All Deported Arakanese Community Leaders by Singaporean Government Get Arrested in Myanmar on the Same Day

Deported Arakanese from Singapore Escorted by Myanmar police at Yangon Airport on July  11


All Deported Arakanese Community Leaders by Singaporean Government Get Arrested in Myanmar on the Same Day 


Yangon. 12.6.2019

Singapore government arrested and deported six Rakhine community leaders to Myanmar on different times, but all are being arrested by Myanmar Special Branch police. 

Chairman Ko Hin Zaw was arrested by special branch police at Yangon airport at 2.30 PM on July 11 after Singapore government deported him with Myanmar National Airline UB 004. 

On the same day and at 10.55 PM Ko Aung Myat Kyaw, younger brother of Arakan Army Commander General Tun Myat Naing, and Ko Tun Aye were arrested at the Yangon airport by the special branch police after they were deported by Singaporean with the Singapore Airline. 

Similarly, Ko Ye Kyaw Htet, information officer of Arakan Association in Singapore, was arrested at his resident on Sanchung Road in Sanchung Ward, Yangon. 

At 6.49 PM on July 11, four police men of Yay-Way police station stopped a car with Tag Number GG/8695 by getting of prior information at 201 Mile Mark on Yangon-Naypaytaw Highway and arrested two more deported Arakanese who were deported from Singapore on July 10. The arrested are Ko Tin Hlaing Oo and Ma Aye Myat Mon, voice chairwoman, along with the driver. They were handed over to Special Branch Police force.

Some local news outlets speculated that the association leaders would be charged with counterfeit currency acts, counter terrorism acts, and unlawful association acts. These young men and woman lives if found guilty are hopeless and may end up in prisons.  

Singapore police made surprise raids and arrested these six leaders of Arakan Association (Singapore) on July 9 and 10  in different locations. 

The arrested leaders are Chairperson Ko Hein Zaw, Voice Chair Ma Aye Myat Mon, Information Office Ko Ye Kyaw Htet, Ko Tin Hlaing Oo, Ko Tun Aye, and Ko Aung Myat Kyaw. 

Arakan Association is a social organization that has been established with young and educated Arakanese men and women who have been working in Singapore since 2000 to support each other and to support social and education needs in their home state. 

Different leaders have carried on its social supports and organizational works in different times. The association has also been funding for education and social needs in some parts of Rakhine State when the rural and poor communities need. 

However, Singapore government had been eyeing on the association and its leaders after Myanmar embassy complained and pushed to halt the organization and its activities in later date of April.

Myanmar embassy lodged the report to the Singapore government after the association organized an anniversary of Arakan Army formation on April 10th..During the event, some Arakanese young men ware military uniforms while AA chief was giving online speech. This kind of unamicable spark led the young leaders arrested and deported. 

“I am very afraid of now they would be tortured and killed in the hands of Myanmar police,” a fried of arrested voice chairwoman who does not want to mention her name told our information center. 

“Singapore government would not deport her so quickly since she did not violate any law and committed any crime in Singapore; now she gets arrested,” She cried and said.   

Aung Myat Kyaw at Yangon Airport on July 11 after Myanmar police arresting 

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