Burma Times Correspondent: April 08, 2015
Government officials addressed community elders from Rathedaung in Kiang Dong on Monday.
During the meeting Lawaka officials told elders that Muslims in the area must hand over their white cards. However, they will get the temporary documents that will serve as the receipt at a later date.
The declaration has created fears that the temporary documents will not be given at all leaving the Rohingyas without any official documents. This will give the government an excuse to claim these Rohingyas are illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh and will create fertile grounds for their expulsion.
Earlier it was said that the temporary documents would be given as soon as the white cards are handed over.
Sources say even if the Lawaka hands over temporary documents at a later date, it is very likely that some Rohingyas will be conveniently missed. In short, it is becoming very likely that many Muslims in the area will be deprived of identification papers.
Incidentally the area has been tense for a few days, as police and BGP has launched a massive operation to find out six prisoners who escaped from custody.
Some areas of Rathedaung, especially around Kaing Dong and Rajar Bil has seen increasing violence since census in February and March when BGP killed a fourteen year girl and burned beards of Muslim prisoners.
The conflict with local Rohingyas might have convinced the government officials not to hand over identification papers after they withdraw the white card leaving the them without any proof of residence in the Arakan.