President U Win Myint met yesterday with Bago Region administrative, legislative and judicial officials as well as district and township-level officials and urged swifter government reforms.
The meeting was held at Bago City Hall yesterday morning. Present at the meeting were Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win, Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Electricity and Energy U Win Khaing, Bago Region Chief Minister U Win Thein, region ministers, (Bago) Region Hluttaw Speaker U Khin Maung Yin, Bago Region Chief Judge U Maung Maung Shwe and judges, Chief of Myanmar Police Force Police Lt-Gen Aung Win Oo, along with district and township level departmental officials.
In his speech, President U Win Myint spoke of the two main reasons for his coming to Bago Region — to raise the momentum of reforms carried out by the government, and to meet with people displaced by flooding and the general inundation caused by the recent and unrelenting rainstorms.
The government is implementing the reform programme with an increasing momentum. Officials in administrative, legislative and judicial sectors need to perform their duties without any concerns, since now is the time to conduct reform works, as the country and the livelihood of its people will only develop when all parties are operating correctly and hand-in-hand, said the President.
The goal is to create a democratic federal union and is being put in place so that all states and regions develop proportionately and in tandem. Emphasis is being placed towards ensuring peace, development and the eternal existence of the union. The President said everyone is responsible for ensuring that justice prevails. Ensuring justice will strengthen democracy, as well as society.
It will also support the establishment of a democratic federal union. Only when a democratic federal union is established can there be unity, peace and development.
Administrations should not become machines that oppress. Human rights must be protected, and administrations must safeguard and protect the freedom and security of the people. It is required that they be responsible, dutiful, transparent, cooperative and display foresight.
In legislation, laws that are in accord with the times and democracy need to be drawn up and enacted. In the judiciary, judgment should be unbiased towards those who are rich, poor, and with or without power or authority, and should be carried out in accordance with the country’s laws, rules and procedures.
Anti-narcotics enforcement must be conducted so that there is more participation and cooperation with civil society organisations and the public. Anti-narcotics work is to also be considered a national duty. The work will be more effective only with the participation and cooperation of the people, and the public needs to watch and expose shortcoming in, and flouting of, anti-narcotic works.
With regards to corruption, the anti-corruption commission is taking effective actions according to the laws, and these commissions are formed down to the state and regional levels. Corruption Prevention Units (CPUs), working to control corruption, are planned to be formed at the ministry level. All need to participate to become corruption free. Actions in accordance with the laws against corruption are taken, regardless of position or status. Work is ongoing, in a bid to become a corruption free society.
In the judiciary sector, unbiased judgments are being carried out. Responsibilities must be taken, in the states and regions, in stages within the states and regions. Judgments are to be in accord with Union Judiciary Law and enacted laws related to the judiciary. All is equal in the face of the law and action is to be taken in accordance to the law, said the President in his guidance speech.
Next, Bago Region Chief Minister U Win Thein explained about the status of the government’s oversight of regional development works and future projects.
Bago Region Hluttaw Speaker U Khin Maung Yin then discussed legislative works conducted, and to be conducted, followed by Bago Region Chief Judge U Maung Maung Shwe explaining about judicial works conducted now and planned for the future.
In response to the explanations, President U Win Myint commented on the requirement to consistently to oversee all work to ensure that there are no violations of human rights in the judiciary sector, to manage at all stages so that the judiciary sector is level and upright, and to conclude all cases quickly and correctly. Regarding the legislative sector, the President said motions that have been earlier tabled are to be handled in accord with Hluttaw law and rules. Pledges previously made need to be implemented and laws enacted need to be in accord with the Constitution. In the administrative sector, evaluations of farmlands are to be made in accordance with national policies. The carrying out of projects needs to meet regional requirements and benefit the people.
Public servants are enjoying the salaries and wages from the union budget and along with these benefits, public servants need to take responsibility for their work. Rights are to be obtained, while duties are to be performed responsibly. Public servants enjoying salaries and wages from public funds need to perform their duties and responsibilities according to the law, and they are to serve and provide service to the people.
Public servants are to treat the public fairly, and must not waste public funds. Furthermore, administrative, legislative and judicial sectors are interlinked and have the responsibility to check and balance one another.
After the session, President U Win Myint greeted those attending the meeting.
After the meeting, the President, Union Ministers, Region Chief Minister and officials went to meet and encourage those people displaced by floods in the Buddha Voice Dhamma Beikman and hand over to Region Chief Minister U Win Thein Ks. 100 million for the Bago Region Natural Disaster Management Committee fund, provided by the National Disaster Management Committee. Following this, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye provided 100 rice bags to the Bago Region Chief Minister for flood affected people and relief kits for 1,000 families, consisting of six types of relief materials.
The President then met with flood affected people and gave words of encouragements.