Nay Pyi Taw September 18
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing this morning met commanders, officers and their wives from Lashio Station of North-East Command at the hall of the command headquarters.
Also present at the meeting were Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Maung Maung Kyaw, senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army), Commander of North-East Command Maj-Gen Aung Zaw Aye, commanders, officers and their wives from the military units in Lashio Station.
In his address, the Senior General said that the main duty of the Tatmadaw is to defend the State for perpetuation of sovereignty and safeguarding of territory. It is necessary to widen defence knowledge of the people. According to the geographical conditions of the country, all the people should have defence outlook, and the defence power must be built with participation of the people. The people must have patriotic spirit and nationalistic spirit. Only when, they love the country, will they have keenness to defend the country. All must make utmost efforts for prevention of impacts of attempts to decline the spirit to protect the country, cause disunity among national brethren and weaken the united strength.
The Senior General stressed the need to emphasize prevention of any attempts to encroach on the defence power without carelessness.
The Tatmadaw members need to have same and correct outlooks and united strength. So, chiefs of armed forces in successive eras have built united strengths. The Tatmadaw created the path of multiparty democracy for the State. And, the Tatmadaw is striving for ceasing armed conflicts and carrying on peace processes. The commanders who control their respective military units must build their units to be good and control subordinates with spirits of commander and parent in a fair manner.
As infection of COVID-19 is rising, self-protection is the best. All should practise better measure for healthiness. The Senior General urged them to take care of health measures for themselves as well as remaining officers, other ranks and families. The Senior General stressed the need to abide by health guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Sports. Such guidelines are also disciplines, so all must do everything in accord with the health coverage. Proper lighting, good ventilation and hygienic practice can contribute to prevention of disease infection to some extent.
The Senior General urged them to take sports exercise and left necessary instructions on unity in the military units. At the local military hospital, the Senior General and party heard reports by the commandant of the hospital on brief history of the hospital, giving medical treatment, health care services of mobile medical specialist teams to the people and holding educative talks.
In response to the reports, the Senior General gave necessary instructions. Next, the Senior General cordially greeted and comforted the officers and other ranks receiving medical treatments at the hospital. After presenting foodstuffs to them, the Senior General viewed round the hospital.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing meets commanders, their wives from Lashio Station of North-East Command This morning, the Senior General donated offerings and cash for nine prerequisites to Agga Maha SaddhammaJotikadhaja Manhsu ShanMonastery Sayadaw Dr Bhaddanta Puññananda of Thiri Mingala Manhsu Shan Monastery in Ward 12 of Lashio. The Sayadaw returned Dhamma gifts. The Senior General paid homage to ash relics of the Sayadawswho resided at the monastery at Thiri Thukha Hall and visited the office and library of the Sayadaw at Thiri Dhamma Kalyana Thukha Hall. The Senior General also viewed construction of the chamber where sacred relics of the Lord Buddha will be kept and Maha Buddhological Museum in the precinct of the monastery.
Thiri Mingala Manhsu Shan Monastery was not famous one in the past. Abbots resided at the monastery successively. In 1348 ME, Sayadaw U Pannita, disciple of Kanmein Monastery Sayadaw was entrusted the monastery to reside. Sayadaw U Pannita and Ashin Puññananda from Panglongof Shan State (South) were close friend. Due to request of Sayadaw U Pannita, Ashin Puññananda hasbeen residing at Manhsu Monastery since 1349 ME together with the abbot. After that, religious title recipient Sayadaws and prominent persons paid visits to the monastery thanks to magnificence of Manhsu Hsutaungpyae Pagoda and endeavours of the Sayadaw. After 1367 ME when abbot U Pannita passed away, Sayadaw Ashin Puññananda became abbot of the monastery and is striving for improvement of religious and social affairs as well as flourishing of the Buddhism till today.