The safety and security of Rakhine State was discussed at yesterday’s meeting of the Pyithu Hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw.
Hluttaw representatives discussed at length the motion submitted by Daw Khin Saw Wai of Yathedaung constituency, Rakhine State, that urged the Union Government to promptly implement regional security and administration plans because Muslim extremists committing crimes in Maungtaw, Buthidaung and Yathedaung townships were greatly harming national security, rule of law, area consolidation and people’s lives and property, it was learnt.
“Due to extremists’ propaganda, threats and atrocious killings local ethnic people were forced to be displaced and made village administrators too frightened to perform their administrative duties. This led to destruction to rule of law. Losing sovereignty and power is not only the affair of northern Rakhine, but also the affair of the State, the whole populace and the Union. So, extremist-related terrorist activities, monetary and weapons aid should be sought for legal actions under the existing laws. Simultaneously, it must be found out who supported aid to these terrorist organisations by linking with international organisations, and it must be made known to the world”, said U Sit Naing of Minpyar constituency, Rakhine State.
Major Aung Kyaw Hnin, Tatmadaw Hluttaw representative said: “Bengalis started to have come to Rakhine after they were brought to work as coolies in farming since 1874 under the colonial rule. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing himself publicized to the world that there were no Rohingya race in Myanmar. Nowadays, Bengalis’ terrorist attacks are gradually starting to harm not only Rakhine State but also sovereignty of the State, before we recognised it.
In dealing with the affairs of Rakhine State, security matters should be prioritised for protecting the national sovereignty and depredation towards local Rakhine nationals from terrorists’ danger, instead of feeling fear of international pressure.
Lt Colonel Zaw Tun Oo, Tatmadaw Hluttaw representative said: “Atrocious deeds of Bengali extremists must be severely arrested under the existing anti-terrorism law. If prompt responses are not made against these violent attacks, it may harm national sovereignty and area consolidation in the long run. So it must be submitted to the Hluttaw as an important motion, urging the Union Government as needed. It is urgently needed to bring about peace and stability, rule of law, better security system for local nationals and strengthening administrative machinery which is now in existence in Rakhine State.”
Also discussing the motion were Daw Wint Wah Tun of Shartaw constituency, U Saw Tun Mya Aung of Phapon constituency, U Ba Shein of Kyaukphyu constituency, U Naing Htoo Aung of Natogyi constituency, U Lwin Ko Latt of Thanlyin constituency, U Yi Mon (a) Maung Tin Thit of Pubba Thiri constituency, Colonel Tun Myat Shwe, Tamadaw Hluttaw representative, Daw Pyone Kathy Naing of Kalaw constituency and U Thaung Aye of Pyawbwe constituency.
Lt. General Kyaw Swe, Union Minister for Home Affairs, said action is already being taken. “The Union Government and the Rakhine State Cabinet are performing the tasks of dealing with conflicts happening between the local populace and Bengali people, as well as bringing about security, peace and stability of Rakhine State, rule of law and regional development in the State, by forming committees on Rakhine State. And Union Ministers and responsible officials of Rakhine State Cabinet frequently visit Maungtaw, Buthidaung and Yathedaung townships to manage the tasks of regional security and development. For Islamists from the neighbouring country not to enter illegally the country into Buthitaung, Maungtaw and Yathedaung townships abutting Bangladesh situated in northern Rakhine State, the No. 1 border guard security control team consisting of the Myanmar Police Force, National Registration and Citizenship Department and Customs Department were deployed”, Lt. General Kyaw Swe said.
“Although the tasks of security and development are being carried out, extremist terrorists took the opportunity over the State Government’s actions taken against their attacks in accord with the existing rules and laws in Maungtaw District. Therefore these violent attacks will be severely eradicated according to the law. Security is to be increased to protect innocent people from the danger of those terrorists and those who abetted those terrorists will also be arrested in accord with the law. And the motion should be put on record by the Hluttaw,” said Lt General Kyaw Swe. The Hluttaw decided to put the motion on record.
Kyaw Thu Htet, Hmwe Kyu Zin
(Myanmar News Agency)