Khin Mg Baw: Response to the Press Release of the ‘Rohingyas’
This is the open letter from U Khin Maung Baw in regard to the so-called Rohingya.
I am writing 2 books. 1. A Brief History of Rakhaing (Arakan) and 2. On the Evolution of the Rohingya Problem in the Rakhaing State because this Rohingya Problem becomes very serious and dangerous for the Rakhaing Race, Religion and Culture.
Many Rakhaings fear that the destiny similar to Palestinians and Kurds will befall to the Rakhaings (Arakanese) because:
(a) The Rakhaings do not have their own nation any more since 1784. The majority of Rakhaings live in the Rakhine State of Burma (Arakan). Some of them are in Chittagong District in Bangladesh and some live in Tripura (India), who are named Maghs by the Bengalis and Indians, however, Anauk-tha by the Arakanese (Rakhaings) in Burma.
(b) Almost all Islamic states backed the ‘Rohingya Movement’ because of Pan Islamism and helped them by all possible means.
(c) The powers like USA, EU, Canada, and Australia forced the Burmese Junta to accept the “Repatriation of Rohingyas” because they never trust this Junta from the very beginning. The Burmese Military Government had and has very bad reputation in both internal and international media. Hence, even if this Junta states the correct fact, it would be considered as a lie.
(d) Even China forced the Burmese Junta to accept the “Repatriation of Rohingyas” because the Chinese do not want to lose their face towards their Muslim Customers and do not want to lose their market. Many Muslim countries are big trade partners of China, who especially bought arms from China regularly.
(e) Burmese usually want to play ‘the Role of the Big Brother’ and sniffling their nose everywhere in the places of the minorities. Without knowing the background they interfere too much in minorities’ affairs. U Nu and AFPFL government granted Burmese citizenship to many Bengalis just to win the election as well as to punish the Rakhaings who supported the oppositions. Later, the various Military Juntas did not want to invite UN authorities during the liberation war in East Pakistan and also in post-war era, unfortunately, however, made aborted Nga Min (King Dragon) Operations which ‘invited’ hundred of thousands of Bengalis into Arakan.
(f) Some fanatic Burmese opposition groups supported the “Rohingya Movement” without knowing the history and facts properly because they hate the Military Junta. So, they are following the saying: “The enemy of my foe is my friend”.
(g) Some Journalists from the Western Nations unwittingly support “the claims of the Rohingyas” without knowing the facts and history properly. This is the most dangerous point. Now, Rakhaings, the real sons and daughters of Arakan have to make a campaign to prove and struggle for the right of their mother land.
(h) These Journalists unwittingly use the terms ‘Arakanese Buddhists’ or the ‘Maghs’ for the Rakhaings and ‘Arakanese Muslims’ for the ‘Rohingyas’, which is very dangerous.
(i) “Burmese Muslims”, “Arakanese Muslims” (ie. Kamans and Myaydus), ‘the Arakan Muslims’ (the early Bengali settlers during the British Colonial era) and the so-called “Rohingyas” are NOT the same. “Burmese Muslims”, “Arakanese Muslims”, and the Arakan Muslims, all together about 4% of the population of Burma, are already assimilated into the native societies, however, the so-called “Rohingyas” were and are NEVER assimilated into the native societies because the ‘Rohingyas’ were and are the latest settlers coming from the overpopulated former East Pakistan, later Bangladesh for various reasons. That why they neither speak Arakanese nor Burmese.
(j) The ‘Rohingya Problem’ is not a basic conflict between the Buddhists majorities and the Muslim minorities, as the way some authors claimed. Also the Rohingya issue cannot be compared with the Karen, the Kachin, the Shan and the other ethnic problems in Burma basically because the “Rohingyas” do not fall under the same category of ethnic minorities. Most of them are illegal immigrants from over-populated Bangladesh.
(k) If it is going on like now, Arakan will eventually forced to accept millions of Chittagonian Bengalis as ‘Rohingyas’ after each and every natural catastrophe in Bangladesh and it will be the end of Arakanese race, Buddhist religion, the Rakhaing language and culture.
(l) The situation of the ‘Rohingyas’ can neither be compared to Israel nor to Palestinians. Both Jews and Palestinian Arabs are the historical ethnic group of that area. Judaism came into being much earlier than Islam. The histories of King Solomon, David etc. etc., were supported by the Bible. The ‘Rohingya History’ is a fabricated one. It can not prove the historical existence of ‘Rohingyas’ in the region. There was no ethnic group called ‘Rohingyas’ in Arakan, India, Bengal and Burma. The name ‘Rohingya’ is an invented name only in the 1950’s.
Khin Maung Baw
Response to the Press Release of the ‘Rohingyas’
By Khin Maung Saw, Berlin, Germany
I. Introduction: After reading the press release of the ‘Rohingyas’ (see the other attachment), as a Rakhaing I am obliged to write the real Arakanese History during the Mrauk U Dynasty. Apart from that, I like to give some responses to that press release: First of all, in any case, the racial remarks of the Burmese Consul General in Hong Kong must be condemned, whoever these ‘Rohingyas’ are.