by Salai Pi Pi
Friday, 13 February 2009 23:36
New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese consulate in Hong Kong has denied that the Rohingya people are part of Burma’s ethnic groups, saying that Burma does not have Rohingya ethnics.
In a letter to diplomats and heads of missions to Hong Kong on February 9, Burmese consular General Ye Myint Aung said Rohingya people were “neither Myanmar [Burmese] People nor Myanmar’s [Burmese] ethnic group.”
They are “dark brown” in complexion and do not resemble the Burmese people, who are “Fair and soft, good looking as well,” the Burmese consular said.
Ye Myint Aung’s letter came even as recent news surfaced regarding Rohingya boatpeople, who are stranded in Thailand, Indonesia and India.
In his letter, he urged his fellow diplomats not to be fooled by the news, which suggests Rohingya are an ethnic group belonging to Burma.
Ye Myint Aung’s letter is in line with Burma’s military government’s announcement in its mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar newspaper, which denied the presence of Rohingya people in Burma.
However, the Rohingya migrants, who were rescued from India, Thailand and Indonesia, said they had come from the northwestern region of Burma’s Arakan state.
A Rohingya activist in the United Kingdom told Mizzima that they had lived in areas of Maungdaw and Buthidaung in northwestern Arakan state, for centuries, but are denied citizenship rights. http://www.mizzima.com/news/breaking-and-news-brief/1708-burmese-consular-says-rohingya-do-not-belong-to-burma.html
In a letter dated 9 February 2009, addressed to All Heads of Mission, Consular Corps, Hong Kong and Macau SAR, and copied to Ian Holliday, the Hong Konk-based academic and the editor of The South China Morning Post among other recipients, the Consul-General Ye Mying Aung wrote as follows:
I would like to inform you that you might have read some news about “Rohingya Scandal” in recent papers. Some journalists expressed that as if Rohingya are Myanmarese (We do not have Myanmarese. We have only Myanmar People) and tried to seek a better place to stay or to look for a better jobs etc. And an academician Ian Holliday wrote an article by expressing that “Rohingya crisis a part of Myanmar’s ethnic strife” and he mixed his article with other internal affairs which can be confused for innocent readers, because of his lack of knowledge of back ground history.
In reality, Rohingya are neither “Myanmar People” nor Myanmar’s ethnic group. You will see in the photos that their complexion is “dark brown”. The complexion of Myanmar people is fair and soft, good looking as well. (My complexion is a typical genuine one of a Myanmar gentleman and you will accept that how handsome your colleague Mr. Ye is.) It is quite different from what you have seen and read in the papers. (They are as ugly as ogres.)
Therefore I would like to enclose two pieces of paper from the New Light of Myanmar Daily Newspaper, concerned with the recent Rohingya Scandal among various media, for your information. Thank you.
Kong hey fat choi!
Ye Myint Aung
The Consulate General of The Union of Myanmar
Hong Kong & Macau SAR
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