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Dimensi Baru Konflik Arakan amat meresahkan

Arkati Mosque Class
Usaha menjadikan konflik Arakan sebagai konflik Buddha-Islam semakin menjadi-jadi kebelakangan ini. Serangan ke atas Sekolah Agama di pekan Taketa, Rangoon minggu lalu merupakan usaha terbaru bertujuan untuk menjadikan konflik Buddha-Islam meluas, keluar dari geografi Arakan dan merebak menjadi konflik seluruh Myanmar.

Sekolah Agama di Manpye Kuarters, Taketa itu sedang dibaik pulih bagi memberikan lebih keselesaan kepada para penuntut untuk belajar, tetapi proses pembaikpulihan itu telah disalah tanggap oleh penduduk Buddha setempat sebagai salah satu usaha untuk membangunkan sebuah masjid atau musolla di kawasan kediaman mereka. Pada mereka ini merupakan satu usaha untuk menggugat kepercayaan yang telah mereka dan keluarga mereka pegang selama ini, sejak berkurun dahulu.

Ketegangan antara Buddha dan Islam semakin memuncak sejak dari peristiwa pergaduhan diantara penduduk berbangsa Rakhine yang beragama Buddha dengan penduduk berbangsa Rohingya yang beragama Islam di wilayah Arakan meletus Jun tahun lalu. Beberapa siri pertelingkahan merebak ke beberapa tempat lain termasuk di Mandalay dan ianya turut melibatkan bukan sahaja muslim yang berbangsa Rohingya tetapi juga muslim berbangsa Kaman. Bangsa Kaman merupakan salah satu bangsa yang diiktiraf sebagai warganegara Myanmar dan mereka kebanyakkannya mendiami kawasan di Pulau Ramree.

Konflik Timur Tengah yang semakin mengambil tempat di media-media antarabangsa terus menyebabkan konflik Arakan ini kembali sepi dan ianya memang sesuatu yang ditunggu-tunggu oleh pihak-pihak tertentu untuk meneruskan misi mengganyang yang sedang mereka gerakkan.

Saya berpendapat, sekiranya isu ini berubah dimensi dan menjadi konflik Buddha-Islam, ianya sesuatu yang amat merugikan. Kita bukan sahaja menambahkan kesukaran kepada penyelesaian konflik Arakan diantara Rohingya dan Rakhine, malah kita menambahluaskan lagi daerah persengketaan membawa hingga ke kota Rangoon dan ianya berpotensi juga untuk merebak keseluruh rantau Indo China menjangkau negara-negara majoriti Buddha seperti Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia dan Thailand. Ini pasti akan menyukarkan kehidupan kepada minoriti Muslim di rantau ini kelak serta bakal merencatkan proses dakwah dan Islamisasi di rantau ini.

Usaha untuk mengadakan dialog silang agama perlu disegerakan dan perlu diberikan keutamaan. Ketaatan beragama itu sesuatu yang baik dan perlu dipertahankan, namun kegagalan untuk memahami kewujudan agama lain dikalangan mereka boleh membawa bencana yang tidak berkesudahan nanti. Dialog antara agama atau kepercayaan ini, formulanya bukan untuk mencari siapa betul dan siapa salah, tetapi lebih kepada dimana kita bersama dan dimana kita mungkin berbeza.

Untuk Muslim, surah Al Kafirun telah menerangkan dengan baik maksud bagi aku agamaku dan bagi kamu agamamu…

SHAHRUL PESHAWAR
Pejabat Satelit MRA
Rangoon, Myanmar

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Pengupayaan Komuniti di Aung Mingalar, Sitwe, Arakan

Sedang menerangkan cara-cara dan kaedah pengagihan untuk penduduk di Aung Mingalar, Sitwe, Arakan.

Ketika berada di Aung Mingalar pada bulan September yang lalu, saya dan Sdr. Johari telah berjaya mengagihkan bantuan dari rakyat Malaysia kepada mangsa-mangsa konflik di Arakan. Kami turut bekerjasama dan meminta bantuan dari penduduk tempatan untuk membantu kami dalam kerja-kerja pengagihan bantuan makanan. Komitmen dan kesungguhan mereka untuk membantu kami amatlah membanggakan dan sangat-sangat dihargai.

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It is not MUSLIM against BUDDHIST or BUDDHIST against MUSLIM


Some medias are portraying the image of Muslim killing Buddhist and the Buddhist killing the Muslim in the Maungdaw Township in Arakan. It is a bad,mad and dangerous game played by certain peoples who doesnt want to see peace restored in Myanmar.

Rohingya and Rakhine had been staying and living together for such a long time, they knew their differences and they knew their strength and agreed in so many things, both races suffered under these SPDC, SLORC, NASAKA aka JUNTA etc.

Every quarters should try to stop the fighting from escalate to the whole Myanmar and by branding this as MUSLIM versus BUDDHIST is such a dangerous taglines as it will also harm other Muslim, especially those who are staying in Rangoon and other townships not located in Arakan, and these muslims are not even Rohingyas.

I urged, HE Daw Aung San Syu Kyi and NLD’s to intervene and to stop this killing, as people of the world wanted to see practical peace and justice being implemented and championed in Myanmar.

