Residents in Maungtaw urged to restrain, not to believe false information

Union ministers meeting officials and local people.
Union ministers meeting officials and local people.

A governmental mission comprising Union ministers met with residents and departmental staff in Maungtaw yesterday, calling for not believing false information and for exercising restraint at a time when the state is facing instability.
At the meeting, local people pointed out the weakness of the rule of law in Maungtaw, urging the authorities to assist the local ethnic people in their livelihood and security.
They also urged the government to take severe action when they scrutinize the citizenship issue in accordance with the 1982 Citizenship Law and to enforce the monogamy law to be able to control the population in the area for the sake of the development.
Commander Maj-Gen Maung Maung Soe said that the forces of the Tatmadaw are providing security to the local people, pledging that it would provide food to the people.
In response to the question on organizing militia in villages, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe said that he would submit the idea to the policy makers.
Rakhine State Security and Border Affairs Minister Col Htein Lin expressed thanks to the people for their cooperation in dealing with the current crisis, assuring that teachers and health staff in far-flung areas are in safe condition and they would be brought back to Maungtaw when the weather is fine.
The authorities have already collected a total of 285 teachers from villages in Maungtaw and another 104 teachers have returned home, he added.
Rakhine State Social Affairs Minister Dr Chan Tha said that authorities will distribute rice and edible oil to 35 villages in Maungtaw Township and will provide cash assistance to families of nine policemen who fell in fighting with armed attackers and to the injured.

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