…and other stories from a Burmese Buddhist that you won’t find in the mainstream media.
Hla Oo’s Blog From almost zero in the 1960s to more than 30,000 in 2013 the Muslim population grew massively in the small town Meikhtilar, the famous lake city of Buddhist heartland in Middle Burma. And believe it or not they’ve built 14 massive mosques and madrassas with free flowing petrol-dollars from Wahabi Saudi Arabia.
Without counting the regularly-shifting military-population from the LID-99’s cantonment area and Shandae the second largest air-force base in Burma the total population of Meikhtilar is only about 100,000 and Muslims represent 30% of Meikhtilar residents. With financial support from the Islamic world outside Burma the Meikhtilar Muslims prosper enviably amidst the Buddhist majority who have been agitated deeply by the growing number of affluent foreign-looking Muslims in the town.
The Arakan race riots last year and the unrelenting pressure on Burma from the Saudi-funded OIC-led Islamic world to grant the millions of illegal Bengali-Muslims on the Bangladeshi border Burmese citizenship have made the Buddhists, not just in Meikhtilar but the whole Burma, slowly simmering with deep anger for a while now.
Burmese nationalist politicians almost exploded when the so-called UN Special Reporteur For Human Rights in Burma and that anti-Burmese-Buddhist Tomas Quintana openly called for the repeal of Burma’s 1982 Citizenship Law so that millions and millions of illegal Bengali-Muslims would be granted Burmese citizenship. The perceived or actual control of local NLD – Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy – offices by the Meikhtilar Muslims has also inflamed that resentment and anger more.
“The Muslims already have money and commercial control and now they also want political control over us. Why?” the Meikhtilar Buddhists asked themselves and they do not like it at all, naturally. The Nationalist Buddhist monks’ 969 campaign to patronize only the Buddhist businesses also has been raising general awareness of growing Muslim’s commercial power.
Rapid Islamization of Burmese towns by Illegal Bengali-Muslims.
Hundreds of Burmese-Buddhists arrested and charged by Thein Sein Government for the recent riots in Meikhtilar and other rural towns in Middle-Burmar are all poor Buddhist villagers seriously affected by the rapidly changing demographics of Islamization in Burma by the illegal Bengali-Muslims, initially from the Bangladeshi border, rapidly spreading all over Burma.
After India-Pakistan war in 1971 and the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Bangladesh and the subsequent turmoils in that country had forced millions of Bengali-Muslims into Burma. Even the Bangladeshi Ambassador in Burma admitted in 1975 that at least half a million illegal Bangladeshis were in Burma then.
These millions of illegal Bengali-Muslims then had dissipated into Burma proper and with their rampant over- breeding, that illegal Bengali population has grown into more than three million Bengali-Muslims claiming Burmese citizenship now without any loyalty to Burma and her native Burmese-Buddhist people.
And that is the root cause of the burning of Muslims and their mosques and madrassas in Middle Burma just last week.
Thein Sein’s Government and ASSK’s NLD can blame as much as they wanted on certain political interest groups and even on the nationalist monks and their 969 campaign for the recent race riots or even on the recalcitrant army. They can also arrest and charge and jail as many Burmese-Buddhist rioters as they wanted for the horrific murders and the arson and the destruction these poor Burmese-Buddhists willingly committed.
But the anti-Islamic and anti-Bengali-Muslim riots will definitely be coming back frequently from time to time to haunt them ruling class as long as the root cause of these so-called race riots the rapid Islamization of Burma by illegal Bengali-Muslims is not totally removed.
Especially while their Islamic brothers Bangladeshi Muslims are committing the horrible Buddhist-cleansings in their former homeland Bangladesh.
(To pacify the restless Buddhist masses all over Burma, Thein Sein Government yesterday announced that all the Mosques destroyed in Meikhtilar and other towns are not allowed to rebuild unless the Muslims can show solid proof that their mosques were originally built with legal permission from the Ministry of Religious Affairs.)