Record of Press Conference (4/2021) held on 9 April 2021 by the State Administration Council’s Information Team

Continued from
15 april 2021

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44. Dr Soe Myint Oo, editor-in-charge of the Myanmar Public Press New Agency, asked if it is possible to compile a list of people who should not have died due to CDM by ward/township and nation. He suggested doing so because the consequences will be even more pronounced by doing so. He said he has experienced in his environment the people who lost their lives because they were not allowed to go to hospital or clinic on time. He hoped that the public would be more considerate if they were allowed to know these facts.
45. Maj-Gen Zaw Min Tun said he would try to do so.
46. Dr Soe Myint Oo, editor-in-charge of the Myanmar Public Press New Agency, asked the Ministry of Education. He said under the previous government, there were differences of opinion in some cases due to various reasons. There are education staff who have been punished.
According to the anonymous complaint letter to the headmistress of Zeyawaddy High School, Daw Thida Mya Swe, 5,000 kyats was collected on the transfer certificate. There were investigations with different opinions and personal issues. However, the Ministry of Education disabled her, and no appeal could be lodged. The Union Supreme Court filed a suit against the Ministry of Education, and the headmistress won the case, and she was re-employed. Shortly afterwards, it was announced that only 25% of gratuity would be allowed to enjoy the removal. This is a situation that should not be allowed at all.
Like teacher Daw Thida Mya Swe, there are more than 80 other education staff. There is a real need for education staff. He said that he thinks some people will be able to return to work as they should be. He asked if it is possible to allow them to return to work as soon as possible.
47. A spokesperson from the Ministry of Education said the complaint is scrutinized, and the Direct Enquiry takes action if it is an anonymous complaint. These are carried out according to the meeting of the Administration Committee. Suppose the trial court fails to re-appoint as instructed by the Attorney-General’s Office. In that case, it will be re-examined by the next court and submitted to the MOEC. Therefore, he said, these were examined correctly. Sometimes, there may be some same circumstances that happened in the past and the facts included in the complaint, and he said it was presented at the Management Committee of the Ministry of Education.
48. Maj-Gen Zaw Min Tun further replied that if there is a victim according to the law, the victim can proceed to the end of the legal decision. If another case is filed after this case, the matter can be reported. He said he would like to advise the aggrieved party to continue to act in accordance with its rights.

49. U Khaing Htoo, a correspondent for General Life News Agency, said that the State Administration Council and officials are aware of the current situation of the banking industry. Currently, the withdrawal amount from ATMs and private banks is limited, affecting the financial operations of small and medium enterprises. When withdrawing money at ATMs, due to the senior/junior system, the people had to wait in queue for about two hours. After 15 people have withdrawn money, there is no money in the ATM, and they had to return without withdrawing. He asked how the government will do to normalize the financial system and make it more efficient.
50. Maj-Gen Zaw Min Tun said it is learned that the reopening of the banks has not yet exceeded 10% of the number of branches allowed by the Central Bank and the difficulties encountered in withdrawing money from ATMs. Some banks have made it possible to make payments through ATMs without having to go to the branches. However, there are still problems with queuing tokens when withdrawing money at banks. It is learned that there are restrictions on withdrawing money. This is not something that banks are doing, but because of difficulties in staffing. Some employees are participating in the CDM campaign. Employees of government ministries are in the CDM campaign to attack the government. But it is not a professional life. The practice of CDM by employees of private banks is, in fact, only the owners and chairpersons of private banks are affected. He said efforts are still being made to resolve these issues.
KAT 00615 scaledAs a practical procedure, they are calculating the number of bank-related staff in each central township or region. It is also figuring out which businesses will be replaced and how. Efforts are being made to close all the branches in one township and open a branch related to those banks in a safe place.
It is hoped that this will happen soon. He replied that it was certain that not all banks can be opened yet.
51. Voice of Myanmar (VOM) correspondent U Maung Maung Tun said the military had taken over power more than two months ago. Only Nay Pyi Taw can maintain the situation. Due to the situation, the State function is not fully operational yet. He asked when it would be fully functional.
52. Maj-Gen Zaw Min Tun said he assumes that the question is wrong. It is just an assumption that only Nay Pyi Taw is under control. He said he just meant the question is wrong and that he is not objecting. Riots break out mostly in Yangon, Mandalay and Monywa, and it can be seen on Facebook or on the news. He said he sees the people are gathered to take the photo. The situation of Yangon can be asked to the journalists come from Yangon. It is better to ask the difference between the situation of Yangon now and then. He said he could say the protests are decreasing, but terrorist attacks can happen, and he urged the public to be aware of those terrorist acts and to be careful.
53. U Maung Maung Tun, a correspondent for VOM, said that many working-class people are in trouble when it comes to banking. He asked how this will be resolved.
54. Maj-Gen Zaw Min Tun said the first step is to unite the banks to open, and the second is that if the Myanma Economic Bank can open, other banks can open their branches at the Myanma Economic Bank. He said it would be successful soon.
55. Correspondent for VOM U Maung Maung Tun asked whether the Chairman of the State Administration Council knows all the things happening on the ground. He said on the TV, the pagodas are bustling, and the programmes are repeated every day. Therefore, there is a slight difference between the ground situation and the broadcast situation. He asked if the Chairman knows about the situation.

56. Maj-Gen Zaw Min Tun said no leader knows 100% of the situation happening on the ground. He said he also does not know 100%, but he knows what he should know. However, he said, there are news agencies that are providing news to the leader of the country. In addition, there are many people who are eyes and ears of the Chairman, and he knows what he should know. He added no one could know 100% and the reason for the opening of hospitals and banks are to know that it is not true what some media shows in the news that trading, markets, hospitals and banks are shut down.
57. Correspondent of VOM U Maung Maung Tun asked if there was any news about the death of Central Bank Deputy Governor U Bo Bo Nge.
58. Maj-Gen Zaw Min Tun said he saw the news in the news media, and he doesn’t know who spread the rumour. He said U Bo Bo Nge is in good health in a meditation centre, not in jail. He said the State Administration Council had detained those who are supposed to be detained. Those who need to be inspected are being investigated. They will not be detained if they are not prosecuted. He said the Deputy Governor is detained and being investigated. He added the rumour is fake and that some stories are intentionally spread. For Example: When Ko Aung Thura from BBC was detained, a journalist spread the rumour of his death one or two days later, and there were inquires on the phone about that. He said there is a reason for spreading the rumour. When riots escalate, a celebrity or someone in the spotlight is pronounced dead, and riots erupt.
59. Correspondent of VOM U Maung Maung Tun asked if it is true that a helicopter was shot down in Wam Hai in Shan State.
60. Maj-Gen Zaw Min Tun said a helicopter was shot down yesterday in Wam Hai in Shan State. It was the State Administration Council’s peace delegation to meet the SSPP. He said the condition was good as the SSPP ambulance team was on the ground when the helicopter was lowered. As nobody knew about the peace delegation, the helicopter was shot when it flew lowered. They apologized for that, and peace talks were held, and it was also successful.

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