Shuaib August 16, 2016

Buthidaung- Taking permission from the chief of Army, a Buddhist extremist started torturing the Rohingya people by collecting poll tax who are going from the villages to town by boats or vehicles to do market or see doctors in Buthidaung, Arakan, according to a correspondent.

Recently, a Buddhist extremist named Maung Kin Thein, living in Ward no.3, Buthidaung, has taken permission from the chief of army camp to collect poll tax from the poor Rohingys who come from their areas to town via Angu Maw Lan Road where unlicensed cars, motorcycles and taxies run from the harbour of town to Sin Nyen Bya.

He started collecting tax from 12, August. He is forcibly taking one thousands Kyats per bus and five hundreds Kyats per motorcycle. Besides, he is collecting tax from the boats, sampans that run by the Meyu River through his area.

A local said, “We are being tortured so much in every walk of our life at the hand of newly elected NLD led government and are being afraid of increasing torture, harassment, killing, money extortion, raping, etc. than U Thein Sein led government.”

It is not only known to the people of Myanmar but also to the people of all over the world that by taking legal license from the authorities, some notorious Buddhists collected poll tax form the Rohingyas who were coming from their respective areas by boats or vehicles  to towns for important matters in the time span of military regime. But it has not been known yet that any country in the world collects poll tax from the people except Myanmar, a killing field for Rohingya Muslims.

Edited by: M. Shuaib

To send reports and feedback, please email to: