Malaysia on Sunday slammed an ASEAN statement on the humanitarian situation in Myanmar's strife-torn Rakhine State, calling it a "misrepresentation of the reality" that has caused more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee across the border to Bangladesh.

"Malaysia would like to disassociate itself from the chairman's statement," Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said after the Philippines, as chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, said ASEAN foreign ministers had "expressed concern" over developments in the state.

Anifah said Malaysia had made known its concerns to its fellow ASEAN members, "but they were not reflected in the chairman's statement. Hence, the chairman's statement was not based on consensus."

He also lamented that the chairman's statement omits specific mention of the Rohingya Muslims -- a stateless, persecuted and unrecognized ethnic minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar -- and merely refers to "affected communities."

Myanmar's government has rejected any use of the term "Rohingya."

Regarding the ASEAN statement's condemnation of attacks by Rohingya militants' against Myanmar security forces on Aug. 25, Anifah said Malaysia does too, but it recognizes that the Myanmar military's crackdown have been "disproportionate," leading to the "deaths of many innocent civilians" and causing the mass exodus to Bangladesh.

He urged Myanmar authorities "to end the violence, stop the destruction to lives and properties, allow immediate unimpeded access for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Rohingyas and all affected communities, and to resolve the Rohingya refugee problem."

Malaysia is worried that the recent conflict could result in another influx of Rohingya refugees into the predominantly Muslim country, which already hosts almost 60,000 of them from earlier rounds of violence in Rakhine.

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, in a statement Monday, said the ASEAN statement was issued after "extensive consultations with Malaysia" and taking into account the sentiments of the other members of the 10-member regional bloc.

"ASEAN is deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in the northern Rakhine State, and since Malaysia has a different view on some matters, out of respect for its position, we decided that instead of a Foreign Ministers' Statement, we would issue a Chairman's Statement that would reflect the general sentiments of the other foreign ministers," it said.

As this year's ASEAN chairman, the Philippines is allowed a "certain level of flexibility" in the statements it issues on various matters, according to the department.

On Saturday, Anifah said in an address to the U.N. General Assembly that "horrifying crimes against humanity" were occurring in Rakhine, with "indiscriminate violence" being perpetrated against the Rohingya people.

"Such atrocities have unleashed a full-scale humanitarian crisis that the world simply cannot ignore but must be compelled to act," he said.

"If the current situation is not addressed judiciously, the desperate people in Rakhine will become easy prey to recruitment by extremists. Prolonged frustration, anger and deprivation provide fertile breeding ground for it," he warned.