The State Administration Council held a meeting 5/2021 at the meeting hall of the Office of the Chairman of the State Administration Council, in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon, with an address delivered by Chairman of the State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
Also present at the meeting were Vice-Chairman of the Council Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Council 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 and Saw Daniel, Secretary Lt-Gen Aung Lin Dway and Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Soe Htut.
In his speech, the Senior General said although the situation in the first week when the State Administration Council started the assumption of the responsibilities was normal, protests were staged from then on, so the Council solved such issue in accord with the practice of democracy. Protests were staged in more than 200 townships till the last week. As of 28 February, it was found that they committed violent acts, attacking security personnel with knives, iron hooks, catapults, nuts, percussion lock firearms and home-made guns as well as setting fire as destruction. Some riotous protesters were arrested but arrangements are being made to release some of them. The softest procedure was exercised in performing the rule of law and security measures. Destructive acts killed one police member and wounded 101 members. In tackling the riots in accord with the law, 29 men and five women were dead and 85 men and four women injured. It was found that dead cases of a woman each in Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw were caused by an arm outside the scenes, not the arms of police members.
It was assumed that CDM did not happen immediately and it might be arranged in advance. As financial assistance was found to support the CDM, sources of currency flow are put under investigation. Such news was released yesterday. Although protests are staged in the international community, protesters target the government and administrative bodies without harming the economy. However, protests in Myanmar intend to harm factories, industries, transport, currency circulation and production.
The closure of hospitals by medical doctors is worse. Health staff need to provide medical treatment to patients regardless of enemies or friends. They turn a blind eye to such a point. In fact, medical doctors break their oaths which are not appropriate for the people. The relevant ministry must strive for the opening of hospitals as quickly as possible. Waterway transport is being operated as usual. In the near future, trains will be run along the Yangon-Mandalay railroad. Just some private banks were reopened. It is necessary to strive for the reopening of all private banks as quickly as possible, and security forces must take security measures of the banks. These banks must be reopened for the sake of the people.
In a democracy, protests are staged in the international community. If protesters commit violent acts but protests, protesters are shot to be cracked down. The Council softly solves the problem. However, the media do not mention violent acts of riotous protesters and full tackling of security forces in accord with the law. Those media spotlight some necessary plots as they like and broadcast them severally so as to cause misunderstanding to the people and the international community.
An attempt of Sean Turnell, foreign economic adviser to the previous government, to evade from Myanmar was banned in time, and economic data at the secret level of the country were found from him. With regard to him, the action is taken against Union-level officials in accord with the law. It was found that some Union ministers spent money, not in line with the financial rules and disciplines, so they were summoned to solve these issues. But, they evaded away. It showed their incorrect acts. Likewise, corruption cases were found in investigating region and state chief ministers and those above the Union level, so preparations are being made to take action against them.
The Union Election Commission announced that according to findings on the voter lists in 18 townships, 350,770 people cast their votes without having citizenship scrutiny cards. The five future programmes of the State Administration Council includes the re-holding of a disciplined, free and fair election. To ensure that every person of voting age votes in accord with the law, CSCs or identity cards must be issued. Under a special project, it is necessary to issue CSCs and identity cards in various regions and states.
As for the peace process, efforts will be made to ensure that all the ethnic armed organizations that have yet to sign the NCA become signatories. Efforts will also be made for achieving eternal peace. Council members need to prioritize this point.
The Tatmadaw has been taking steps to end armed conflicts since 1948. As the country is sandwiched between the countries with far greater populations, there must be strength and readiness for national defence and security. When the country is calm and stable, the implementation of the people’s military service law adopted in 2010 must be considered. So, council members are urged to study the law. As per Section 386 of the Constitution (2008), every eligible citizen has the duty to undergo military training and serve in the military, the Senior General said.
Health staff need to provide medical treatment to patients regardless of enemies or friends. They turn a blind eye to such a point. In fact, medical doctors break their oaths which are not appropriate for the people.
Council Vice-Chairman Vice-Senior General Soe Win and council members U Thein Nyunt, Mahn Nyein Maung, Jeng Phang Naw Taung, U Khin Maung Swe and Daw Aye Nu Sein reported on a collection of taxes from social platform pages, exposition of technologically manipulative organizations for taking action, the abolishment of the laws contrary to the Constitution, exposition of and taking of action against those involved in the illegally formed CRPH and other organizations, the launch of political campaigns for those used as a tool in riots and protests, the need to promptly publicize voting fraud and other illegitimately handled issues, taking of action against the printing houses publishing posters and signboards designed to jeopardize State stability, the need for the ministry concerned to issue household registrations and CSCs in accord with the law, re-opening of monastic education schools, ceasefire and peace efforts, health affairs and progress of mine clearance.
In response to their reports, the Senior General said measures are being taken to abolish the laws contrary to the Constitution. Scrutiny measures are also being taken to take action against those belonging to CRPH. Some persons have made contacts saying they don’t belong to it. Likewise, some medical doctors have said they are not participating in the CDM. Plans are being made to arrest those running away after getting involved in issues contrary to the civil service law. Educative measures are also being taken to prevent young people from being abused in politics. Investigations show that some young people involved in protests were on drugs. Rakhine and Shan states have only a few service personnel joining the CDM. Effective action will be taken against those threatening non-CDM participants and humiliating them on social networks. All responsible officials need to ensure the rule of law and security for the public.
Measures must be taken to operate banks regularly as they are a major driving force of the national economy. Foreign investment and technologies must be invited while SMEs need to be encouraged. For boosting domestic production, the manufacturing sector based on agriculture and livestock must be encouraged. Regarding the education of children, plans are underway to open schools simultaneously in accord with the COVID-19 rules and guidelines. The monastic education schools that have proposed to reopen will also be allowed in accord with the COVID-19 rules and disciplines.
When it comes to electoral fraud and embezzlement cases, a press conference on the findings will be held for public knowledge. Doing politics requires sincerity. Insulting and speaking ill of others to garner support is dishonest politics, causing many losses to the State. The present situation has surfaced due to such insincere political activities. In the time of the Council, measures must be taken in an honest manner for the good of the country, the Senior General said.—MNA