On Thursday (March 4), the Government of Singapore called on its residents in Myanmar to flee the country in protest as soon as possible.
A statement released by the Foreign Minister also calls on Singaporeans not to fly to Myanmar, where civilian protesters have clashed with security forces throughout the world in response to the Feb 1 military coup.
The United Nations has reported that on Wednesday, 38 people have been killed in the bloodiest confrontation since the coup that started with the fire of police and soldiers in various towns.
More than 50 people died in its uprising against the military which last month, following the detention of its leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, took charge of the democratically elected government.
While Indonesia has carried out shuttle diplomacy, and Singapore has said it is “appalled by abuse,” no country in the area has so far stated that it would accept sanctions or any other steps affecting military finances.
“At this point, Singaporeans are strongly encouraged to postpone all journeys towards Myanmar, given the increasingly worsening clashes between protestors and the security forces of Myanmar and increasing numbers of civilian casualties in Myanmar,” the MFA said.
“In Myanmar, Singaporeans can also suggest quitting as soon as necessary through business means when it is still possible.”
At least 500 Singaporeans have registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Myanmar, and some of them have taken advice from the Ministry to travel back to their nation.
Two weeks ago, student Ethan Swee, 17, and her mother and younger brother came back to Singapore.
He added that his Father is still employed in Yangon and the relatives are concerned about him every day. “The abuse was becoming more extreme and it was for our welfare.”
In Myanmar Singaporeans told The Straits Times that there have been a growing decline in tension and insecurity and a more frequent sound of gunfires in recent days.
Mr Kenneth Lim, 58, a senior manager with an immovable construction company living nearly four years in Yangon, said: “It’s been pretty terrifying and tense.”