Things we did not know a month ago

Well at least I didn’t.

Saudi Arabia, for example, has been deporting large numbers of Rohingya as part of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s larger reform efforts to reduce his kingdom’s 12.7% unemployment rate.

“The deportations […] suggests that the kingdom is not willing to compromise its economic interests even if they call into question its moral claim to leadership of the Islamic world,” said a 2019 paper published by the Begin-Sadat Center for for Strategic Studies.

The term ‘nativism’ is defined in general as referring to “a policy or belief that protects or favours the interest of the native population of a country over the interests of immigrants”.

In short, countries must put its own people first and protect the locals. This is not a bad thing as the ‘Rohingya-are-human-too’ virtue signalers would have you believe.

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Saudi Arabia is taking a risk as security analysts fear radicalization in the Bangladeshi refugee camps could pose a terrorist threat if/when the Rohingya retaliate against Crown Prince MBS. Nonetheless the kingdom is required to pragmatically balance its national interests with its vocal support and generous cheques donated for ‘the plight of the Rohingya’.

Their cash generosity notwithstanding, Saudi Arabia had planned to deport 50,000 Rohingya this year although the sudden coronavirus pandemic may derail the scheduling. These Rohingya are holders of fake Bangladesh passports.

“Saudi Arabia wants to send the Rohjngyas back to Bangladesh as they entered into the kingdom using Bangladesh passports and pretending as Bangladeshi nationals in the recent past,” reported Nizam Ahmed in February. Nizam is the business editor of The Daily Observer, a Bangladesh newspaper.

Wah lau wei! So these Bengalis mati-mati insist they’re “Rohingya“ one minute but can masquerade as Bangladeshis when they want a passport to enter Saudi Arabia. Therefore their Bengali language and Rohingya cultural identities are seamlessly interchangeable lah.

Who Myanmar’s friends are

The votes at the United Nations on 27 Dec 2019 – see table below – for and against a resolution condemning Myanmar for violating the human rights of Rohingya is illuminating.

Myanmar is shielded by China and Russia, two of the UN security council’s five permanent members.

The country’s Indochina neighbours Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam also stood in solidarity with Myanmar. Strangely the Christian Philippines too.

India, Nepal, Japan and Singapore abstained from voting against Myanmar. As did Buddhist countries Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Mongolia. A number of countries in Africa and the West Indies also abstained.

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Burma’s 1971 influx of Bengalis

There are a great number of gaps in the Rohingya narrative being fed to Malaysians.

It puzzled me why the Burmese believed Rohingya aka Bengali to be “illegal immigrants” if the latter had already been living in Burma for generations as claimed. The media reports don’t really tell us. Answer: Some trekked to Burma in the 1970s.

Before its independence, Bangladesh was known as East Pakistan. In early March 1971, Bengalis rioted in the streets to protest against the result of their country’s general election held earlier in December 1970.

The Bengali ethno nationalists then fought a full-scale civil war. The death toll from the secession war was high but its actual numbers remain disputed. The West Pakistan army was nonetheless responsible for mass killings of Bengali insurgents and civilians. Hence the exodus of Bengali refugees to Burma — see year 1971 in Rakhine timeline chart below.

(Note: The language of East Pakistan is Bengali while the language of West Pakistan is Urdu.)

Following the cessation of armed conflict, Bangladesh still remained restive and came under martial law in 1975. It was thereafter was ruled by army generals until the constitution was restored in November 1986.

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‘The Twisted Roots of Myanmar’s Rohingya Conflict‘ — Global Asia’

Myanmar citizenship discriminates against Chinese too

We’ve been told endlessly that in 1982, the Burmese government had enacted a citizenship law which rendered the Rohingya stateless.

But guess what? This 1982 law does not target only Rohingya. Many Malaysians are unaware that Chinese in Burma too were affected.

Alongside the Rohingya, among those not considered as Burmese nationals include persons of Chinese, Indian, Nepali and Pashtu descent. These categories of ethnics were/are similarly falling short of becoming Myanmar full-fledged citizens.

The indigenous people of Rakhine, however, are listed in the controversial citizenship law as members of Burma‘s “national race”.

ABOVE: Church bombing is possibly the reason for Subang Jaya evangelistas being so anti Myanmar 

Myanmar: An equal opportunity nativist 

Muslims aren’t the only victims in Myanmar, cry the Christians who complain they’re facing persecution as well. Bottomline: Myanmar is hostile to those it considers foreign races and adherents of foreign religions.

Historically, there has been in Burma a major anti-Chinese riot (1967) and several anti-Indian riots in the last century as well as waves of expulsions of Indians from the country.

Tides of foreigners rise and ebb in Burma. Refugees who fled to Burma from China’s Yunnan province after the Communist Revolution of 1949 are Chinese. The Yunnanese are today third and fourth generations in Myanmar. They’ve not fully integrated and there is friction between them and Burmese locals.

Anti-Chinese sentiments have lingered in Myanmar and they rose again this decade – a side effect of China’s global economic expansion.

Those who come unwanted to Burma are forcibly kicked out .e.g. Operation Dragon King or Naga Min in Burmese which was a Tatmadaw (military) crackdown on the Rohingya.

The anti-Chinese and anti-Indian riots in Burma regardless, China and India are presently strong allies of Myanmar (see above South China Morning Post news article).

Both countries are themselves nationalist. Hence they perhaps understand and empathize with the forces of nativism in Myanmar.


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One thought on “Things we did not know a month ago

  1. Nothing better for the Rohingyas than to be deported from Saudi Arabia.

    The man in charge of that pile of sand and camel-sh*t, Mo bin Salman, has motto:

    You came,
    I bonesaw,
    I conquer.

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