Shahrul

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Sports ministry denying Suu Kyi access to stadiums

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Burmese government is throwing up obstacles to prevent the National League for Democracy (NLD) from booking sports stadiums for campaign rallies by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

NLD campaign manager Nyan Win told a press conference on Monday in Rangoon that government sports minister Tint San is disrupting the NLD electoral campaign because the ministry will not allow access to book football stadiums, which are necessary to hold the large crowds that Suu Kyi attracts wherever she campaigns.

Government officials have repeatedly claimed that the April 1 by-election would be free and fair, a specific requirement sought by the international community prior to removing sanctions on the military-dominated government which says it is moving toward democracy. The NLD party is contesting for 48 seats in the by-election, and Suu Kyi said she plans to campaign across the country.

NLD spokesperson Ohn Kyaing said Suu Kyi wanted to deliver a speech at Pyapon Stadium in Irrawaddy Region on February 17, but the Sports Ministry would not make the stadium available and she was forced to deliver her speech at Thelgwin on the outskirts of Pyapon.

Talking about the ministry’s actions, Suu Kyi said in her speech in Thelgwin that such actions will damage the government’s credibility, especially with the international community which is carefully monitoring the by-election campaign.

The ministry also sent the NLD a letter rejecting its request to speak on February 15 at the Hlegu Football Stadium in Rangoon Region. Suu Kyi was permitted to use the stadium after the Union Election Commission (UEC) mediated between the two sides. A similar case involved Suu Kyi’s trip to Pathein in Irrawaddy Region in the first week of February, Ohn Kyaing told Mizzima.

On February 4, Suu Kyi was forced to postpone her planned campaign trip to Mandalay because the authorities said the Myanmar Football Federation refused to rent the Bahtoo football stadium for a speech.

The NLD applied on February 17 to the Mandalay Region Sports Department to use the stadium located near Mandalay Mountain, but the authorities did not reply, said Myo Naing, an NLD official from Mandalay Region.

The UEC has been informed about the issue, but so far it has not taken any preventive action, said Ohn Kyaing.

Minister Tint San is the owner of A.C.E Construction Company. In the 2010 general elections, he won a Lower House seat in Myaungmya Township as a Union Solidarity and Development Party candidate. In March 2011, he resigned to become Minister of Hotels and Tourism and Sports Minister.

In the April 1 by-election, Dr. Phyo Ko Ko Tint San, a son of Minister Tint San, is a candidate for a seat in the Myaungmya Township constituency. The NLD candidate is Mann Johnny.

Meanwhile, at the NLD press conference on Monday, Nyan Win said Upper House MP Dr. Myat Nyar Na Soe has resigned from the National Democratic Force to become an NLD member.

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Ihsanoglu Calls on Rohingya people to unite their efforts

The Secretary General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Prof Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu reiterated the OIC’s solidarity with the Rohingya people and reassured them of the support of the Organisation.

In his speech which was delivered by Mr. Talal Daaous Director of the Department of Muslim Minorities in OIC, the Secretary General highlighted the importance of the Meeting of Senior Leaders of Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU) and the Euro-Burma Office (EBO) which takes place in the OIC headquarters on 30 and 31 May 2011.

He noted that this second meeting of its kind in Jeddah aims to unite the efforts of the Rohingya people which stem from a resolution adopted by the Thirty Seventh Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers held in Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan in May 2010.

 Ihsanoglu underlined that the meeting stresses on coordinating the work of Rohingya Muslim organizations and uniting their ranks under a united coordination council and calls on OIC to continue these efforts to reclaim Rohingya Muslims’ rights.

The Secretary General clarified that an agreement was reached in the first meeting on 9th June 2010 which established an organizational and coordination structure known as the Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU) with the aim of uniting Rohingya peoples’ efforts. He stated that today’s meeting seeks the same purpose.

Ihsanoglu also reaffirmed that the OIC supported the return of the refugees and the restoration of their rights and privileges which were taken from them by the Burmese authorities.

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ASEAN should push Myanmar on Rohingya Issue too

ASEAN should be brave enough to remind Yangoon on the rights and plight of the Rohingyas.  The Rohingyas are the legitimate habitant in the Arakan and nearby areas and they had been staying there for hundreds of years and they are recognized as the owner of the land.  

Baseless allegations such as Rohingyas are the migrators from Bangladesh are the common escapism sentence that will be used by the SPDC regime to allow their brutality and harrassment to these Rohingyas. 

The leaders of ASEAN, I’m sure have enough information and in-fact some of them had the opportunity to see the truth of what this SPDC regime had done to their own people. 

ASEAN is not a forum only for the leaders, it is also a forum for us, the people of ASEAN.  People of ASEAN cannot tolerate such a notorius government who doesnt have any guts to accept their own people.  

ASEAN should push Myanmar harder on the issue of human rights, democracy and tolerancy.  The current development on democracy in Myanmar is just a lip service.  The foreign Minister of ASEAN is wasting the tax-payers money in Senggigi  if they cant do anything better than pressuring the SPDC regime to uphold the basic human rights to its own people.

SHAHRUL PESHAWAR, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur

 

ASEAN to push Myanmar on democracy, wants sanctions lifted

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE70F0D320110116

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