22 October, 2020

‘There’s No Persecution, Just That Govt Will Not Use Rohingya In Official Nation

Maung Maung Ohn, the Chief Minister of Rakhine, Myanmar on the refugee crisis in the Bay of Bengal.

‘There’s No Persecution, Just That Govt Will Not Use Rohingya In Official Nation

As the world lashes out against Rakhine, Myanmar’s southwestern coastal state and the port of origin of the refugee crisis in the Bay of Bengal, Outlook speaks to Maung Maung Ohn, chief minister of the state. Sitting in his office at the state secretariat in capital Sittwe, in his first-ever interview to any international media, Ohn took out nearly two hours from his busy pre-election schedule to answer questions through his interpreter Khain Kyaw Htoo, discussing what has been referred to as the biggest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century.

How do you respond to the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in your state?

There are two major ethnic groups in the state of Rakhine, those who have inhabi­ted this land for a very long time and those who migrated from another country, the Bengalis. Myanmar has accepted the outsiders and has agreed to give them citizenship and provide them with national cards but they insist on being given a special status and want the name ‘Rohingya’ mentioned...



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