"There is no genocide", Myanmar's U.N. Ambassador Hau Do Suan told the U.N. General Assembly in NY on Monday. Even rarer still is Malaysia's public opposition in the Southeast Asian bloc known for its "flexible engagement", "non-interference" and consensus.
On Monday, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying that the Philippines respected Malaysia's stance on the Rakhine issue and its decision to disavow its participation in the wording that went into Cayetano's official statement as the ASEAN chairman.
Diplomats say the Security Council could consider adopting a formal statement if the situation does not improve, but China and Russian Federation are unlikely to agree to stronger action that would require the adoption of a resolution they could veto.
This clearly indicates the Myanmar's government intention of ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas, which was highlighted earlier in 2013 by the Human Rights Watch and also by the United Nations (UN) in 2016.
"Vague statements that reflect total disregard to the large humanitarian disaster can not be dismissed by member states". She also said the government was trying to determine why so many people fled.
The last element in Indonesia's four-pronged recommendation-that of access to humanitarian assistance-was included in Cayetano's final statement.
Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as Myanmar's military, have faced widespread worldwide condemnation over its treatment of the Rohingya.
"Yangon's disregard for this blatant breach of basic moral and humane conduct, besides breaching worldwide standards of human rights, is highly regrettable", the president of opposition pact Pakatan Harapan said in a statement today.
"While the attack by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on 25 August against Myanmar security forces is to be condemned, the military's response has been globally acknowledged to be responsible for the deaths of many innocent civilians and the displacement of 400,000 Rohingyas", Sivakumar said, echoing Anifah's statement.
Mr. Ma's statement comes at a time when many are suggesting that Bangladesh should lobby with China to exert pressure on Myanmar to stop violence and take back the refugees.
Hau Do Suan used his "right of reply" at the end of the six-day gathering of world leaders at the General Assembly to respond to what he called "irresponsible remarks" and "unsubstantiated allegations" repeated by countries in their speeches to the 193-member world body.
Ms Suu Kyi has made it clear that both the Rakhine and Rohingya communities have been affected by the conflict.
The implementation of promises by Suu Kyi to address the crisis, including her promise to hold the perpetrators accountable, is being called an "empty gesture" by the United Nations, since so many Rohingyas had fled.
Rohingya Muslims, described by the U.N.as the most widely persecuted ethnic group in the world, have faced heightened fears of being targeted since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.