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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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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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EXPELL Myanmar Ambassador from Kuala Lumpur

Non-stop brutal violences taking place against Rohingyans: Urgent intervention require in Arakan
Press release by NDPHR(exile),

There are on going communal violences growing day to day in inside Arakan/Rakhine state from the day of 3rd June- where 10 muslims massacred in Taungup township. The armed forces who are acting as security forces are sided with Rakhine people and explored more brutal violences against Rohingyans.

The government does not show any sign to stop on going crimes committing by Rakhine people therefore there is in need of international intervention, urgently. Today around 9am, the government ordered to leave all NGOs fnorthern Arakan state..

In brief up to afternoon of today 10 June, at least 200 Rohingyans from Maungdaw and about 30 Rohingyans from Sittwe were shot dead by security forces and other about 50 Rohingyans taken away are missing, Rohingya houses in 30 villages from Maungdaw and Rohingya houses in six villages from Akyab were burn down by Rakhine people. Rohingyans those came out to stop fire were shot dead by security forces. Beside, thousands of Rohingyans homeless and displaced and facing shortage of foods and those injuries are with lack of medic care.

In Akyab/Sittwe city, there are Duamraung and Bumay villages including the mosque near Sittwe airport are still burning. At early morning 4:00am of today, Harzamya village was burnt down, at least 13 Rohingyas were shot dead by Police and Paramilitary Forces, 4 injured.

At around 09:15 am, Police Officer Than Htin killed innocent one Rohingya girl (Ramzaan- 12yrs ) Rohingya boy (Name –Abdu Rahaman-10yrs ) and her brother injured. Dead body was taken by Paramilitary Forces. From yesterday evening, Rakhine people started gangly attacking of Rohingyan villagers and setting fire of their villages after security forces shot fire into the houses. From last night to today early morning, at least dozen of Rohingyans were killed and 30 other were taken away. Arzimya, Nadikya villages were burnt down into ashes.

In Bumay village, under the guide of Rakhine people the police shot dead five Rohingyans during they went into the houses to those Rakhine set fire to go there in order to stop the fire there. Rakhine people are still rounding with lethal knives and chanting with loud speakers- “terminate kala”, “kala-kala.. kill-kill” (‘Kala’ is a racial slur word used to call Rohingya by Rakhine). Several other Rohingyan houses including houses from Kondan-ward were set on fire. It is also confirmed that Rakhine people those came to set fire were entering wearing muslim religious dresses. The local authorities plus police forces are encouraging the Rakhine to eliminate the Rohingyas and set fire at houses. Again early morning today, a group of Rakhine tried to burn Nazi Village but it was stopped by Rohingyan villagers

On previous night of 4 June, A large group of Rakhine people marched to attack the ancient Foktoli mosque and village of Nazi. But it was broke away by security forces after Rohingya villagers came out to resist them.
In Maungdaw township from Friday afternoon, 8 June. Security armed forces involving Rakhine people are acting mainly in shooting and killing of at least 200 Rohingyans and taking away the bodies, burning down 30 Rohingyan villages including religious building, destroying shop lots and looting goods and cash.

NDPHR would like to raise with some escalated the following reports; From Friday at about 2:00pm, 8th of June, the riot police fired more than 40 rounds at about 500 Rohingya peaceful prayers who are going to demonstrate peacefully in Myoma Kayandan village of Maungdaw Town to give the respect to the massacred 10- Muslim in Taungup on June 3. That killed at least two Rohingyas, several other injuries and some houses are burning at the this moment.

Beside, the main central mosque and prayers were attacked by Rakhine people in the presence of riot police. That created furious tension and followed attacking each other. Early morning of 9 June, military forces entered into Hunri-para and shot at Rohyingyas . At least 5 persons death and the bodies were lifted by truck.
Again afternoon, after military guarded Narittardil(ward-5), Rakhine brunt down the mosque.

On the following day the following religious buildings have been torched to burn down; 1)Morcos mosque of Sikdarpara, 2)Noapara mosque, 3)Sambanna and Sarkumbo mosques of Ali Thangyaw.

