No ‘Rohingya’ race in Myanmar, says Deputy Minister
Nay Pyi Taw, 20 Feb-
There is no socalled‘Rohingya’ ethnic race in Myanmar, Deputy Immigration and Population Minister U Kyaw Kyaw Win said at Pyithu Hluttaw today.
He repeated the comment twice in his answers to questions raised by U Maung Nyo of Sittway Constituency and Daw Khin Saw Wai of Yathedaung Constituency – both from Rakhine State which in 2012 witnessed bloody strife between two communities involving indigenous Rakhine nationals.
The deputy minister also said there is no official information with the word‘Rohingya’ which MP U Maung Nyo mentioned as a‘newly coined word’.
The deputy minister added that non-ethnic ci t izens in Myanmar include Chinese, Nepalese, Pakistani, Bengali and Indian.“I do not say there is no Bengali in Myanmar,” Daw Khin Saw Wai told The New Light of Myanmar, saying the purpose of the question is to make clear that there is no “Rohingya” ethnic race in Myanmar.