Shan-ni Solidarity Party (SSP) Central Committee General Secretary U Sai Naing Naing Kyaw presented party’s policy, stance and work programmes through radio and TV on 6 October.
I would like to first pray for the esteemed people, Shan-ni races, and national brethren to be free from the COVID-19 pandemic and secure peaceful social lives.
I am U Sai Naing Naing Kyaw, General Secretary of Shan-ni Solidarity Party (SSP) Central Committee.
We, Shan-ni (Tai Leng) and northern Shan races have settled in Myanmar since many centuries ago. Our ancestors established new settlements for their livings. Language, literature, customs and administration of Shan-ni people have well-developed since that time. Shan-ni (Tai Leng) and northern Shan races are living in Kalay, Tamu, Mawlaik, Phaungpyin, Homalin, Khamti, Nanyun, Katha, Htigyaing, Indaw, Wuntho, Kawlin, Pinlebu and Bamauk townships of northern Sagaing Region; Mohnyin, Moegaung, Phakant, Waimaw, Myitkyina, Tanai, Bamaw, Shwegu, Moemauk and Mengzi townships in Kachin State; Moemauk and Mabein townships in northern Shan State.
Under the leadership of Wuntho Sawbwa U Aung Myat, Shan-ni people fought against colonies. Shan-ni ethnic people have received over 70 honorary awards for the anti-colonial and anti-fascist movements regardless of our blood and sweat.
During the early years after independence and the rebellion of multi-coloured insurgents, northern Shan races, including Shan-ni people, did not take part in the uprising against the government.
Although Shan-ni people retained our loyalty towards the Union, we have not thoroughly enjoyed the equal political rights like other ethnic people.
Our party will try for the rights of Shan-ni people to achieve self-administration and to officially mention the real name of our ethnic race in the national scrutiny card as best as possible. We just need an opportunity to call for this to the government. Therefore, it is urged for cooperation with us by voting for us.
I will present the history, the policy and the work programmes of our party in line with the duties assigned by our party.
Although Shan-ni people historically lived in an undivided area, it was split and put into Kachin State and Sagaing Region by the decision of the parliament in 1948. Due to the various administration systems of successive governments in our region, we lost our livings in unity and cooperation among ethnic races due to the divided rules.
The armed conflicts have broken out since late 1960, and difficult transport links have separated the close relations among each other. We also lost ethnic rights, political rights and opportunities for self-governance for the Shan-ni and northern Shan races.
As a result, our people have suffered low situations in many sectors such as political, social, education, health, transport, economy, peace and stability of the region and ethnic rights. Our Shan-ni people are still facing lesser development, fear, insecurity, poverty, lack of knowledge and poor health conditions.
In brief, our SSP party was established to help our people liberate from these situations and cut the circle of dire circumstances.
I will explain the objectives, policies and the work programmes of our party.
1. Establishment of a democratic state by the federal Union system that can guarantee the fundamental rights of national people;
2. Participating in peace, development and stability of the country;
3. Cooperation in the interest of respective areas in co-existence with local ethnic people and implementation of national objectives;
4. Unveiling national characteristics of ethnic people on the verge of extinction and conserving cultural heritage, literature, culture and custom;
5. Recreating national unity with the reconciliation of our ethnic people under different names and at other regions;
6. Working for the national interests of Shan-ni and northern Shan national races concerning changing the political situation of the country;
7. Protection in political means from oppression, taking extortion money, illegal recruitment for forces and abuses resulted from the lack of peace and stability.
1. Believing that a nation with peace and development, justice and equality could be established only after the Democratic Federal Union;
2. Aiming for peace, stability and the rule of law in respective areas or the whole country;
3. Intending to regional and national interests standing on the principles of peaceful co-existence with one another, trust, equality and justice among national ethnics in the whole country or the respective regions;
4. Ensuring a leading party with genuine volition for the ethnic affairs and conserve ethnic (minority) races;
5. Joining hands with ethnic parties, civil society organizations and groups of ethnic literature and culture in different regions for the welfare of Shan-ni and Shan races;
6. Cooperation with any political party and individuals in line with the party policies;
7. Accepting any person with any race and religion background to work for the affairs of Shan-ni and northern Shan state;
8. Exercising political alliance.
Armed conflicts are still breaking out in the areas of Shan-ni (Tai Leng), and that we cannot expect freedom, justice and equality for our national races and local people. At the same time, we have fewer opportunities in implementing development programmes in businesses, trade, agriculture, exploration of natural resources, border trade and tourism sector for regional and national benefits. Moreover, we could not improve infrastructural sectors such as the construction of road networks, schools, hospitals and dispensaries, electrification and industries. For the development of these sectors, our party takes priority in the peace-making process for ensuring the stability of the region and ceasefire.
Therefore, the SSP party has adopted four national political plans.
The first plan emphasizes that peace is essential for social development of every Shan-ni people and co-existing ethnic persons and regional development. Therefore, our party will participate in peace-making efforts.
The second plan is to implement national political processes through high-level political culture discussions from ceasefire to the political dialogue.
The third plan is to carry out national interests for economic development in hotels and tourism sectors, conservation of forest and natural resources, livestock and trade; for the social development in education and health sectors.
The fourth plan is to work together with other political forces for the Union-level processes in the establishment of a federal democracy Union, the emergence of a strong Constitution beneficial to the entire people, the emergence of a clean government and reliable judicial system.
The speech is concluded with the pledges to work for developments in township level, regional level and Union level depending on the existing local situations if Shan-ni ethnic people and the co-existing national races. Thank you.