(In Mray Bon township of Arakan, over 1000 Muslims have applied for the Burmese citizenship status. Local authorities are presently engaged with the scrutinizing process under the guidelines of 1982 Burmese Citizenship Act. People are expecting that all the applicants would be considered as Burmese Citizens. Narinjara News talked to U Maung Maung Than, director general of Immigration Department, recently and the excerpts are here).
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her party the National League for Democracy has entered parliament, despite a disagreement over the oath of office to which she and her party yielded on the use of the current word “safeguard” instead of their demand for use of the word “respect”.
Madae Island located in Kyaukpru Township of Arakan State is a crucial location on the Shwe Gas pipeline project. It is where a deep seaport for Chinese oil tankers is located.
In Amyotha Hluttaw, the House of Nationalities, session held on 30 August, 2011, in Naypyidaw, a proposal to form a "Permanent Peace Committee" was put forward by a USDP representative from Kachin State in order to build perpetual peace and stability. However, Dr. Aye Maung, a representative from the First Congressional District of Arakan, pointed out that a permanent peace committee is not enough to create peace in Burma. He suggested that a commission like a "Forever Peace Commission", with the most respected and trusted persons, such as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is needed. When asked why Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is needed to be in the commission, Dr. Aye Maung, who is also a chairman of the RNDP, answered as follows.
Facing an economic crisis and joblessness, many individuals and families have been leaving Arakan State in search of opportunities to survive elsewhere. The areas worst hit by the crisis are Mraybon and Munbra Townships, which were also hit hard by Cyclone Giri. There are concerns that the crises may lead to the loss of Arakanese national races in the state, as those who are leaving to work overseas in Thailand and Malaysia have been deserting their homeland and selling off their property.