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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.

 

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Burmese govt agrees, in principle, to a federal union - Democratic Voice of Burma

Burmese govt agrees, in principle, to a federal union - Democratic Voice of Burma | Myanmar | Scoop.it
Democratic Voice of Burma Burmese govt agrees, in principle, to a federal union Democratic Voice of Burma Burma's central government agrees to the principle of establishing a federal union in the country, according to officials emerging from...
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DVB talks to Petter Furberg, CEO of Telenor in Burma - Democratic Voice of Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine DVB talks to Petter Furberg, CEO of Telenor in Burma Democratic Voice of Burma Telenor, the Norwegian telecoms giant, would appear to have been overshadowed this week by an announcement by its rival, Ooredoo, that it had...
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#MYANMAR #BURMA #Sitagu #International #Buddhist #Academy- #US #International #Religious #Freedom

#MYANMAR #BURMA #Sitagu #International #Buddhist #Academy- #US #International #Religious #Freedom | Myanmar | Scoop.it
Religion for Peace and Freedom from Fear Delievered by Sitagu Sayadaw at Seminor Sitagu International Buddhist Academy and US commission on International Religious Freedom Sitagu International Budd...
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DEREK TONKIN: The Sayadaw' s message is one we can all take to our hearts. He also had some strong words to say about British colonialism. While some of his comments are difficult to refute, his remark that "many Africans were imported as slaves when the United States of America was established. In the same way, the English rulers illegally imported labourers from India and Bangladesh to Myanmar for the hard labour during their rule," merits some respectful comment.

As is well known, until 1 April 1937 Burma was a province of India, and there were no border controls between India and Burma. Indeed, until the Japanese invasion in late 1941, Bengalis crossed freely into Arakan without let or hindrance. As both Burmese and Indians were "British Subjects", this meant that they had the same status and could visit and take up legal residence in either country virtually at will. In October 1941 an agreement between the (British) Governments of India and Burma regulated Indian migration into Burma for the first time ever, but the Agreement was not ratified by the time of the Japanese invasion two months later, and so never came into force. The Agreement recognised however that all Indians who had taken up residence in Burma were there legally, subject to conditions attaching to particular groups.

It is therefore difficult to see how Indian migration into Burma at the time could be classed as "illegal" when it was indeed promoted by the British authorities of both India and Burma. 

It is also worth recalling that many Muslims were taken from Bengal as slaves into Arakan in the 17th century. These slaves were in no sense a consequence of any British action. The Sayadaw would know who was responsible.

In contrast to their colonies in Africa, the British in Burma did not own vast landed estates. Bengalis were attracted to work in Arakan by mainly local landowners, who either owned lands privately, or as "grantees" or zemindars from the government. Rakhine landowners welcomed Bengalis because they were industrious and thrifty, did not drink alcohol, did not gamble and invariably paid their fees and dues promptly. As time went by, however, Bengali workers began to settle in Arakan, buying land from local Rakhine and grantees, although there had initially been no shortage of land for acquisition and  cultivation.

[The 'Arakan News' of 27 October 1877 had a rumbustious article about supposed Chittagonian exploitation of Rakhine residents: "Yes; Akyab is a prey to the Chittagonians, who look upon it as the vulture on its  victim, and scrape it to the bone". We might ask who is to protect the "lazy Arakanese" from these depredations.]

That mercurial 'enfant terrible' Maung Zar Ni has seemingly launched a verbal assaulton the Sayadaw in most immoderate language. In my own case I was recently described by Zar Ni as "senile, racist, ill-informed and intellectually incompetent", but I think I may have been let off lightly by comparison with others who have been the object of his ire. I gather I may also have incurred his disapproval because I am suspected, single-handed, of training Pol Pot's murderous Khmer Rouge guerrillas in Cambodian jungle warfare. I would not myself have thought that the Khmer Rouge would have needed any military training from me.


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Muslims Complain When Burma Does the Same Thing Muslim Countries Do | FrontPage Magazine

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You can't demand civil rights as a minority that you are not willing to provide as a majority.
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Ex-Norway Ambassador to Burma Becomes Telenor Executive - The Irrawaddy News Magazine

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UNICEF Should Open Its Books

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Why conflict continues in Kachin State

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Japan announces more aid, loans to Burma | DVB Multimedia Group

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Inside Burma - part 2: The battle to wrest the news from state control

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Kolkata's Rohingya link worries security forces - The Times of India

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Myanmar President Thein Sein takes stock of economic reform policy | Business | DW.DE | 26.03.2014

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Free education system for middle schools set for coming year

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French govt to give health system a cash injection

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Over 10,000 Myanmar Companies Failed to Pay Taxes Last Year

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Inside Burma - part 3: ‘Power belongs to the people but the army wants to hang on,’ says adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi

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Inside Burma - part 1: Burma aims to leapfrog South-east Asian neighbours after fresh beginning

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