Nay Pyi Taw, 3 May — President U Thein Sein, together with Union Ministers U Soe Thane, U Tin Naing Thein, U Myint Hlaing, U Zeyar Aung, Dr Daw Khin San Yi, Dr Myint Aung, Lt-Gen Mya Tun Oo of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) and deputy ministers, left for PyinOoLwin on Saturday afternoon by special flight to attend the jungle camp of boy scouts and girl guides and the president and party were welcomed at PyinOoLwin by Chief Minister U Ye Myint of Mandalay Region, Commander of Central Command Maj-Gen Soe Htut and officials of the region government.
The president attended the third jungle camp meeting of boy scouts and girl guides on Sunday morning at the jungle camp of boy scouts and girl guides at the yew forest in PyinOoLwin where the president was warmly welcomed by senior scouts, boy scouts and girl guides.
Then, boy scouts and girl guides opened the camp ceremony by signing “Ready for the People”.
Afterwards, Chief Scout of Myanmar Scout Association President U Thein Sein and boy scouts and girl guides saluted the state flag.
Then, the scouts saluted the president with scout salute.
In his speech at the ceremony, the president said that the girl guides was first founded in Myanmar in 1916 and the boy scout was founded in 1920.
It was founded by the government as an independent organization affiliated with World Scout Federation and Asia Scout Federation, according to the president, who also added that the then heads of state performed as head of scouts to honour them.
However, the activity of the scout halted in 1964 due to various reasons and about 50-year later, it was reestablished during the term of the incumbent government in 2012, the president said.
Now, its head office was opened in Mingala Taungnyunt on 29 April and it has about 37,000 members in the entire country and training courses for scouts have been conducted in universities since 27 April, the president said.
Then, the president added that the government is nurturing all round outstanding new generation youths for future Myanmar who are morally good, loyal, genuinely patriotic, capable, philanthropic , respectful of elders and teachers, self-reliant and possess five strengths including physical strength, intellectual strength, moral strength, etc.
The scout association, whose motto is “Be always ready”, is social organization free from military and political influences and its members are required to do a good deed each day in accordance with it slogan “Do a good deed each day”, the president pointed out.
In conclusion, the president urged the scouts to try their best to become outstanding youths who are capable of building the future nation.
Then, the president signed in the guest book of the camp before receiving a souvenir of the camp presented by the scouts.
Afterwards, the president warmly greeted the youths and viewed capabilities of the scouts before posing for documentary photographs with senior scouts, boy scouts and girl guides.
A total of 910 members including 780 boy, girl and senior scouts from basic education schools and universities and 130 supervisory teachers have been participating in the camp since 30 April.
The president and party later proceeded to Mogok by helicopter where the president was warmly greeted by local national races.
Then, the president heard reports on the Mogok Lake by Union Minister U Myint Hlaing and Director-General UKyaw Myint Hlaing at the project site.
Afterwards, U Tun Shwe, a local people thanked the president for renovation of the lake.
Later, the president greeted the local people warmly.
In his speech in Mogok, the president said that the renovation of the lake is being carried out with the special fund to prevent floods in Mogok during rainy seasons, to supply clean drinking water, to create recreational facility for the people based on the genuine good-will.
It is necessary for local people to cooperate with the government for the conservation of the lake, the president pointed out.
The government has given priority to food, clothing and shelter, drinking water, electricity and smooth transportation and infrastructures are being built for sustainable development of the country, the president added.
Then, the president added that natural resources alone cannot be relied upon for sustainable development and it is necessary to establish business based on education.
In conclusion, the president urged local people to find ways and means to leave natural resources of the town to posterity.
The president and party viewed round the development of the town before going back to Nay Pyi Taw in the afternoon. MNA