Malaysia's prime minister says there is no need for a legislative resolution criticizing Burma's military government.
The parliament was scheduled to debate a resolution Thursday calling on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to deny Burma the chairmanship of ASEAN next year if it failed to implement democratic reforms. But the parliament decided to postpone the debate.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says lawmakers are free to discuss the issue, but dismissed a need for a resolution.
A growing number of lawmakers in ASEAN member states have introduced similar resolutions in their legislatures.
The European Union and the United States are threatening to boycott ASEAN's regular meetings if Burma takes over the chairmanship.
Information for this report is provided by AFP.