Nay Pyi Taw September 1
The policy of the Tatmadaw is to defend the State. The Tatmadaw has to serve for the peace, stability and development of the country which is a national cause, said Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at his meeting with officers, other ranks and families of Pyay Station at the Nawade Hall of the station this morning.
Also present at the meeting were Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San, senior military officers of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army), Commander of Southern Command Maj-Gen Myo Win and officers, other ranks and families of the station.
At the meeting, the Senior General said there must be peace and stability in the security and political sectors however the political trend is changing in the country. Since 2011, the country has been marching on multi-party democracy path chosen by the people. No political system is perfect. Certain countries are also exercising multi-party democracy system, but there are differences between one country and another. Myanmar is marching on the political system that is suitable to it. Because of the divide-and-rule policy of the colonial era, there appeared ideological disagreements among the ethnic races during the independence struggle and post-independence period. Since many years, Myanmar people have been living in unity and with own culture. Due to divide and rule in the colonial era and political blows, there have long been ethnic armed conflicts. Today, marching towards democracy must be in accordance with the constitution. Tatmadawmen must have unity and disciplines as Tatmadaw is performing the country’s duties. Tatmadaw is performing duties in accord with the laws and took actions against law breakers. Tatmadawmen have to abide by military laws as well as civilian laws. Tatmadaw is waging a just war in order to protect the interests of the country and the people.
Afterwards, the Senior General said state and region-level coordination meetings were held for local peace-making processes. Peace talks were also held. Those involved in the local peace-making processes should not breach peace agreements. A country will develop only when there is no internal armed conflict. Ethnic equality is enshrined in the constitution. It offers a guarantee for politics. The Tatmadaw will always be giving a helping hand in times of national development efforts, natural disasters or reconstruction efforts. It will also be cooperating in fulfilling the needs of the State. Likewise, the Tatmadaw is helping with providing healthcare services for local people in faraway areas.
In order to provide welfare for Tatma-dawmen and their families and control high commodity prices, fish, meat, eggs and vegetables produced from Tatmadaw-owned agricultural and livestock farms are being distributed at reduced prices. Preparations are being made to fulfill the needs in accommodation, education and health sectors. Tatmadawmen need to be proud of living a life of soldier. Out of self-conscience, they must try their best to stay away from betel quid, smoking and alcohol that can harm both health and financial conditions.
After the meeting, the Senior General and the Commander-in-Chief (Navy) presented foodstuffs through officials. Then, the Senior General and party cordially greeted the officers, other ranks and their families.
The Senior General and party cordially comforted officers and other ranks receiving medical treatment at the local military hospital in Pyay and presented foodstuffs.
In the afternoon, the Senior General and party arrived at Tatmadaw Heavy Industry in Htonbo. At the meeting hall, an official reported to the Senior General on manufactur-ing of automobiles of the industry. After raising queries what he wanted to know, the Senior General gave necessary instructions and attended to the needs.
The Senior General and party inspected assembling automobiles in the industry and production process at workshops and fulfilled the requirements of officials. In meeting with workers of the industry, the Senior General said that the industry is mainly manufacturing automobiles for the State and the Tatmadaw. Manufacturing of automobiles is a prestige of the industry. The Senior General urged them to try hard at different levels for manufacturing highly qualified automobiles based on their experiences. Then, the Senior General presented foodstuffs after fulfilling the requirements of the workers from the industry.