Burma Times Correspondent: March 24, 2015
Lawaka (Immigration) officials addressed a meeting of Maungdaw community elders at Nagpura on Saturday, according to our local correspondent.
During the meeting that kicked off at noon, Lawaka officials told Rohingya Muslims to hand over their white cards by the end of May. In return they will be given a token when they completed due formalities by filling a 11 column form.
After that, Rohingyas who can prove their residence in the country dating back from the country’s independence will be expected to apply for the green card i.e. foreign citizens who have been naturalised.
After their speech, the Lawaka officials faced a barrage of questions from the audience. One of the community elder identified as Dr Islam asked the officials, “do you know that my father was a policeman in this country? How come he got a job as a policeman, if he is a foreigner?”
He then went on to say, “I can provide you documents that will prove my family was in this land as long as any of you were. Will those documents be considered?”
Lawaka officials instead of answering him closed the meeting abruptly at around 2.30 pm.