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By Rick Heizman, May 16, 2019

Nurul Islam, the Chairman of the Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO), is
pretending to be ‘offended’ and stir the guilt of the mostly Western and white people, and use
their ‘virtue signaling’ to achieve more and more concessions designed to manipulate and fool
the world into fully demonizing the Burmese and Rakhine Buddhists and to sway the world to
the ‘Rohingya’ false narrative.


The term ‘Ku Lar’ or ‘Kala’ or “Kalar’ can mean many things, and be benign or insulting -
according to context.

The origin is the Pali word kula, defined as: race, noble race, home, one's parents' home, or
a patron feeding and taking care of one.

Over time, the word kalar in Burma became linked to people of Indian
origin. Lentil beans, for example, are called kalar pae, meaning
"beans of the kalars"; and a type of chili known for its extraordinary
heat is called kala-awe thee, “chili that makes the kalar scream".
Indians who live in Burma may also refer to themselves as kalar lu
myo, “of the kalar race”, and India as kalar pyi, meaning "the country
of the kalars". In these cases, the word kalar is NOT insulting at all.

A century or two ago the word kalar referred to a much broader

category of foreigners than Indians. During the colonial era, the
Burmese used the word kala-phyu, or "white kalars," to refer to
Europeans and Caucasians. Filipe de Brito e Nicote, the Portuguese
adventure who declared himself king of Thanlyin and ruled there briefly,
was described as, “kalar nga Zingar”, Zingar the kalar. Was de Brito so
sunburned and darkened that he was virtually indistinguishable from
the south Indians? Who knows? Even the construct of the Burmese
word for chair -- kala-htaing, “kalar + seat” -- strongly suggests the
chair might have been introduced by foreigners.

There are many good and useful maps and by the UN called MIMU (Myanmar Information
Management Unit) maps. The village names, in many case, are followed by the terms:
Rakhine, Ku Lar, Mro, Thet, Na Ta La, East, West, North, South, Central, Middle, which
describes a nationality (Rakhine, Ku Lar), ethnicity (Mro/Myo, Thet, Khami, Diagnet/Daing
Nat), a new village (NaTaLa) or a direction. These terms have existed a long time, and are
even on maps made during WW2.

I, and many others, have used these maps extensively, and I will say that I, and others that I
know, have NEVER used or even thought of the term Ku Lar in a derogatory way when using
these maps.


Nurul Islam wrote an open letter to Mr. Knut Osby, UN Resident and Humanitarian
Coordinator in Myanmar, demanding the removal of the ‘racist term’ Ku Lar from the UN’s
official Myanmar maps of Northern Rakhine State. He even claims that, “terms such as this
are considered hate speech and were a component of the rhetoric which fueled the genocidal
operations by Myanmar security forces against the Rohingya”. AHA!
He desperately wants to hammer the term ‘genocidal’ into this narrative - BUT - it was the
Bengali Muslims (some say ‘Rohingya’) who have tried again and again, with systematic
planning and training from the Mawlawis (Imams) and Pakistani and Saudi assistance, to
slaughter all the Buddhists, Hindus, and ethnic minorities, in a wanton genocidal ethnic


We (Nurul Islam and his connivers) therefore urge the following:

1. That the word “Ku Lar” is immediately taken off all MIMU maps, and a public
apology for the use of the term is issued by the UN.
My response: Read the first part of this paper. The term has been used, without
offense, for a very long time. Apologize? We are all still waiting for your apology for
launching a jihad, killing, burning villages, and creating so much destruction against the
real indigenous people of the land - the Buddhists, Hindus, and ethnic minorities.
2. That the word “Rohingya” is used to designate ethnicity of a Rohingya village.
My response: The word “Rohingya” did not exist when these villages were named, so
there actually are NO Rohingya villages. There are ‘Bengali Muslim’ villages, and that
term has been in use for a long time as well.
3. That the original Rohingya village names are always given with any Burmese
village names. My response: Now, this is very manipulative. Original Rohingya
names? Essentially ALL the villages in northern Rakhine State have original
Arakanese / Rakhine names, some of them have even older Hindu names. As the
Bengali Muslim population increased so dramatically some villages were given a
Bengali language name - but NOT a ‘Rohingya’ name!
Do we have to change the names of beans to ‘Rohingya pae’, and hot chilis to
‘rohingya-awe thee, and, Europeans and Caucasians are now known as Rohingya-
phyu, and a chair is now ‘Rohingya-htaing’?

