SINGAPORE — Singapore has expressed its “grave concern” about the ongoing political situation in Myanmar, which has seen its civilian leaders detained and its military declaring a one-year state of emergency.
“We are monitoring the situation closely and hope all parties involved will exercise restraint, maintain dialogue, and work towards a positive and peaceful outcome,” said the Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in a statement on Monday (1 February).
“Myanmar is a close friend of Singapore and key member of ASEAN. We hope that the situation will return to normal as soon as possible,” the statement added, referring to the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN).
According to media reports, Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party were detained early on Monday – the first day of the new parliamentary sessions after the NLD’s landslide victory in the country’s general election last November.
The actions, which have been described as a “coup” by many media outlets, also come amid claims by the military of widespread voter fraud. The state Union Election Commission denied the allegations last week.
Singaporeans in Myanmar have been advised to stay vigilant, monitor local news closely, follow the advice of the local authorities, and to e-register with the MFA at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg.
Those in need of consular assistance in Myanmar can contact the Singapore Embassy in Yangon or 24-hour MFA Duty Office at:
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Yangon
238 Dhamazedi Road, Bahan Township, Yangon, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Emergency Tel (after hours): 09-250-863-840
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)
Tel: +65-6379 8800/8855
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