Buthidaung, Arakan State: Ma-Ya-Ka (Township Administration Officer) Chairman of Buthidaung Township held a meeting inviting local leaders and villagers of Taung Bazar under Buthidaung Township yesterday morning, a local leader said on condition of anonymity.
“In the meeting, he told that not to say “Rohingya” in upcoming census, to destroy all the houses and other structures, which had been built in new places and to get marriage permission Rohingyas have to submit applications to the concerned authorities, which had been exercised by Nasaka (former border security force).”
The next coming census will be started in next month said a BGP (Burma Border Guard Police) officer in another meeting, said a village elder from the locality.
At present, Rohingya villagers get marriage permission from Village Administration Officer after bribing some money, according to villagers.
A businessman from Buthidaung Town said, “We hope, the concerned authorities will do their plan against the Rohingya community, regardless of international pressure on Burmese government.”
This is the first time; the concerned authority told the Rohingya villagers that they will take action against Rohingya community after leaving US President Barak Obama from Burma.
Burmese government views the estimated 1.3 million Rohingya – living in dire, segregated conditions in Arakan State– not as citizens, but as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.
During a private meeting with President Thein Sein on November 13, which focused largely on the Rohingya’s plight and President Obama used the word “Rohingya” multiple times and did so purposefully, according to a senior U.S. official.
The U.S. has deep concerns about the abuse of the Rohingyas, but Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has resisted calls to speak out on their behalf. Since the start of this year, Burmese government has stepped up pressure on foreign officials not to use the word “Rohingya.”
On November 13, however, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on President Thein Sein to address citizenship concerns for the Rohingya community.
Ban Ki Moon’s use of the word drew a harsh rebuke from Maung Maung Ohn, the Chief Minister of Rakhine State, who said in a statement that the term brings up distrust and furthers the “divide between the Rakhine and Bengali (Rohingya) populations, according to sources.