Letters to the Editor — August, 2011
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Letters to the Editor — August, 2011

By THE IRRAWADDY Monday, August 29, 2011

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Keep strong!

Thang Lian

War with Bangladesh?

Regarding the article, “Troop Movements Reported Along Bangladesh-Burma Border” [February 11, 2009; http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15096]:

It seems from the movement of troops a sudden encounter is imminent. It may become an all-out war with Bangladesh with US support. China’s role in this event is important. In the event of war what will China’s position be? That has to be seen with caution. If China does not support Burma then Burma may have to pay the price heavily.



Regarding the article, “Tension Mounts between Wa and Burmese Army” [February 10, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15085]:

If this is true, good! I support the UWSA standing with other ethnics.


The Irrawaddy Should Be Aware of Burmese Interests

Regarding the article, “Troop Movements Reported Along Bangladesh-Burma Border” [February 11, 2009; http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15096]:
Give the oil exploration to Bangladesh, then shift all the Bengali (so-called Rohingya) to Bagan [Pagan]. It will make Burma proud. Journalism is not for bashing and being one-sided. Sometimes as journalists you should be aware of national interests rather than attacking the military junta. If you experience how our Buddhism is treated in Bangladesh, then we should discuss that. How does democratic Thailand treat you in Thailand?


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Arakan Land

Regarding the article, “Unwanted: Dead or Alive” [February 10, 2009;
URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15082]:

Ask the Arakans about the Rohingya and they will tell you. Of course, the Rohingya are certainly not native to Burma, as far as I know, and it is certain also. This problem should be dealt with accordingly and of course, fairly also, as the Rohingya are “unwanted,” even by Bangladesh where they originate from in the first place.

I don't know of U Nu recognizing the Rohingya as an ethnic minority of Burma, much less a Rohingya serving in governing the country under the helm of U Nu. If he did, he would be dead then, in the hands of the Arakans, who had inhabited the land since before the Burmese established the first Burmese empire at Pagan in 1044, long before William the Conqueror (Duke of Normandy in France) sat on the throne of England after disposing of King Harold in 1066.

We can't let the Rohingya claim themselves as an ethnic group of Burma, as it is not true. And the fact that they are claiming Arakan as their land makes it worse for them to even stay in the country, where they have been living, illegally of course, for some decades, as far as I know. It is the sympathy and compassion shown to them—letting them stay on the land—by the Arakans in the first place, that their population has blown to the size that it is today. And woe to the Arakans today—the Rohingya are claiming their land as theirs.

Even Bangladesh, their native land, is refusing to accept them. Of course, Burma has no reason to do so, since day one, as they are not native to the country. The international community should take this case seriously now, before it is too late. As long as the Rohingya claim to be native to Burma, then they will have problems now and in the future, as it is not true. Even if the central governing body in Burma, whoever it is, agrees to host the Rohingya and let them stay in Arakan State, then the Arakans will make war on the governing body, and rightly so, in all senses. Take care people, before you do anything in this regard, for both short and long term consequences.

The Rohingya should be in Bangladesh, rather than in Burma, in line with their religion. Most importantly is the fact that they don't belong to any part of Arakan State, the land Arakans have been calling home, since a millennium ago.

George Than Setkyar Heine

No to Gambari

Regarding the article, “Gambari Had ‘Good Discussion’ in Burma: Ban” [February 11, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15090]:

UN should not believe the reports of Mr. Gambari's trip to Myanmar [Burma]. We do not trust Mr Gambari; he is not suitable to be a special envoy of the UN for Myanmar. The UN should dismiss Mr. Gambari as soon as possible.

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