Normally I refrained from posting issues which are sensitive in nature for Muslims of Myanmar.Everyone knows that Myanmar is opening up its door for International Investments, and also said to be on the process of Democratization. Almost everyday, there are all good news for Myanmar and its people, published by local and international media.
Burmese celebrated annual water festival and new year a week ago.During that period two tragic events unfolded in Kamma, a small town of upper Burma, and another place was in Kachin State of Northern Burma.
The strange thing I would like to highlight here is, about Media Silence. Both local and exile media which are so vocal about Democracy and Human Rights kept silent about these well known tragic events, failed to inform the public what really happened to the Minority Muslims in Myanmar.
That is the reason I have decided to share these events from my weblog.
Allah knows the best,
Kyaw Kyaw Oo
News Source MMSY Media.
“At night, they are still destroying Thein Lwin’s house in Yaenantthar Village near Kanma Township,” Nyi Nyi Lwin and Maung Maung Ni, victim Myanmar Muslims, said.
“While men were demolishing Al-hajjah Wah Wah’s house, women took her valuable goods away lawlessly and forcefully, and so she lost 0.7 Viss of gold (more than 1 kg of gold) and about 7 million Kyats (Myanmar currency,) during attack,” Nyi Nyi Lwin, who is now evading, narrated.
“And they attacked the Mosque too, leaving nothing at all,” he continued.
The main triggering factor for this terrible attack is competition for business between Wah Wah, a Myanmar Muslim business woman, and other non-Muslim business group supported by local authorities of USDP, the major political party of the present Myanmar government.
In the beginning of April, Wah Wah won fairly and officially the auction for business ferry licence which was formerly monopolized by the group who has a strong relation to USDP.
But this group did not want to transfer the business to her and requested her to hire these boats for a week. Thus she accepted their request and asked them to give the boats back when a week completed.
At that time, they refused to transfer the business to her and asked her by force to continue this hire.
Moreover, Win Naing, a USDP politician at Hluttaw(Myanmar Parliament), threatened her to transfer this business to his group, telling that if not, they would create a Muslim-Burma riot.
That is why, she unwillingly transfered this boats to this group again. After this event, on 13th April, two non- Muslim local guys started to fight a Muslim visitor, and so Muslims reported and charged this case to local police station but the police force took no action.
“At this night, the local people start to attack Muslims’ houses, shops and the Mosque,” Nyi Nyi Lwin added.
On this day, houses of Jabbar, Habilay, Zay Zay Oo, Pishow, Wah Wah, Eisop, Aung Moe Lwin and Raja’s shop had been destroyed.
Up to now, the local authorities announce nothing and take no action for this sorrowful transgression. The transgressors continued destroying, attacking to Habilay’s shop and Thein Lwin’s house who is Wah Wah’s brother on 14th April.
For negligence of the government authorities to victims and some USDP authorities’ involvement in this riot, Myanmar Muslims are feeling very unhappy for their helpless situation and unsatisfied due to such unlawful act in the newly democratized country.
Construction of a Muslim mosque in Kachin state’s jade-rich Hpakant township in northern Burma ceased on April 12 when a group of monks and their supporters intervened and proceeded to dismantle the partially built structure.
According to eyewitnesses a group of about 30 monks and dozens of their followers came to the construction site in the Shan Kone quarter of Seng Tawng at 4 pm demanding that building stop.
The group then set about taking down what had already been built. Within about 8 hours most of the building was destroyed, according to witnesses. The site of the mosque is now under guard by soldiers from the Burma army.
The monks and their supporters were apparently upset that the mosque was being built without proper permits and decided to take matters into their own hands, according to local residents.
In Burma government authorities often delay or refuse to allow proposed churches and mosques legal authorization to begin construction. Many existing churches and mosques are in legal limbo because proper permits cannot be obtained.
It is unclear if the group of monks and their supporters in Seng Tawng were encouraged by government authorities to take such provocative action as they did on Thursday. Previous acts of communal violence that have taken place in Burma are alleged to have been orchestrated by government agent provocateurs.
For many years the US state department has listed Burma as a country that engages in the persecution of religious minorities.
Although most Kachin are Christian, Kachin state is home to a large Buddhist population, some Animists and significant Muslim and Hindu minorities. The state capital Myitkyina also has a Sikh temple. Due to Hpakant’s jade mines the township has many migrants from across Burma.