Friday, 29 May 2020

Maungdaw, Arakan State: local traders from Maungdaw municipal market are facing pressure to give tax for their business by new appointed deputy director of Border trade Association, according to trader from Maungdaw municipal market.

The deputy director, retire military officer Thein Htun Oo, called traders from municipal market for meeting in Daywanawdee hall of Border trade Association on September 24, 2010, the trader said.

In the meeting, the deputy director ordered to the traders to pay tax of their business to the Border trade Association, the trader more added.

The officer called more than two hundred traders for meeting but attend 20 traders including one Rakhine trader, said an official from Border trade Association.

The officers didn’t call any Border trade company of Maungdaw. There are 14 Border trade companies in Maungdaw, the official said.

In the meeting, the traders the officer as they are selling goods which come from Rangoon through Akyab. The traders also said they are selling the goods only from buying the wholesale traders in Maungdaw.

“We are not exporting or importing goods from Bangladesh and why we have to pay tax to the Border trade Association,” said another trader from Maungdaw municipal market.

“Selling goods in the municipal market are all from Maungdaw, Akyab and Rangoon which we had known that it has no need to pay any Border trade tax. Why this officer ordered to pay tax to him,” the trader said.

In Maungdaw, most of the traders belong to Rohingya community and any officer who had been duty in Maungdaw before are trying to get easy money from this community, said a school teacher from Maungdaw.

“The retire military officer Thein Htun Oo had served as a District Peace and Development Council’s secretary in Maungdaw and know how to make easy money from this area,” the teacher said.