern about communal violence that has been directed at Muslim communities inside Myanmar (Burma),” Obama said during talks with Burmese president Thein Sein on Monday, May 20, Reuters reported.
About 60 people have been held for questioning in recent days, according to Amar Singh Ishar Singh, Kuala Lumpur’sÂ deputy police chief.
|In Myanmar, the Muslims are the victims, over here the Buddhists are the victims.Amar Singh Ishar Singh
Deputy Police Chief of Kuala Lumpur
The killing of four Myanmar migrants in a number of separate incidents in Kuala Lumpur this past week has raised concerns that tensions between Myanmar’s Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya minority are spilling over toÂ the neighbouring Southeast Asian country, where hundreds of thousands of Myanmar nationals have come to seek work and refuge.
The killings include a man fatally slashed while sleeping in a car wash centre and another attacked by people with sharp objects in a marketplace, according to media reports.
Malaysia’s Bernama state news agency said the 20-year-oldÂ victim was sleeping at the car wash when he was attacked by 10Â people.
It quoted police as saying a man and a woman alsoÂ suffered injuries in the attack.
All the victimsÂ were Buddhists from Myanmar, said Singh, the city’sÂ deputy police chief.
“We have a feedback that this may be Myanmar Buddhists andÂ Muslims having a spillover here in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.
“In Myanmar, the Muslims are the victims, over here the Buddhists are the victims.”
Singh said the police had set up a special task force to deal with the violence in Kuala Lumpur and had arrested about 60 Myanmar immigrants this week in an attempt to control tensions.
Anti-Muslim violence in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar erupted in western Rakhine State last year and has spread into the central heartlands and areas near the old capital, Yangon, this year.
Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled from the country toÂ escape the violence and worsening living conditions, many ofÂ them making their way by boat or overland to Muslim-majorityÂ Malaysia.
Malaysia’s has allowed them to stay but without givingÂ them legal status, meaning that most struggle to find work orÂ access to hospitals and schools.
The total number of Myanmar immigrants in Malaysia is estimated at about 400,000.
The UN refugee agency said about 23,000 Rohingyas are registered as refugees in Malaysia, but groups representing them say the real number of Muslim immigrants is much higher and has surged this year because of the violence.
In April, Muslim and Buddhist refugees from Myanmar clashed at a refugee camp in Indonesia in a riot in which eight people were killed and 15 were wounded, media reported.
Burma’s Muslims — largely of Indian, Chinese and Bangladeshi descent — account for an estimated four percent of the roughly 60 million population.
Muslims entered Burma en masse for the first time as indentured laborers from the Indian subcontinent during British colonial rule, which ended in 1948.
But despite their long history, they have never fully been integrated into the country.