A Muslim School Attacked in Yangon: Puzzles with Municipal Office and The Voice Journal

February 17, 2013

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The Voice Weekly journal posted photos about the incident on its Facebook page, captioning it as “Conflict Due to Building A New Mosque in the Name of a School”

A crowd of about 300 Buddhists today attacked a Muslim school in Yangon’s Thar Ka Ta township, which was established since 2001 as permitted by the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

A puzzle arises as an official letter from the Municipal office appears today on February 17, which is Sunday. The letter is concerned with the school’s application for permission to repair the roof. The letter instructed the school administration to demolish the section higher than the original height. Issued on the 17th, the letter forced the school administration to take action on the same day.

The question to be asked is if the Municipal office was running on Sunday.

Even more, proper action was to be taken care of by the school. But it was Buddhist residents who demolished the school on the same day as the letter was issued.

The next question to be asked, or rather investigated, is how the mob attack took place on the same day as the official letter. Was it instigated by those in the Municipal office or township administration? Issuing an official letter on Sunday, and the mob taking the action (as per the official instruction) on the same day are quite fishy.

Here comes another puzzle. The Voice Weekly journal posted photos about the incident on its Facebook page, captioning it as “Conflict Due to Building A New Mosque in the Name of a School”. Many anti-Muslim comments appeared one after another.

Not only photos, The Voice Weekly also posted an article in Burmese with the same title. The article quoted anti-Muslim monk, Wirathu, saying that it was a secret plan to turn the school into a mosque. The Voice quoted him as saying that it was being built at night secretly.

The article simply propagates the point that it is a mosque construction. Both photos and the article have been deleted by the Voice Weekly. How unprofessional The Voice really is, but it has renewed anti-Muslim wave in Myanmar.

The Voice Weekly is the publication of Myanmar E-Grass, in which Dr. Kyaw Yin Hlaing, secretary of Arakan Conflict Investigation Commission and a Presidential Advisor is a key player.

All these elements show one thing to the world that the network of Ashin Wirathu, The Voice Weekly, Municipal Office, Township Administration, Buddhist residents and the public are all acting together against Muslims.

There have been much talk about justice and ‘rule of law’, but there is rarely any work to bring justice to those instigating and doing mob actions.

This is not the first incident either. In 2011, there were similar mob actions in Hpakant, Kachin state, and in Kamma in central Myanmar. No legal action has been taken to any instigators.

This is the time Myanmar Muslims must investigate the network of responsible individuals and groups and bring them to court.




  1. “မခုိးမဝွက္ရန္ ပညတ္ထားသည့္အရွင္အား ဗလီဝတ္ေက်ာင္းေတာ္ခုိးေဆာက္၍ မြတ္စ္လင္မ္မ်ား ခဝပ္မႈမျပဳ”
    သာေကတၿမိဳ႕သစ္တည္ကတည္းကစၿပီး ယေန႔အထိ သာေကတၿမိဳ႕နယ္တြင္ ဗလီဝတ္ေက်ာင္းေတာ္ေဆာက္လုပ္ခြင့္ ႏုိင္ငံေတာ္က မည္သည့္အခါကမွ် ခြင့္မျပဳခ့ဲပါ။ (ေနာက္ပုိင္းတည္သည့္ ၿမိဳ႕သစ္မ်ားတြင္လည္း ခြင့္မျပဳပါ)။
    မြတ္စ္လင္မ္မ်ားကလည္း တရားဝင္ခြင့္ျပဳခ်က္မရဘဲ မည္သည့္အခါကမွ် ဗလီတည္ေဆာက္ခ့ဲျခင္းမရွိခ့ဲပါ။ ျမန္မာတစ္ႏုိင္ငံလုံးရွိ ဗလီဝတ္ေက်ာင္းေတာ္မ်ားမွာ သူ႔ေခတ္သူ႔အခါကရွိခ့ဲသည့္ အာဏာပုိင္မ်ား၏ ခြင့္ျပဳခ်က္အရသာ တရားဝင္ တည္ေဆာက္ခ့ဲၾကျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။ တစ္ခ်ဳိ႕ဗလီဝတ္ေက်ာင္းေတာ္မ်ားဆုိလွ်င္ ေရွးျမန္မာမင္းမ်ားကုိယ္တုိင္ ခ်ီးျမႇင့္ေဆာက္လုပ္ေပးထားခ့ဲသည္။ မခုိးမဝွက္ရန္ ပညတ္ထားသည့္အရွင္အား ဗလီဝတ္ေက်ာင္းေတာ္ခုိးေဆာက္၍ မြတ္စ္လင္မ္မ်ား ခဝပ္မႈမျပဳေပ။ ကုသုိလ္တစ္ပဲ ငရဲတစ္ပိႆာအလုပ္ကုိ မြတ္စ္လင္မ္မ်ား မည္သည့္အခါတြင္မွ်မလုပ္။
    မတရားေသာအုပ္ခ်ဳပ္သူမ်ား၏ လက္ေအာက္တြင္ ဖိႏွိပ္ခံေနရေသာ အေျခအေနမ်ဳိးတြင္လည္း မြတ္စ္လင္မ္မ်ားအေပၚ၌ တာဝန္မရွိေပ။

  2. thanhtaikaye says:

    i will never forget

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