Sacked officers to be replaced in October
Six new administrative officers will be selected in Insein this month after the former officers were sacked for distributing anti-religious documents to local residents.
SIX new Insein administrative officers will be selected in October to replace former administrative officers, who are under investigation for releasing unofficial letters to the public with anti-religious content.
The letter, distributed throughout the township, slandered Islam. The culprits are currently under investigation after having been fired, said U Aye Min, the administrative officer of Insein township.
The process to appoint six new administrative officers will be concluded in October and the candidates will be elected by the Yangon Region government.
“They were fired from their position in September according to the decision of Yangon Region government authorities and after discussing with the Insein township administrative officers team,” said U Aye Min.
The letters, titled “how to protect from the jihad war”, urged residents to mistrust local Muslims, and to gear up for conflict.
“Action should be taken against them [the culprits] as they damaged religious diversity and harmony among (different) religious communities. I think that they should be arrested, as getting fired is not enough… we have to be careful to avoid a similar case with the new administrative officers,” said U Mg Mg Oo, MP of Insein township.
Rumors about potential terrorist attacks had surfaced since September 11 and the government warned of legal action if there were cases of propaganda in Myanmar.
“The government tries to solve misunderstanding of religions in their own way, for instance by organising the nationwide interfaith praying ceremonies.
“This kind of propaganda should not happen in our communities and this illegal matter will be made an example,” said U Thar Aung, the parliamentary member of Yangon Region Hluttaw.
The NLD’s government is facing increasing international pressure to address the current crisis in Rakhine State where hundreds have died and tens of thousands have been displaced as Myanmar’s military responds to attacks by Rohingya insurgents.
The government is organising interfaith ceremonies nationwide to promote peace and harmony among the different religious groups every Thursday in October.