Bengali terrorist acts run into difficulties in maintaining harmony between communities

Writer: 
Soe Min Htaik

Bengali terrorist acts committing in Rakhine State ran into difficulties in maintaining harmony between different communities, Nyi Pu, Rakhine State Chief Minister, said.

The remark of Rakhine State Chief Minister came from the question of the reporters about progress of work in Rakhine State before the monthly CEC meeting of the ruling NLD party in Nay Pyi Taw on September 17.

A reporter asked the chief minister what he planned to harmonize with communities and ethnics when the situation returned to normal.

Nyi Pu, Rakhine State Chief Minister, replied: “If I tell you in short, it runs into difficulties a lot. We tried to harmonize the communities as much as we could previously. Since our government takes office, it is a top priority. It was tried repeatedly, but unsuccessful. It is now the most difficult moment. It has to take much more time. We are in a position of making plans. These have been discussed.

Another reporter asked the chief minister how to resume civilian administration in the absence of many civil servants at present.

  Nyi Pu, Rakhine State Chief Minister, replied: “Civil servants are there. Some teachers return as schools are closed. The number of civil servants returning home is only a few. Most of the civil servants are there. Now they are returning to discharge duties. Teachers have been informed since to resume their work. During these days, schools are reopened.”

Another reporter asked the chief minister if the situation started turning to peace and stability.

  Nyi Pu, Rakhine State Chief Minister, replied: “The situation calms down. Security and administration have been under control. Conflicts and shootings have not been seen. The situation remains calm. The IDPs are returning their native places.”

Another reporter asked the chief minister how to scrutinize the data on the number of Bengalis fleeing to Bangladesh.

  Nyi Pu, Rakhine State Chief Minister, replied: “We are scrutinizing the number of Bengalis fleeing to Bangladesh. No it can be said now. Rakhine State Government focused a three-point. We must try to attain the data and facts as quickly as possible. The next point is transport and telephone communications. The last point is to provide food and shelter to the IDPs now. The data are being collected. Necessary tasks will have to be carried out to fulfill those who are returning after negotiating with the government.”

Another reporter asked the chief minister how to prevent against possible further attack as terrorist attacks happened for two times during one year.

  Nyi Pu, Rakhine State Chief Minister, replied: “We did since the beginning to avoid such terrorist attacks. We tried to harmonize between two communities as it was before. But we can’t try. As it is known to all, the problem started from Bengali side. These terrorist attacks are the severest. We suppose that it is the last one.”

Translated by Win Htut