Muslim Population Increased In Rakhine State, The Census Revealed

Myanmar government has released the long-awaited census data on religion. It was kept hushed for nearly two years because they thought it would shatter stability. Maybe they feared the extremist Ma Ba Tha group could incite violence. Now that Ma Ba Tha is under control, we now get to see the census data.

The numbers looks all right. The Muslim community makes up just 4.3% of the population. It hasn't doubled as many thought so. However, it is a different story in Rakhine State. The Muslim community now makes up 35.1%, increased from 24.3% since 1983. The hardline Arakan nationalists won't be too happy about this.

Graphic credit: Myanmar Times

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