General Aung San’s centenary birthday anniversary celebrated in Natmauk

Speaker U Khin Aung Myint speaking at ceremony to mark the centennial of the birthday of General Aung San.
Speaker U Khin Aung Myint speaking at ceremony to mark the centennial of the birthday of General Aung San.

A ceremony to mark the centennial of the birthday of General Aung San was started in Natmauk, Magway Region, on Saturday, with an address by Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker U Khin Aung Myint.
Thura U Shwe Mann, Chairman of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), sent a message to the centenary event, which was read out by U Thein Zaw, Chairman of National Races Affairs and Internal Peace Making Committee.
Speaker U Khin Aung Myint praised General Aung San to the skies, depicting him as an architect of independence and trustworthy national leader who had made strenuous efforts to free Myanmar from the yoke of imperialism.
The national leader was endowed with such characteristics as sacrifice, righteousness, farsightedness and charisma, with the speaker saying that these personal charismas have made us always remember him for a century.
The speaker recalled that General Aung San had lived all his life a student leader, a political leader, a defence services leader and a national leader, committing his life to ‘national independence struggle’ by laying down his life with a sole ambition in his mind, which the speaker said ‘Independence must be won’.
He praised the national leader for his ability to dispel sectarianism and conventionalism which were deeply rooted in the political culture of Myanmar, and to practise pragmatism.
According to the speaker, General Aung San worked in tandem with all forces, putting aside sectarian differences. The leader of the then defence services used to be keen on a monopoly-free socialism, different from proletarianism, but gave guidance at a conference on the writing of State Constitution, stressing that only the democratic system is suitable for the country.
Speaker U Khin Aung Myint called for following the examples the national leader had set in turning the country into a democracy.
The event will celebrate the centenary birthday anniversary of General Aung San in Natmauk from 7 to 13 February, with a stone plaque marking his 100th birthday to be erected on his birthday, 13 February.

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