Govt-ordered phrase frays nerves in Rakhine

A protester donning a bandana bearing the Rakhine flag during a Yangon street rally to oppose a government order that the media use the phrase "Muslims in Rakhine State" to refer to the state's population who practise the Islamic faith. The Ministry
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A protester donning a bandana bearing the Rakhine flag during a Yangon street rally to oppose a government order that the media use the phrase "Muslims in Rakhine State" to refer to the state's population who practise the Islamic faith. The Ministry of Information had made the request last month in a bid to placate tensions surrounding the common derogatory term "Bengalis", reported EPA. Muslims in Rakhine State refer to themselves as Rohingya, a controversial term that implies they have right to citizenship. Yesterday's protest was led by Buddhist monks and attended by hundreds of people who were unhappy with the new term as it placed the Muslim community on equal footing with the Buddhists, referred to as "Buddhists in Rakhine State".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 11, 2016, with the headline 'Govt-ordered phrase frays nerves in Rakhine'. Print Edition | Subscribe