By Rohingya Mirror
Buthidaung, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) — The President Thein Sein visited Buthidaung Township yesterday as part of his visits to the cyclone-hit regions in Arakan state (now Rakhine state) of Myanmar (Burma).
The president arrived in Buthdaung Township around 7:30AM by a helicopter. Accompanying him were Rakhine State CM Maj-Gen Maung Maung Ohn and a few President’s cabinet ministers.
Then, he held a meeting at the meeting hall of MOC (Military Operation Command) 1 based in Buthidaung Township, where he invited 32 local community representatives: sixteen each from Rakhine and Rohingya. In the meeting, he said—
[blockquote style=”1″] The President responded by urging both the local people and the authorities to perform their respective roles in rebuilding/repairing the religious buildings/infrastructures the earliest possible. [/blockquote]
“I am very happy to see both communities sitting together in a hall under one roof.
I want express my happiness and congratulations over the peaceful coexistence of the two communities without any discrimination on the basis of race and religion.
I want to urge you all to peacefully coexist without any racial or religious problems in the future as well.” [/double_paragraph] [/row]
“The purpose of my visit is to encourage and support the victims of the natural disaster of the recent cyclone” he added.
In question and answer session, a representative from Rakhine community raised the issue of the reconstructing the damaged monasteries and the Rakhine people internally displaced by the storm. Meanwhile, Dr. Bashir, a Rakhine state MP representing Buthidaung Constituency and a Rohingya representative to the meeting, expressed that the Rohingyas want to repair/rebuild religious buildings or infrastructures damaged/destroyed by the cyclone and the flooding.
To which the President responded by urging both the local people and the authorities to perform their respective roles in rebuilding/repairing the religious buildings/infrastructures the earliest possible.
After the meeting, the President visited a monastery where the natural disaster hit victims from the Rakhine community are taking shelter. He met with them and provided aids to the Rakhine victims.
Afterwards, he the president and the ministers accompanying him made rounds by 20 Cars in the downtown of Buthidaung and observed the situation of the region after the natural disaster. And then, they left the township in the evening of the day.
In Buthidaung Township, the recent cyclone severely affected around ten Rohingya villages causing more than 32 people dead and hundreds of homes totally destroyed. Besides, hundreds of acres of agricultural lands belong to Rohingyas were damaged by the flooding caused by the storm.
Therefore, the President claiming to have visited the region to encourage and support the cyclone-hit neither provided any aids to the majority victims –Rohingyas— nor did he meet with the general Rohingyas to encourage them. Therefore, it implies that the President himself doesn’t practice what he preaches about peace and ‘Non-Discrimination.’
On the other hand, the locals in Maungdaw Township also expected for the President’s visit to the township as he was due to visit the township too. However, the President didn’t visit Maungdaw causing displeasures amongst the locals.
[blockquote style=”1″] Therefore, it implies that the President himself doesn’t practice what he preaches about peace and ‘Non-Discrimination.’ [/blockquote]
Earlier on Thursday, the President paid a visit to Sittwe (Akyab) Township to meet with the government officials, Rakhine civil society groups and the representatives from the locals. He urged them during the meeting to provide humanitarian aids to anyone or any group of people affected by the cyclone regardless of race, religion or colour.
Whether or not he will pay visits to any more regions hit by the natural disaster in the coming days is still to be seen. [/double_paragraph] [/row]
[Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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