Commander-in-Chief Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing requested Malaysia’s Defence Minister Hon Dato Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein here on Friday, to provide legal protection for Myanmar migrant workers in Malaysia, both legitimate and illegitimate, officials said.
Myanmar is making plans to bring illegal migrant workers home, with the commander-in-chief calling on Malaysia to give consideration of action taken against them.
Speaking of the country’s reform, he cited local and foreign instigation as current political crises, pledging the army and the government will go hand in hand to continue to brave and overcome challenges that lie ahead.
The Malaysian defence minister said his country is grateful to Myanmar for its assistance when Malaysia was in difficulty. He expressed Malaysia’s support of Myanmar’s reform, adding that the host country will be able to overcome hardship.
“The two countries will create new levels of relationships between the two armed forces,” he said, pledging concerted cooperation among the ASEAN in surmounting the hurdles of the region. The commander-in-chief and the Malaysian defence minister also discussed greater cooperation between the two armed forces in the fight against religious extremism and in swift exchange of information about arms deals.
Myanmar established diplomatic relations with Malaysia on 1 March 1958, with its embassy opened in June one year later. Malaysia opened its embassy in Myanmar in February 1964. Malaysia now takes the rotating chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) after Myanmar.