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KBZ Bank Resumes Services for Rohingyas

By RVision TV Correspondent | February 28, 2017

Maungdaw — After temporarily freezing the bank accounts owned by the Rohingyas and blocking them from doing financial transactions, the Maungdaw branch of the KBZ (Kanbawza) Bank has resumed its normal services for the Rohingya today (on Feb 28), it has been reported.

On February 27, the Maungdaw Branch of the KBZ Bank turned away all the Rohingya account holders and customers after asking them to come (back to the bank) with the NVC (the National Verification Card). It was done in an attempt to pressure the local Rohingyas to accept the NVC which they reject, the locals believe.

“They posted a notice on the noticeboard that we can only regain access to our bank accounts or do financial transactions only with the NVC. The Rakhine staffs scolded a few Rohingya customers, too, who were adamant and requesting to allow them to withdraw their money.

But today, the bank itself phoned many account holders and allowed them to withdraw money and do the transactions. The bank explained that it had to do so upon the pressure from the Central Bank of Myanmar”, said a Rohingya businessman based in Maungdaw.

However, the locals are still skeptic if the Bank resuming its services for the Rohingya businessmen and account holders is temporary or permanent. Fear is widespread among the Rohingya business community in Maungdaw regarding any future restraints on their financial transactions.

Earlier, the Headmaster of the Kyein Chaung (Boli Bazaar) High School in northern Maungdaw has posted a notice in the school that the (Rohingya) University Entrance Level Students could obtain Examination Admission Cards after visting his office along with their Parents/Guardians, the Household Registration Lists and the NVCs, thereby forcing the local Rohingyas to accept the NVC. The University Entrance Level Examination is the most important examination for the life of any student in Myanmar.

The Rohingya people as a whole categorically reject the NVC as it is meant to issue to the foreigners recently arrived in Myanmar and valid for only two years. Therefore, accepting these cards will automatically deprive the Rohingya people of their indigenous status with the identity ‘Rohingya,’ disqualify their citizenship rights by birth.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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