Myanmar needs to learn communal harmony from Bangladesh: Prime Minister


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said Myanmar should take lessons from Bangladesh on running a country keeping communal harmony unharmed.

“I think Myanmar should take lessons how to run a country by keeping religious harmony intact,” she said.

The Prime Minister was addressing a views-exchange meeting with Buddhist religious leaders and distinguished persons of the community on the occasion of the Buddha Prurnima at her official residence Ganabhaban in the capital, reports UNB.

Sheikh Hasina said a person belonging to any religion has the right to be there on the soil where he or she was born. “That person’s rights need to be preserved, that person needs to get all sorts of facilities from the government,” she said.

Talking about sheltering Rohingyas on humanitarian ground in Bangladesh, the Prime Minister said the government has also ensured their security.

“We’ve ensured there’ll be no clash and anarchy among them …,” she added.

Hasina also said Bangladesh has not engaged in any conflict with Myanmar over the issue as it continued its efforts to resolve the problem through dialogue. “As a result, Bangladesh was acclaimed by all across the world,” she said.

Chaired by Religious Affairs Minister Principal Matiur Rahman the function was addressed, among others, by State Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Ministry Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing, Vice-Chairman of the Buddhist Welfare Trust Shupto Bhushan Barua, Deputy Office Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League Barrister Biplab Barua, Buddhist Sangha Nayak Suddhananda Mahathero, Upo Sangha Raj Satyapriyo Mohathero, Joint Secretary General of Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad Uttam Kumar Barua, Dean of the European School of Law in London and Bangladesh Supreme Court lawyer Prashanta Bhushon Barua.

Trustee of the Buddhist Religious Welfare Trust Dayal Kumar Barua delivered the welcome address.

Earlier, the Buddhist religious leaders greeted the Prime Minister by presenting bouquets to her.

Vice-Chairman of the Buddhist Welfare Trust Shupto Bhushan Barua presented a statue of the Lord Buddha to the Prime Minister, while Director of Shaheed Suhrawardhy Medical College Hospital and Joint Secretary General of Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad Uttam Kumar Barua handed over an oil painting on Bangabandhu to Hasina.

On behalf of the trust, Dayal Kumar Barua handed over a cheque for Tk 5 lakh to the Prime Minister for her relief and welfare fund to help the forcibly displaced Rohingya people.