Burma Times Correspondent: September 7, 2015
The infamous tabbe of Rathedaung Baish Kutu has gotten himself ‘elected’ on a board for a madrasa in Firing Dong. Sources say this appointment will allow Baish Kutu access to funds coming in from Rohingyas based in foreign countries and will allow him subtle influence among the expatriate community.
More than half the original Rohingya populace is based outside the country. Many reside in more well off countries in Europe, Middle East and Malaysia. They send money to the people based in home often through religious institutions. Monitoring and embezzling the aid money might be one of the motivations for Baish Kutu wanting to become a board member.
But some sources are saying Basih Kutu has more ambitious plans. They fear this might be his ploy to gain influence in expatriate circles. Besides sending money, the expatriate community is also vocal on the issue of human rights and has been a thorn for the establishment in recent years. Sources warn that Baish Kutu might be the perfect Trojan horse to infiltrate this expatriate community and act as a spy for the government.
Unlike many other government collaborators who rely solely on brute force to monitor the local populace, Baish Kutu is known as a smooth talker and a wily enforcer. Sources fear his good manners and cold cunning might win the hearts and minds of well-meaning Rohingyas.
Baish Kutu won the favour of the security forces partly because of his ability to kidnap young women and present them for the officers in earlier years. His reign of terror has forced many young women to make a fast escape to neighbouring Bangladesh. Nowadays Baish Kutu is more subtle and presents himself as a people’s leader building an understanding between the reformist regime and the Rohingyas.