Nay Pyi Taw March 26
A ceremony to donate a sculpture of Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing as a gesture of honouring the 73rd Anniversary Armed Forces Day is held at the Defence Services Museum this morning.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing attended the ceremony and accepted it. Also present at the ceremony together with the Senior General were the Senior General’s wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, Deputy Commander-in- Chief of Defence Services Commander- in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win and wife Daw Than Than Nwe, Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Mya Tun Oo, senior military offi cers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief, the Commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command, donors U Saw Hla Aye, U Kyaw Kyaw and sculptor U Ye Yint Naung Latt. On behalf of the donors, U Kyaw Kyaw explained the purpose of donating sculpture made of bulbous growth of gum-kino plant, saying that the successive governments had made efforts to restore peace. Kayin State has been on the right track to peace thanks to peace talks with ethnic armed organizations in Kayin State and the NCA-signing while Senior General Min Aung Hlaing is performing his duties.
As a result, the state sees regional development and improvements in social and health sectors. Thanks to the Senior General’s efforts, ethnic armed organizations are on the peace path. The people in Kayin State could do their businesses and regional development tasks peacefully.
So the donation of sculpture is aimed at expressing their appreciation and thanks to him. The Senior General accepted the portrait sculpture from the wellwishers. Then, the Senior General presented a certifi cate of honour, an emblem of the Commanderin- Chief of Defence Services and gifts to well-wisher U Saw Hla Aye and party.
In speaking words of thanks, the Senior General said donation of his portrait sculpture refl ects the hearty recognition of the people over the Tatmadaw’s efforts to restore the internal peace. Internal armed confl icts cause miseries to the ethnics, lagging national development behind other nations. So, it is a must to restore the peace. He recounted experience he carried out development tasks as much as he could and evacuated some people from miseries during his assignments in the military operation regions. He held discussions with U Thein Sein, former president in the previous government term, to restore peace while he started discharging duty of the Commanderin- Chief of Defence Services.
He recounted that at that time when the nation has been practising democracy, the Tatmadaw agreed to hold political dialogues if anything did not harm Our Three Main National Causes as well as the path of multiparty democracy. So efforts were made to restore the peace. The Tatmadaw faces some diffi culties in some issues relating to the ethnics due to instigations although they are honest. Restoring peace in Kayin State was based on building mutual trust between the Tatmadaw and ethnic armed organizations in Kayin State.
Whatever government or political party leads the nation, the Tatmadaw pledges to emphasize peace, prosperity and development of the nation. The Tatmadaw makes endeavours to restore peace with the aim of ensuring peace and stability of the nation with development as well as peaceful living status of the people. The Senior General thanked the well-wishers, being a part of the people, who carved his portrait sculpture as part of recognizing the Tatmadaw’s endeavour to restore peace.
As the Senior General asked what he wanted to know after viewing the statue, well-wisher U Saw Hla Aye and party explained it. The sculpture made of a bulbous growth of tree was carved in honour of Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in his term as ethnic armed organizations in Kayin State reached the path of peace due to holding peace talks and signing the NCA while the people could enjoy fruitful results of regional development, social and health sectors.
The sculpture of Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing was made of a bulbous growth of more than 100 years old gum-kino plant from Myainggyingu region near Myanmar-Thai border. Under the arrangement of U Kyaw Kyaw, sculptor U Ye Yint Naung Latt curved the sculpture on the gumkino bulbous growth donated by U Saw Hla Aye, taking about two months.
After completion of the work, the sculpture was donated to the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services. The sculpture, weighing about one ton, is worth about Ks-100 million.