Rohingya crisis prompts Siddik to skip Myanmar Open

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jan 25,2018

 
 

Siddikur Rahman

Bangladesh’s top golfer Siddikur Rahman said on Wednesday he skipped Leopalace21 Myanmar Open due to ongoing crisis in the country that left tens of thousands Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh.
The $750,000 tournament, the third tournament in Asian Tour calendar this season, begins today in Yangon.
‘I felt a kind of uneasiness when I considered about playing in the tournament. I support Rohingyas that’s why I did not go.
It might give a wrong message. Being a
Muslim I also did not feel safe,’ Siddik told New Age.
According to latest count, more than 688,000 Rohingyas have reached Bangladesh since violence erupted in Mayanmar’s Rakhine late August.
Siddik said he also skipped the Myanmar Open for the same reason last year when a there was a similar tension in the border.
Instead of Asian Tour event, Siddik opted for playing in low-key $60,000 Dhaka Open Golf, which began in Dhaka on Wednesday. 

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