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Rohingya, Dictators, and Democracy in Myanmar | Zaw Lwin Oo

First of all, please accept my apology for my English’s weak points, and request you to be patient in reading as I am not a professional writer, nor a politician.

In Myanmar, whenever government face any political failure, she gear up pressure of persecution on Rohingya people or Islam. To do this systematically, the government gives training all of her servants including police, immigrations, officers, educators and religious monks against Islam and Muslims. Christians are also persecuted but not much like Muslims. There was an anti-Chinese riot in 1967, killed many Chinese and looted their properties, later, Burmese Buddhists look Chinese as pro-Buddhist partners, and they believe that they can make Chinese to be Theravada Buddhists easily.

Muslims dedicatedly and sincerely worked for Myanmar during the Dynasties periods, colonial periods, and parliament democratic periods but in the Socialist government period, the government started to restrict Muslims rights, and cleared Muslim history especially primary sources such as ancient monuments, books, peoples who were educated. The government has been using “divide and rule policy” to make Muslims as dangerous threat for the country. Immigration’s slogan is “The earth cannot swallow population, people can swallow Myanmar population”, it applies for the Muslims only. In the government schools, Buddhist worship-rooms are installed and every morning before students start the lessons they should recite Buddhist religious saying including the Muslims students, whoever doesn’t like to recite got punishment.

After 1988 demonstrations, the government has been encouraging to do Buddhist activities in every street, every quarter, and every office. As the same time, she has been warning the danger of Islam and Muslims. She uses Immigration law as the main persecution tool. It is very easy to clear all evidences of Muslims but in Arakan State, it is very difficult because there are a lot of historical monuments, records, and primary sources. So her main priority target became Arakanese Muslims called Rohingya. Firstly, she destroyed and cleared all historical monuments which proved that Rohingya are original inhabitants of Myanmar. There are still thousands of historical facts that affirmed Rohingya’s existence before British occupied Myanmar in 1826-1885. If you study Random House’s Compact Atlas of World History, page 60 and 61, you could find map of Islamic State in the Arakan. Thousands of historians wrote including Myanmar historian about Rohingya and Muslims but the government is still denying Rohingya’s existence. It is like a person who feels sun’s light and heat, then denies the existence of Sun.

How did government clear the evidences of ancient monuments of Muslims?

The Arakanese Kings with Muslim names and titles

According to former Chairman of Historical Commission, Burma, Lt. Col. Ba Shin’s “Coming of Islam to Burma 1700 AD”, Min Sawmon as Solaiman Shah, the founder of Mrauk-U dynasty and his successor were greatly influenced by Islamic culture. The practice of adopting a Muslim name or title by the Arakanese kings continued for more than two hundred years (1430 – 1638). This titles which appeared in Arabic script / Persian Kufic on their coins is given below:

No. Names of the Kings Muslim Names Reigning Period

1. Narameikhla (a) Sawmon Solaiman Shah 1430-1434 AD.

2. Meng Khari (a) Naranu Ali Khan 1434-1459

3. Ba Saw Pru Kalima Shah 1459-1482

4. Dawlya Mathu Shah 1482-1492

5. Ba Saw Nyo Mohammed Shah 1492-1493

6. Ran Aung Noori Shah 1493-1494

7. Salimgathu Sheikh Abdullah Shah 1494-1501

8. Meng Raza Ilias Shah - I 1501-1513

9. Kasabadi Ilias Shah -II 1513-1515

10. Meng Saw Oo Jalal Shah 1515

11. Thatsa Ali Shah 1515-1521

12. Min Khaung Raza El-Shah Azad 1521-1531

13. Min Bin (a) Min Pa Gri Zabuk Shah 1531-1553

14. Min Dikha Daud Khan 1553-1555

15. Min Phalaung Sikendar Shah 1571-1591

16. Min Razagri Salim Shah - I 1593-1612

17. Min Khamaung Hussain Shah 1612-1622

18. Thiri Thudama Salim Shah - II 1622-1637

Ref:( Lt. Col. Ba Shin, Coming of Islam to Burma 1700 AD, op. cit., P.5; Dr. Qanungo, A History of Chittagong, Vo. 1, op. cit., P. 233, 239, 250 & 271; Moshe Yegar, The Muslims of Burma, 1972, op. cit., P.19; Siddiq Khan, op. cit., PP. 248-249; Harvey, op. cit., P140; D.G.E Hall, op. cit., P.330; ABM Habibullah, Arakan in Pre-Mughal History of Bengal, JASB, 1945, PP. 34-35)

  1. bro...the main issue today is not race or religion..local rakhines r scared &afraid of banglis overbreeding...50years ago this problem didnt exists or surfaced so much since that time every family got no choice but to breed whatever they get....nowadays most of the tribes in myanmar r producing 2 or less babies per couple including yangon banglis myanmar muslims n kamans...i see kaman n myanmar muslim even shrink because lots prople choose not to marry or have only a child....same goes for rakhines. but rakhine r totally failed to modernize themselves into new world and they still stick to having as many babies as possible..this is source of 2012 riot.... of course there is government sys plan to remove muslims from army n higher posts but it doesnt reflect most of myanmar people will. most of myanmar people still supporting muslims in yangon n other places except to those near bangladesh border who refused to evolve themselves as modern human

  2. These rohinjas want to go to the West or to Malaysia as refugees. Let them go. They will be good workforce for developed countries.

  3. i want to adopt rohingya baby

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