Burma Times Desk Report: April 30, 2015
Lawaka officials have said that they have collected half of the white cards from the Rohingyas.
In an interview to the Myanmar Times on Tuesday, state immigration department director U Khin Soe said that 300,000 cards have been collected.
In exchange the government has also given temporary documents that serve as an alternative to the white card to most Rohingya Muslims.
“If the card numbers don’t match our records, we will not take them. Otherwise, we will accept all cards even if the photo is unclear or the card is torn,” U Khin Soe said.
However in many troublesome areas, Rohingyas who surrendered their white card did not get any temporary documents in return. As a result they have been left without any documents that support their proof of residence in the country.
Many fear the absence of any documents will lead the authorities to allege that they are illegal migrants from Bangladesh and thus push them over the border.