Burma Times Correspondent: July 16, 2015
Lawaka officials held a meeting with Rohingya community elders in Chaki fara of Akyab on Sunday.
During the meeting Lawaka said that every other ethnic group offered the green card took it up willingly but the Arakan Muslims were refusing. They blamed leaders and media based abroad for creating confusion among the people.
Lawaka also said that the Muslims have no option but to take green cards as it was the order of the government. Anyone speaking against the green card will be arrested, said a Lawaka official.
In another meeting held in Maungdaw town on Monday, Lawaka officials asked the Rohingyas to follow the footstep of the Hindus. One officer said that as the Hindus took the green card willingly, they had no problems living in the country. But because the Muslims are stubborn, they face problems in their everyday lives. The Lawaka told the Muslims not to cry foul when something bad happened to them, as it was their fault for not accepting the green cards.
After the Lawaka left, the Rohingyas however discussed about the hundreds of Rohingyas granted the green card in Meybon Township last year. Even with the green card, the Rohingyas in Meybon are not allowed to travel freely despite earlier promises to the contrary.
Both Rohingya communities in Akyab and Maungdaw decided there was no point in accepting the green card if the Meybon situation is the standard bearer.
Accepting the green card would also mean accepting the Rohingyas are foreigners, or Bengalis. A green card is given to foreigners naturalised as Burmese citizens.