Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rakhine ministers try to build Buddhist community hall on Rohingya’s resident

Akyab, Arakan State: U Tha Lu Chey, the minister of the Arakan State Administration Board, is trying to build a Buddha Damma youn (Buddhist community hall for religious purposes) on property occupied by a Rohingya family, according to a block administration office member from the area.

The minister visited No. 570, block (A-4/A-5), Merchant Street, Sayounsu block, Akyab, on March 3rd at 9:00 am,  which is the home of Mohamed Sayed (alias Hla Maung Thein) a Rohingya . He and his family have lived there for a long time and reportedly hold documents proving their ownership of the property, the  administration office member said.

“U Aung Than Way, U Aung Thein Tun and U Maung Aye, Rakhine community members, who reside on the same block are also trying to build the Buddha Damma youn and organized the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP) to use its power to confiscate the Rohingya’s residence,” according to the source.

The RNDP ministers – U Tha Lu Chey, U Aung Than Tin and U Kyaw Thein – also visited the place where the block administration officer showed an empty piece of land but the ministers reportedly said in front of the people that they will use the power of the party power to confiscate the Rohingya’s  land.

An previous attempt to build a similar structure on the same land failed, according to a Rakhine resident  from
Dhayawaddy Block.

The area is occupied by Muslims and there is not a Buddhist community there. Construction of a Buddha Damma youn must be done in an area with a Buddhist community, a politician from Akyab said.

Source: Burma News International

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