By M.S. Anwar ׀ Thursday, June 26, 2014
Major General Maung Maung Ohn, appointed as a Military MP in Arakan State Parliament (Pyay Nay Hluttaw) on 20th June 2014, is also likely to be appointed as Chief Minister of the state on June 30, 2014, according to political analysts and think-tanks in Myanmar.
The Arakan State Parliament summoned Rakhine State MPs for an emergency meeting on June 25, 2014. The security around the parliament building was extremely tightened because of the attempts to riot by some extremist Rakhine youths.
In a letter sent by President Thein Sein to the Parliament, he (the President) proposed to appoint Major General Maung Maung Ohn as the Chief Minister of the State. However, the proposal to appoint him as the chief minister has caused disagreements among Rakhine extremists who feel that only a person from Rakhine ethnic background can be appointed as the Chief Minister of Arakan state.
Especially, Rakhine National Party- RNP (formed by merging Rakhine National Development Party-RNDP and Arakan League for Democracy- ALD) is opposing the appointment. Representatives of RNP feel that their voice is limited by the constitution.
“We want to object the proposal. We want to protest. But we mean that we can’t do anything due to the limitation by the constitution” said U Aung Mra Kyaw, a Representative of RNP to the State Parliament, speaking to Voice of America (VOA) Burmese Program.
“The Hluttaw (the State Parliament) has given us time until June 27, 2014, to submit (if there are any) objections to the appointment of Maj-Gen Maung Maung Ohn as the Chief Minister. Objections must fall in line with the constitution. Hence, we can hardly do anything. The meeting is adjourned on June 30, 2014. And a Chief Minister will be appointment on that day” U Aung Mra Kyaw added.
Though in Arakan state, there reside two distinct communities: Rakhine and Rohingya, hardly does Rohingya have any political role to play. They are totally cornered. No matter who is appointed as the Chief Minister of Arakan state, only time will tell if the situation of Rohingya (that are) facing slow burning genocide will get better or worsened.
On the other hand, Maj-Gen Maung Maung Ohn said that though he is not a Rakhine by ethnicity, he will work for the welfares of Rakhines considering himself as a Rakhine native.
Speaking to Mizzima News, he said “I can’t comment on the desires and wishes of the ethnic Rakhines and their political parties. What I can say is that I will consider myself as a Rakhine and work for their benefits and welfares.”
Major Maung Maung Ohn has earlier worked as Deputy Border Affairs Minister and headof Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC). During his time as the head of ECC, the ECC dominated by extremist Rakhines has overseen and blocked Foreign Humanitarian Aids for Rohingya IDP several times.
He paid a visit to Meybon Kaman IDP Camps and Pauktaw Rohingya IDP camps in the middle of last May. During the visit, he referred Kaman Muslims in Myebon as “Visitors” and Rakhines as “Hosts” implying that they (Kamans) should behave like visitors and not upset their hosts, meaning Rakhine Buddhists (Please Read More: HERE).