Then, Nurul Islam has the audacity to say, ”We understand that the conduct of the UN in
Myanmar is currently under investigation for failure to act as the Rohingya genocide unfolded
over the last several decades. We urge that the UN-managed MIMU’s use of racist
terminology is also included in this investigation.”
Yours sincerely, 
Nurul Islam
Arakan Rohingya National Organisation

Here is a formerly classified US Embassy cable from 2002, when we were already looking at
links between Bengali Muslim / Rohingya militants and Al Qaeda and Taliban.

Rohingyas and Al Qaeda: Islamic Terrorists

ARNO Chairman Nurul Islam (L) and VAHU's Dr. Zaw Oo (R).

Subject: Arakan Rohingya NaJonal OrganizaJon Contacts With Al Qaeda And With Burmese Insurgent
Groups On The Thai Border
Origin: Embassy Rangoon (Burma)
Cable Jme: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 05:01 UTC
Source: hXp://
History: First published on Thu, 1 Sep 2011 23:24 UTC



¶1. (C) Summary: Under pressure from Bangladesh, the Arakan Rohingya NaJonal OrganizaJon
(ARNO) contacted the Karenni NaJonal Progressive Party in late August 2002 regarding the possibility
of relocaJng its bases to KNPP-controlled territory on the border between Thailand and Burma.
According to a report prepared by Burmese military intelligence, ARNO also sought membership in the
DemocraJc Alliance of Burma, a loose confederaJon of Burmese insurgent groups now operaJng on
the Thai/Burmese border. KNPP reportedly refused ARNO's request. The DAB also rejected ARNO's
applicaJon for membership, but has forged a "military alliance" with ARNO, according to the paper.
The Burmese also report that ARNO's Chairman Nurul Islam, has received a U.S. visa and is en route to
the United States via Saudi Arabia. The facts in the Burmese paper appear plausible. Its purpose is
probably to draw a connecJon between Al Qaeda, which has supported ARNO, and Burmese
insurgent groups acJve on the Thai border. End Summary.

¶2. (C) The following are edited excerpts from a Burmese military intelligence report on the Arakan
Rohingya NaJonal OrganizaJon. It was given to us on October 7 by Brigadier General Kyaw Thein,
ostensibly to clarify recent news reports alleging connecJons between Al Qaeda and ARNO forces
based in Burma. According to Kyaw Thein, there are links between ARNO and Al Qaeda, but all of
ARNO's bases are in southeast Bangladesh.

¶3. (C) Begin text: Arakan Rohingya NaJonal OrganizaJon (ARNO) -- Its Historical Background & Latest
SituaJon (Sept, 2002)

Historical Background

Muslim Terrorist-InsurrecJon groups such as the Rohingya Solidarity OrganizaJon (RSO), Arakan
Rohingya Islamic Front (ARIF) and Hak Kavt group combined and established the Rohingya NaJonal
Council (RNC) on 28 October, 1998. The RNC was then reorganized as the Arakan Rohingya NaJonal
Council (ARNC). The Rohingya LiberaJon Army (RLA) was also formed by combining all the armed
insurgents of the groups. The Arakan Rohingya NaJonal OrganizaJon was formed to organize all the
different Rohingya insurgents into one group under pressure from Muslim groups outside Burma.

