JAPANESE TOURIST WITH MYANMAR VISA
BARRED FROM TRAVELLING WITHIN MYANMAR FOR
Sittwe, 9th January 02: Though the State Peace and
Development Council Junta of Myanmar have opened up Myanmar for foreign tourists,
the western state of Rakhine has been carefully kept
off-limits for the foreign tourists visiting the country, says our
correspondent from Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State.
On 21st December 2001, a
Japanese tourist, Nakamura alias Nibuyuki (37), was stopped
at Ann, Check-post No. 25, and barred from going into Rakhine State.
It is learnt that, he was on his way to celebrate Christmas at Kyauktaw, the northern town of Rakhine State
close to southern Chin State.
He was accompanied by six Myanmarese Christians with
him. They were in a green-coloured Toyota Dyana, No. 3B/9494. The names of the persons were, 1.
Naw Ni Ni Lay (27) 2. Naw
Ni Lay Wei (19) 3. Naw Pho Hsay (61) 4.
Naw Hla Yein
Sein(45) 5. Naw Christine Khine
(16) 6. Saw Tun Tun Pho (35).
Though all of them were Christian Karen nationals of Myanmar,
they were not allowed to attend a Christmas celebration in Kyauktaw
by the military guards at the check-post.
Mr Nakamura produced his passport and Myanmar
visa and travel permit issued by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism from Yangon.
Yet he and his group were not allowed to travel to Rakhine
Nakamura is a director of Japan Asian Network Co. Std who came to Myanmar
on 29th October 2001 and he was denied entry into Rakhine State
because of his failure to produce the clearance of 'respective authority'
which, according to a source in the Myanmar
military is none other than the ubiquitous
"Military Intelligence". At the end, Mr
Nakamura with deep dissatisfaction had no other choice left than take the trip
back to where he came from, a befitting welcome
to foreign tourists by the SPDC junta