State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi expressed her belief yesterday that the artistes of Myanmar who continue to donate to help develop Rakhine State are supporting the Union government not only monetarily but also spiritually.
The State Counsellor made this remark in her speech at a ceremony to accept a cash donation from a foundation founded by artistes.
“The main power of the artistes is that they can influence the heart of the people,” she said at the ceremony held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Nay Pyi Taw. “The contribution of the artistes to the country can also motivate and make the people interested .”
The donation of Ks65 million by the Hnin Si Yin Khwin Foundation proves that the people are working with “collective strength” for development, stability and peace of the country, she said.
“We believe that this donation is not just for Rakhine State, but also for the stability of the country”, she added.
The State Counsellor highlighted the importance of national reconciliation for the peace and stability of the country, saying that diverse opinions bring people closer.
Opinions are not the same in people, and people have the ability to negotiate diverse opinions to build up a unity among them, she said, requesting that the artistes spread the thinking of negotiation and rationalization to the people.
There might be more than one answer to a problem, and we should choose the best one based on the situation and our ability, she added.
She continued to say that the way to the goal can be changed, stressing the need to be prepared to use alternate solutions to reach a goal. She urged the artistes to spread that mindset to the people.
“Arts support our peace and national reconciliation process, and our peace and national reconciliation process supports the arts,” she said.
At the ceremony, Director Maung Myo Min handed over K65 million to Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye, Vice Chairman of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine State.