OrganizaJon of ARNO

The headquarters of ARNO was opened at No. (30 Ju-ma-khar street, Ju-ma-khar ward, ChiXagong in
Bangladesh. Their camps are based at Zai-Lar-Saw-Ri HQ camp--map reference (PG-2916), Daw-Maw-
Sri camp--map reference (P6-0537) and Kyar-Laung-Taik camp--map reference (PG-2026). ARNO group
had an esJmated strength of about 200 insurgents, of whom about 170 are equipped with a variety of
arms. A Central CommiXee of ARNO is organized as follows:

(a) Chairman
(b) Military Commander
(c) Secretary
(d) Asst Secretary (ChiXagong Office-in-Charge)
(e) Central CommiXee Member (Asst Military-in-Charge)
(f) do
(g) Central CommiXee Member
(h) do
(i) do
(j) Foreign Liaison-in-Charge
(k) Foreign Fund Raiser
(l) RepresentaJve for Malaysia
(m) Cox's Bazaar District Organizer
(n) Finance Officer
(o) Liaison Officer
(p) Advisor
(q) Camp Commander (Zai-La-Saw-Ri Camp)
(r) Deputy Camp Commander
(s) Camp Commander (Daw-Maw-Sri Camp)
(t) Camp Commander (Kya-Long-Taik Camp)

MeeJng of Five Members of ARNO with Taliban leader Osama Bin Laden

Five members (names sJll under inquiry by the GOB) of ARNO aXended a high-ranking officers' course
with Al Qaeda representaJves on 15 May, 2000 and arrived back in Bangladesh on 22 June. During the
course, they discussed maXers relaJng to poliJcal and military affairs, arms and ammuniJon, and
financing with Osama Bin Laden. Mohamed Arju Taida and Mohamed Rau-Sheik Ar-Mar Darsi from the
Taliban were present with them at the meeJng. Ninety members of ARNO were selected to aXend a
guerrilla warfare course, a variety of explosives courses and heavy-weapons courses held in Libya and
Afghanistan in August, 2001. Thirteen out of these selected members parJcipated in the explosives
and heavy-weapons training.

Arrival of Two Taliban at ARNO Headquarters

Al Ha-Saud and Al Ja-hid, two members of Taliban group, arrived at ARNO's headquarters in Zai-La-
Saw-Ri Camp on 2 November, 2001 from the Rohingya Solidarity OrganizaJon's (RSO) Kann-Grat-
Chaung camp. They met with Nurul Islam (Chairman), ZaFaur-Ahmed (Secretary) and Fayos Ahmed
(acJng Chief-of-Staff Army), ARNO, and discussed the reorganizaJon of RSO and ARNO. It was learned
that ARNO/RSO and Taliban groups planned to hold a meeJng on 15 November, 2001. Nurul Islam,
Chairman of ARNO, also declared that the Arakan Rohingya Islamic Front (ARIF) and the Rohingya
Solidarity OrganizaJon (RSO) had agreed to reorganize as integrated members of ARNO. However,
Mullah Dil-Mar from RSO did not agree with this re-organizaJon and resigned with his entourage of

Foreign Correspondents Arrived at ARNO Headquarters

Ban-Draban correspondent from Bangladesh, Ha-Saud-Ahmed and two foreign correspondents (sJll
under inquiry by GOB) went to ARNO's headquarters at the Zai-La-Saw-Ri Camp and met with the
acJng Camp Commander who was Chief-of-Staff Army Salein. They inquired about the following data.

(a) Day, Month and Year of establishment of ARNO organizaJon.

(b) Aptude and objecJve.
(c) The year the ARNO had departed from Myanmar.
(d) Present strength of forces and fighters.
(e) Types of Arms and QuanJty.
(f) Is it to build Rakhine as a separate and an independent (State/NaJon) or to ask for Democracy?
(g) List of AnJ-Myanmar groups in Bangladesh.
(h) Muslim organizaJons and Non-Muslim organizaJons in Bangladesh to be separately idenJfied.
(i) Necessary funding and funding countries.
(j) The present financial situaJon.

