Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker lays wreath at memorial of Thura Ma Chit Po in PyinOoLwin

Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw U Khin Aung Myint lays a wreath at tomb of Thura Ma Chit Po in PyinOoLwin.—MNA
Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw U Khin Aung Myint lays a wreath at tomb of Thura Ma Chit Po in PyinOoLwin.—MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 5 April — A delegation of Amyotha Hluttaw led by Speaker U Khin Aung Myint laid a wreath at a memorial of Thura Ma Chit Po in PyinOoLwin on Sunday, according to officials.
At the local military hospital, the speaker and MPs spoke words of encouragement to soldiers wounded in clashes of Laukkai and presented gifts to them.
At a ceremony held in honour of fallen and wounded army members, the speaker said their visit was a salute to front-line military forces who risk life and limb to defend the country, medics, Red Cross members, and media persons.
The remains of soldiers killed in Laukkai clashes were cremated, with their ashes brought back for burial at the Memorial to Fallen Heroes in Lashio, according to him.
The speaker spoke of some people who fancy speaking ill of the defence services without understanding its gratitude, stressing that they do not realize the fact that only when the Tatmadaw is strong will the nation be strong.
He recounted that Ma Chit Po was the wife of Corporal Hla Maung of No.1 Military Engineer Battalion. The government troops were forced to retreat as multicoloured insurgents launched a surprise attack on PyinOoLwin on 23 February 1949. She, on her own volition, gathered information about the locations of enemy bases and locations of their heavy guns. Her information enabled the army to launch effective offences. In a fight, she was seriously wounded in the abdomen. While receiving medical treatment in PyinOoLwin, she was caught as a traitor informed her location of the enemy.
She suffered gruesome tortures in her captivity and became unconscious. The insurgents threw her into a well and piled bricks over her. She lost her life to the country on 8 April 1949. She died at the age of 42. She was awarded Thura, a medal for bravery. She was the one and only women to have received such a military title.
Speaker U Khin Aung Myint presented K50 million for fallen soldiers, an MP K20 million for wounded soldiers, and the Amyotha Hluttaw Office K10 million for female soldiers.
On 4 April, artistes entertained wounded soldiers at the military hospital in PyinOoLwin. Speaker U Khin Aung Myint sang “Village Convention” in honour of the wounded soldiers.—MNA

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