Things have come to such a pass as terrorist attacks, not political means, were resorted to in solving vote rigging, it would be difficult to achieve peace and stability if attempts are being made to solve the political problems not by political means but by terror and armed resistance, we are determined to solve the political problems through political means, if terrorist attacks are continued to be carried out, we will do following our policy of anti-terrorism, and, for our part, we are exercising considerable restraint in accordance with the law without making any intentional attacks, said Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at the State Administration Council meeting (7/2022) held at the meeting room of the office of the SAC chairman yesterday afternoon.
The meeting was attended by SAC Vice-Chairman Deputy Prime Minister Vice-Senior General Soe Win and SAC members.
The Prime Minister said that during the one-and-a-half-year period that we have been taking the duties of the State, we have had to solve all kinds of hardships – political, economic and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
State economic promotion funds disbursed
There was a coordination meeting with chief ministers of regions and states and chairpersons of self-administered zones for the people to realize the undertakings of the government. At that meeting, the Prime Minister said that regions, states and self-administered zones have their own rights to self-governing and that there would be a positive result if requirements for amending the Constitution based on their endeavours and experiences can be known. After the coordination meeting, the State economic promotion funds were disbursed to regions, states and self-administered zones.
In respect of political vision, two points are to realize the multiparty democratic system. I do not deny it as it is selected by the people. We have to march to the Union authorized by democratic administration and federal power. So, I told chief ministers that you had federal authority. So, you exercise it. Now, they do so. Some Unions say so but not central. They do so themselves. These comprise many visions.
The Prime Minister continued that we should encourage the cultivation of rice and beans and pulses that directly contributes to the national economy as there are export markets for them. The funds of emerald green projects handed out to regions, states and self-administered zones can yield substantial returns with the passage of time and so he believes that disbursement of the State economic promotion funds would be a shot in the arm for the national economy.
Increased production and exports required for economic development
The Prime Minister went on to say that the economy of a nation is related to its political situation and therefore it is necessary to strengthen the national economy, that increased yield of agricultural produce is a must for increased productivity, and that it is important to manufacture value-added products and it will benefit not only the manufacturers but also the nation.
Regarding the import of goods, the Prime Minister said that measures are being taken to be able to produce the required amount of import-substitute goods, that some domestically produced goods do not meet the required standards and so it is necessary to upgrade technology and that concerted efforts must be made to increase production and trade to revitalize the national economy.
SAC’s implementation of political and national missions
If the country can solve social and political issues, it will be stable and will implement the political system as expected. The government set a political aim to exercise a multiparty democratic system and build a Union based on democracy and federalism. To do so, efforts are being made to implement the peace process and political landscape. It is necessary to create a lifestyle in conformity with the knowledge and skills of people in individuals. And, it is necessary to strive for improvement of education and the economy so as to be a better lifestyle.
… regions, states and self-administered zones have their own rights to self-governing and that there would be a positive result if requirements for amending the Constitution based on their endeavours and experiences can be known.
Two national visions related to socio-economy are to ensure the prosperity of the nation and ensure the sufficiency of food. As these visions were adopted with essence, the State Administration Council must implement them without fail.
With regard to the building of the Union based on democracy and federalism, the Senior General said: “In respect of political vision, two points are to realize the multiparty democratic system. I do not deny it as it is selected by the people. We have to march to the Union authorized by democratic administration and federal power. So, I told chief ministers that you had federal authority. So, you exercise it. Now, they do so. Some Unions say so but not central. They do so themselves. These comprise many visions. I prefer something. So, I encourage them to do so. If you have some difficulties, tell me. I say so. So, we have to march to the Union authorized by democratic administration and federal power. There are two political visions. In doing so, peace is of importance. So, we are trying to restore peace. Those who understand politics come to us for holding peace talks. But those who do not understand such trends are still living on the sideline. Now, we have talked with 10 organizations. Recently, we held talks with SSPP. We have achieved success. When I asked them about accepting the construction of the Union authorized with democratic administration and federal power, they all agreed to it. I will meet them again this month. I will hold discussions with all 10 organizations in the group. In September, I will meet with them again. After it, I will try to sign agreements. I can’t say how long it will take. As we have held the basic agreement, I think we don’t have any reason not to achieve success. But I cannot think some EAOs cannot understand it. If they actually aspire to ethnic issues and Union issues and if we do everything based on these two issues, it will have success without fail. We desire such visions and we would like to do so. So, they may come to us for holding talks. At that time, I told them what is possible or impossible. We have to exchange views on wishes. So, we have to negotiate with each other to have a win-win result. It is an answer.”
Measures related to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic
Some 10-20 patients with positive results are seen starting from the second week of August. It is necessary to carry out prevention, treatment and control of the pandemic, while systematic preparations must be made for restricting the infection of possible diseases triggered by Covid-19.
Council members discussed the enactment of a law to take severe action against national traitors and those who committed the high treason cases, restriction for mobilizing the act based on religions, plans to cease the terror attacks and ways to control currency value at home.
The Vice-Senior General discussed the supplementary points to be inserted into the law on archives for historic persons.
In his concluding remarks, the Senior General said the country has sufficient fuel till the end of August. More oil tankers will arrive here soon. Fuel purchased from Russia will arrive in Myanmar after August. Fuel tankers will arrive here one after another. Prices of fuel are based on market manipulation of merchants. The Senior General stressed the need to improve the State politics and economy within six months through collaborative efforts. — MNA