Vice Chairman of ARNO Fayos Ahmed's MeeJng with Insurgent Leaders based and acJve in Thailand

Fayos Ahmed, Vice-Chairman of ARNO, along with U Maung Lu Gyi from NUPA (NaJonal Unity Party of
Arakan), arrived in Bangkok from Bangladesh on 27 August, 2002 and proceeded to Chiang Mai. Then,
through the Thai Burma Border ConsorJum (TBBC), including the help of an English woman named
Mrs. Pippa Curwen, wife of DAB Aye Saung, they talked with the leaders of KNPP (Karenni NaJonal
Progress Party) -- Aung Than Lay (Vice Chairman), Raymond Htoo (General Secretary), U Khu-Ral (joint
General Secretary) and Aung Myat (Chief of Staff - Army). Fayos Ahmed said that ARNO had been told
to leave Bangladesh by the Bangladesh authoriJes and that it was difficult for them to conJnue in
Bangladesh. He also menJoned that the USA and other various organizaJons were conJnuously
watching them on account of assumed contacts with the Al-Qaeda group. So he asked for a camp to
be opened in a suitable place in the area of KNPP, in as much as Thailand was the most suitable
country for them.

Then Fayos Ahmed met with Mai-Aik-Hpone, Secretary of Pa-Laung State LiberaJon Front (PSLF),
Khun-Okkar, Chairman of Pa-O People LiberaJon OrganizaJon (PPLO) and Aye Maung from the Lahu
naJonal group. In addiJon, he discussed the ARNO's criJcal situaJon with Chiang Mai-based VOA,
BBC and RFA news media, NGOs in Thailand and Shwe-Kharr of the Chin NaJonal Front (CNF). He
proceeded from Chiang Mai to Mae Sod on 5 September and talked with Bo Mya (Vice-Chairman),
Pado Man-Sha (General Secretary) and Tar-Ma-La-Baw at KNU headquarters.

Fayos Ahmed discussed with KNU the above menJoned maXers and the possibility of ARNO's
becoming a member of DAB. ApplicaJon for a membership in DAB by ARNO was not granted on the
objecJon of Aung Sein Tha from DemocraJc Party of Arakan (DPA) and Khaing Soe Aung from Arakan
LiberaJon Party (ALP). Both Khaing Soe Aung and Aung Sein Tha biXerly rejected the proposal on the
grounds that the Rohingya were not indigenous to Rakhine State and that they could not accept them
at all as ethnic people. Though DAB has not granted the membership to ARNO, it has made a military
alliance with ARNO.

According to Fayos Ahmed, ARNO Military-in-Charge, Salem Ulah, had contacts with Al-Qaeda and
some members of ARNO forces were arrested when they were sent to join the Taliban in Afghanistan
and aXacked the Americans. These ARNO forces were sent to Afghanistan along with Rohingya groups
in Karachi, Pakistan. Rohingya groups are in many countries like Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia,
UAE, PalesJne and Australia. Chairman Nurul Islam has received an American visa and departed for
Saudi Arabia from Bangladesh, with an intent to reside in Saudi Arabia for a short period and then
depart for the United States. Fayos Ahmed, during his short stay in Thailand, met with Dr. Allen from
NCGUB Foreign Affairs Department, David Htaw from KNU and David Smile from Burma Lawyer
Council (BLC). He went to Thailand as an editor of a news media and returned to Bangladesh on 12

InvesJgaJon of Members of Rohingya Jihad Caught in Singapore

Hanbali and Baasyia are leaders of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI)-organized Rabitatul Mujahideen group which
was involved in the whole region as a Muslim organizaJon. Through contacts with Muslim groups in
the region, acJve cooperaJon was achieved in maXers of training, weapons-buying, financing,
exchange of informaJon and terrorist military operaJons. The other organizaJons which cooperated
were Gerakan Aceh Merdeka (GAM), two organizaJons in Southern Thailand and Rakhine and
Rohingya terrorist-insurgents in Myanmar. ARNO has established a contact with Al-Qaeda and five
Central CommiXee members of ARNO paid a visit to Afghanistan in April, 2001. Besides, ARNO has
also cooperated with Republic of Islam Aceh (RIA) and EgypJan Jammah Jihad Mesir (JJM). It is
believed that there exists a small community of Rohingya's in Patuwat, Malaysia.

End text.
WOW. People need to know the background of these kind of people - they are expert at
pulling on the guilt strings of bamboozled Westerners, and manipulating them skillfully.

By Rick Heizman, May 16, 2019

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