At midnight of 8 June, the Hlun Htein forces from Ngakura village accompanied by the extremists from the Rakhine village of San Oo Rwa (Hatipra) attacked the Rohingya villagers of the same village, killing one person injuring 3 others. The dead body was carried away by the killers. In many villages, security forces corporately with Rakhine people fired to the Muslim houses. When the inmates left their homes the Rakhine set fire. The villages of Hatalia, Sommonia, Razarbil, Kayandan and San Oo are among those which were also attacked.

From 9 June, the Buddhist monks and Rakhine extremists escorted by security forces were announcing ‘War on Kalas, (war on Rohingyas) along the street of Maungdaw. This message was spread like a wild fire all over Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships. The villagers also confirmed that many security forces dressed in civil clothes but with arms are firing at the Rohingyas.

Despite government authority had mutually approached on following protest near Sulay of Yangon, similar approach was not delivered in Arakan state. In Arakn, the armed forces were sided with Rakhine people and explored more brutal violences against Rohingyans. They also set fire a few Rakhine houses in order to tarnish Rohingyan people’ image.

It’s learnt from the beginning that despite Rohingyan villagers both in Maungdaw and Sittwe are confined within their villages under Curfew order, security forces are shooting at Rohingya villagers with cool blood and Rakhine people are still allowed to attack Rohingyans and to fire houses, to loot goods and cash in the present of security forces.

The due course of pending action against the mass killing of 10 Muslims in Taungup, is also a part of continuing tension between Rakhine and Rohingya communities. While authority has not yet arrested those terror Rakhine people.

All of such violence are direct result from the subject of Arakanese Rohingya Muslims are not entitled to be citizenship under new citizenship law-1982 based on the changes of Rakhine state from Arakan state in 1974. So, Rohingya people have to face oppressions in common and brutal attacks periodically and occasionally.
The mass killing of 10 Muslims by 300 Rakhine people in Taungkup on the 3rd of June, was one of the shock wave of their intentional desires of Rakhine people. For Rakhine people, it was a part of fulfilling to the chapter of muslim-free-zones defined from 1983 which consists Gwa, Taungup, Tandwe and Ponnagyuan townships. There were several hundreds of Rohingyans were killed in similar way in these regions and such crime will be carried on until the government implement such draconian act.

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UN urges restraint at Cambodian-Thai border

Laos News.Net
Wednesday 15th October, 2008 (IANS)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Cambodia and Thailand Wednesday to exercise utmost restraint and settle their dispute through dialogue.

Ban said in a brief statement that the dispute over a temple at the joint border should be resolved peacefully following reports of gunfire and casualties.

Cambodian and Thai soldiers Wednesday morning exchanged gunfire in a disputed zone near the ancient Preah Vihear temple on the Thai-Cambodian border called Eagle Field, or Eagle Terrace, 300 km north of the Cambodian capital, which is an important strategic point for access to Preah Vihear.

‘The Thai injuries were worse, but there were casualties on both sides,’

Hang Soth, the director-general of Cambodia’s Preah Vihear authority, which oversees the site, also said Thailand violated his country’s airspace before the gun exchange between the sides.

‘The Thai fighter jet came 8:50 a.m. and again at 10.07 a.m. to disturb our airspace. Cambodian soldiers wanted to fight then, but they were placated for a while,’ Soth said from a meeting in Phnom Penh.

He said there were casualties on both sides, but that the Thai side had borne the brunt of duel M-79, B-40 and AK-47 exchanges.

Cambodian authorities said all civilians had fled the area and it was now regarded by both sides as a conflict zone.

The Wednesday shoot-out at Eagle Terrage is important to the ongoing dispute over the Preah Vihear temple because whoever controls that area controls access to the temple, which is sacred to both sides.

A similar clash at the same site on Oct 3 left two Thai soldiers and one Cambodian wounded.

SHAHRUL PESHAWAR – Thailand & Cambodia should sit down and discuss the matter professionally.  Think of your relationship and neighbourhood spirit first before make things become worst.  People Interest not politician interest.

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