Sacked of­fi­cers to be re­placed in Oc­to­ber

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - NAW BETTY HAN naw­bet­ty­han@mm­times.com

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.

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