Singaporean Buddhist: Rohingya Issue An International Humanitarian Issue, Not Just A Muslim Problem

Admin hi,

I’m Singapore born and bred Chinese who became a Buddhist over 8 years ago. Been following your posts on the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar. Some of the images and videos were very hard to take. As a Buddhist, it pains me to read that some of the inhumane treatment on the Rohingya were allegedly carried out by militant Buddhists. It made me question my faith but I’ve become better for it as I’ve been able to rationalise that these deplorable acts are not what Buddhism is about. Moreover, the Buddhism practiced there is not the same as what’s practiced here.

Trust me, we all want to help. Me and my other non-Muslim friends, we all want to help. That’s only natural after looking at the suffering. But we all don’t quite know how. Nevertheless, we cannot lose hope.

I want to reassure all my Muslim friends we suffer with you on this Rohingya issue. The Rohingya are human beings just like us. Their lives should not be toyed with, with such appalling disregard.

Their suffering is not a Muslim problem. It is a problem for the world, for humanity. All humankind should roundly condemn the actions of the Myanmar government.

In the past, the world marginalised Myanmar because of its disregard of democracy and its mistreatment of Aung San Suu Kyi. What the Rohingya is going through is far worse. The world cannot turn a blind eye just because there is some semblance of democracy in the country now.

The world can, and should do better.

In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.

#savetheRohingya #SingaporeansforRohingya #solidaritywithRohingya


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