Chairman of State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing delivers address at meeting (9/2021) of State Administration Council

Nay Pyi Taw April 26

State Administration Council held its meeting (9/2021) at the meeting hall of the SAC Chairman’s Office here this afternoon, with an address delivered by Chairman of State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

Also present were Vice Chairman of the State Administration Council Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, SAC members General Mya Tun Oo, Admiral Tin Aung San, General Maung Maung Kyaw, Lt-Gen Moe Myint Tun, Mahn Nyein Maung, U Thein Nyunt, U Khin Maung Swe, Daw Aye Nu Sein, Jeng Phang Naw Taung, U Moung Har, U Sai Lone Hsaing, Saw Daniel, Dr Banya Aung Moe, Lt-Gen Soe Htut, U Shwe Kyein, Secretary Lt-Gen Aung Lin Dway, Joint Secretary Lt-Gen Ye Win Oo and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin.

Speaking at the meeting the Senior General recounted his attendance at the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting held on 24 this month in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the discussion about the activities of ASEAN, Covid-19 prevention undertakings and changes in Myanmar.

The Senior General said during the meeting, he explained the transfer of State duties in accord with the Constitution on 1 February because of the vote rigging at the general election held in Myanmar in 2020, the different stages of riots, the establishment of SAC and future programmes, visions and missions, the Tatmadaw’s endeavours and promises being realized in accord with the democratic practices, Tatmadaw’s democratic undertakings in the 2010 and 2015 elections, vote rigging that occurred in 2020 general election held by the then ruling party, involvement of unrealistic voter lists according to the findings, the unprocedural undertakings in publishing and distributing ballots, voters without national registration cards, injuries and fatalities of security forces due to the current violence, legal dealings in connection with public injury and fatality cases.

At the meeting, the Senior General said leaderships is important in politics, but it must be in accord with the rules and law. Democracy never accepts unlawful leadership. The endeavours for a dialogue in connection with the unfairness of the election were rejected by the president, government officials and Hluttaw unlawfully. Tatmadaw has acted in accord with the law, he said, and explained the holding of a free and fair election, the seizure of weapons and ammunition used by violent vandals, the imposition of martial law in certain townships, the negative impacts of CDM of health staff on public health.

He also clarified the peace process of Myanmar, the resolve to restore peace without fail as it is essential for democracy and federal system, the process to issue NRCs for over 4.6 million people who had no NRC to hold the election again, and the repatriation of people who went to the other country from Rakhine State only under the designated rules.

In response to the suggestions given by the ASEAN leaders on Myanmar affairs, the Senior General said the suggestions will be seriously taken into account in relation to the current internal issues, as they include appropriate and positive ones. As the SAC is now prioritizing the State peace and stability, the Myanmar visits proposed by the ASEAN can be taken into account based on the situation of internal stability. As regards the request made by ASEAN to constructively participant in the adopted five future programmes, the SAC will ponder it in the interest of the country if it is based on “ASEAN Charter” “ASEAN Way” “ASEAN Spirit”.

The Senior General then said programs are underway to open law and economic courses at the universities. All citizens should have the basic legal knowledge as law subject is important in democracy. Economic progress ensures the practice of democracy. The income gap between the regions and states and the rural and the urban must be mitigated. Peace is required for educational activities to increase the number of educated persons. Hence, efforts are being made for the soonest reopening of schools. It is required to resume the operations of factories, existing construction undertaking, so that jobs can be generated for the people and increase their earnings.

Then, members of the SAC U Thein Nyunt, Mahn Nyein Maung, U Khin Maung Swe, Jeng Phang Naw Taung, Daw Aye Nu Sein, Saw Daniel, U Shwe Kyein and Dr Banya Aung Moe reported to the Senior General on measures to announce the unlawful CRPH as a terrorist organization in accordance with the anti-terrorism law, to review laws that breach the provisions of the constitution, to review the formation of special courts, to offer rewards to government employees who are loyal to the country and to take action against those who breach laws, to expose the losses for the country caused by hiring foreign experts during the term of the previous government, to place emphasis on alleviation of concerns of the public over private banks, to take effective action against artists who are involved in incitement of violent protests, to detain and take effective action against those who are responsible for violence, to pump out sand from rivers to earn foreign incomes, to generate solar power on wide surfaces of water bodies, to add required provisions in the cyber law, to expose efforts to instigate the CDM in private construction works, to identify and take actions against officials of ministries who are responsible for the CDM, to issue citizenship scrutiny cards to IDPs systematically, to expose carrying illegal weapons in border areas, to form teams to disclose true news to the public in real time, to create economic opportunities as the country has been stable, to carry out development tasks in Namhsam and Mongtong, to grant agricultural loans for substitute crops in villages resided by Palaung ethnic group, to prevent one-party dictatorship in implementing the union based on democracy and federal system and to create a union and to reform electoral system to enable representatives of all parties to participate in the Hluttaw.

After hearing the reports, the Senior General said that it is necessary to make sure that facts are sound and accurate to take action against an organization in accordance with the law and measures will be taken to review the issue of special courts. It is a good idea to offer rewards to government employees who do not take part in CDM and who are loyal to the country. It is important to change the mindset of government employee and civil servants who are responsible for administrative affairs to enable them to possess appropriate mindset in the long term.

Measures are being taken to enable banks to operate regularly. From long-term perspectives, appropriate action is taken against artists but effective action will have to be taken against some of them who fail to stop their activities despite repeated warnings. Plans are underway to organize ad hoc press conferences to enable the public to know news in real time. It is important to take consideration for the long term in working for the development of the country. In implementing solar power projects on wide water surfaces including the Indawgyi Lake, it is necessary to take the damage to related tourism activities and natural resources into account.

In issuing citizenship scrutiny cards, measures will be taken in accordance with the Citizenship Law and to issue national registration cards to those who have not received ones. Despite being entrusted with the legislative power, it is impossible for me to go beyond the constitution and I have assigned the UEC to negotiate with political parties in amending the election system.

It is important for the SAC to achieve economic success and measures must be taken for food security and economic prosperity for the public. For the economic prosperity of the country, efforts must be based on agriculture and livestock breeding. As sufficient electricity supply is important for businesses, feasibility tests must be carried out to generate electricity.

Our Three Main National Causes is the national duty and it is necessary to build a union based on democracy and federal system firmly. In doing so, it is important to achieve equitable development ratio for regions and states and future governments must be able to take the same path. It is pivotal to exert efforts to enable national races to be literate and possess high knowledge. Trust can be built only when measures taken serve their interest and improve their lives. In conclusion, the Senior General said he believes that the SAC is required to perform duties based on such good wishes for the country and the people in realizing democracy and the SAC will achieve success by doing so.

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