President U Win Myint accompanied by Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Dr. Myint Htwe, U Han Zaw and U Ohn Maung, Chief of Myanmar Police Force Police Lt-Gen Aung Win Oo and officials left Nay Pyi Taw by Tatmadaw special flight and arrived in Taninthayi Region, Dawei Town yesterday morning.
The President and party were welcomed by Taninthayi Region Chief Minister U Myint Maung, Coastal Command Commander Maj-Gen Thaung Htike Shwe, Region Hluttaw Speaker U Khin Maung Aye,
Region Chief Judge U Tin Aung, Region Advocate-General U Soe Myint, Region Auditor U Thein Tun, Region Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Kyi Soe, Region ministers, Hluttaw representatives, region level departmental officials, locals and cultural troupes at Dawei Airport.
The President then met and gave guidance to officials from Region government, Region Hluttaw, Region High Court, region, district and township departmental officials at the Dawei Town Hall.
Speaking at the meeting the President said all were determined to establish the country as a Democratic Federal Republic and meetings like this were being held so that all responsible persons could work together reform and transition works smoothly towards becoming a Democratic Federal Union. Democracy was a system that provided freedom, security and happiness to the citizens. As the country was formed with many ethnic people, a union could not be established without the participation of the ethnic people. Therefore self-determination, self-rule, development of language, literature, culture, tradition and practices of ethnic nationals were to be supported and encouraged.
Establishment of a Democratic Federal Republic would be successful only with the participation of officials from government, Hluttaw and judicial pillars in the reform and transition works. CSOs, NGOs and media need to provide assistance and support in this endeavor and only then can there be success.
In today’s age of globalization, the country would not develop, be stable and prosperous without reforms. That was why all had the duty to conduct reform with conscious will. Reform was not something to be concerned about. Now was an opportune for the citizens and the country to develop. The country would be stable, peaceful and developed only if there was a democratic administrative system. Only through practicing a democratic system could the country develop. The march towards democracy was for development. In the same way only through establishing a federal republic could our country be peaceful. Only with peace could there be development. Only then could we have the fruits of human rights in states, regions, hills and plains equally without differences. For speedy development and success, all need to support and work hand in hand.
The administrative system that we were heading for has political, economic and social justice. Justice was relevant for all. Democracy would be firm and strong only through the establishment of a human society that provided justice to all. Democracy had equal status, equal opportunities and equal rights under the law. Democracy would be firm and strong only when there was rule of law. Rule of law, democratic rights and human rights were interlinked. Without rule of law, democracy rights would be lost. That was why rule of law needed to be established. Our administrative system needed to support rule of law. In the same way the administrative machinery must protect human rights. Only then could we reach our goal of democracy.
People are the parents in a democratic system. We are all doing what the people assign us to do. The administrative pillar must be people-centered and serve the people. Our services must be services that serve the people. We all need to perform the duties assigned to us by the people.
Government funds must be protected from being wasted. Criticizing the government was not attacking the government. Basic mindsets need to be changed in undertaking reform. Without all participating and changing, reform would not be successful. The Union government could only set policy and provide guidance. The implementation part was to be conducted by state and region governments. State and region governments were responsible to implement the policies laid down by the Union government. If the state and region governments were unable to implement, the reform journey would not go far or reach its destination.
The country would develop and progress depending upon the speedy and correct decisions and actions of the state and region governments.
We all needed to follow up on our assigned tasks and must have responsible persons assigned for all the tasks. They must be managed and supervised where necessary. Only then could the tasks be completed speedily.
We were pushing for the success of reforms so that our citizens could stand tall in the world. Leaders of departmental organizations must guide and instruct their personnel towards changing their mindsets. In addition to this leaders needed to relate well with their personnel. Only then could our reform journey be smooth and would we reach our destination quickly. The foundations of democracy needed to be stable and strong and the sovereignty must be in the hands of the people, said the President.
Next Taninthayi Region Chief Minister U Myint Maung explained about the Region government’s regional development works, Region Hluttaw Speaker U Khin Maung Aye explained about Hluttaw works and Region Chief Judge U Tin Aung explained about judicial works.
In response to the explanations made the President said the Union had set policies on the matter of confiscated lands. Assessments were to be made according to these policies and released land must be returned to the original owners quickly.
In developing travel business in Taninthayi Region care must be taken so that natural environment, coral reef were not destroyed or damaged. In addition to this care must be taken so that wastes, garbage and plastics were not discarded indiscriminately. The islands were the property of the country and only the right to work on it had been granted. So this right must not be abused.
The resources of the Region were for the Region and country. Care must be taken so that the fishery resources were not wasted or lost. Resources must be maintained systematically. All were urged to eradicate and prevent drug abuse, assess properly entry/exit at border gates and have a systematic civil administration.
Legislators need to conduct legislative, check and balance works in cooperation and in accordance with prevailing laws, rules, regulations and procedures without overstepping any boundaries. The judiciary sector must promote and protect human rights. Region High Court judges were to inspect detention centres in police stations and courts and prisons to ensure that there were no human rights violations and the judiciary was free from corruption. Evidence must be properly assessed and properly managed in a timely manner so that state funds were not wasted.
We should all perform the historic duties placed on our shoulders and all responsible persons were urged to strive together in collective strength, said the President. After the meeting the President cordially greeted the meeting attendees. Later in the afternoon the President went to the Dawei People’s Hospital where the Ministry of Construction Building Department Director General U Thein Zaw explained about the construction of a five storey hospital building.
Later the President inspected the five storey hospital building which was under construction and then met with patients undertaking treatment in the hospital. The President encouraged and provided cash support to the patients. Afterwards the President inspected the road project site where the 2-lane motor road connecting the Dawei Special Economic Zone and Hteekhee on the border with Thailand. At the briefing hall near Khamaungthwe Bridge on Myitta-Hteekhee Road, Ministry of Construction, Road Department Chief Engineer U Myint Han explained about the Dawei Special Economic Zone-Hteekhee road.
The President said that the government was striving toward equal development of states and regions and spoke of the requirement for the project works to be completed on time to full standard, the need for the Region government to prevent waste of funds. He added that stability and peace could only be achieved when regions develop and also spoke about the need to emphasize on regional development works. — MNA (Translated by Zaw Min)