Ci­ti­zen rights of Myan­mar Mus­lims can­not be for­got­ten, says stu­dent leader

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS - Daung Lu

88 -Gen­er­a­tion Stu­dent leader Mya Aye said that he would not ac­cept any gov­ern­ment which would compromise the ci­ti­zen rights of Myan­mar Mus­lims.

He was speak­ing at the ‘Civic Rights, Ci­ti­zen’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and Serv­ing the Na­tion fo­rum’ or­gan­ised by So­cial Al­liance, the Myan­mar Mus­lim civil so­ci­ety, and held at Park Royal Ho­tel, Yan­gon on March 4 in the af­ter­noon.

“I’d like to say straight here we have no rea­son to feel in­fe­rior. We don’t need to be in­fe­rior. I’d like to urge you to con­tinue your work of serv­ing the na­tion with the spirit of civic duty and with a clear con­science since you are not ex­pect­ing any op­por­tu­nity from any­one. And at the same time I’d like to say to other peo­ple not to treat us with in­fe­rior civic rights and I’d like to say to you to see us as the ci­ti­zens of this na­tion. We can’t be treated like that. As a sis­ter lady said be­fore here, we are the Myan­mar Mus­lims; it’s very sim­ple, all of us are Myan­mar Mus­lims liv­ing in this na­tion and fol­lows our reli­gion of Is­lam. This is Myan­mar Mus­lim. We don’t want to claim an eth­nic race. We are not in­ter­ested in it, but we want to get full civic rights granted in con­tro­ver­sial 2008 con­sti­tu­tion as fun­da­men­tal rights. No more or no less. We won’t ac­cept any gov­ern­ment which will compromise our civic rights and which will de­crease our fun­da­men­tal rights,” he said.

Mya Aye added that Myan­mar Mus­lims have done what they had to do in ev­ery role of theirs through­out the his­tory of Myan­mar so that they also have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to work for the devel­op­ment and pros­per­ity of the na­tion.

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