State Counsellor, addresses 69th Anniversary of Chin National Day Ceremony

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi presents honorary prize to a China ethnic woman at 69th Anniversary of Chin National Day. Photo: MNA

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi gave a speech at the 69th Anniversary of Chin National Ceremony held at the Myanmar International Convention Centre 2 in Nay Pyi Taw at 6 pm yesterday.
At the ceremony, U Sein Aung, Hluttaw representative of Paletwa constituency read out the Message of Greetings on the 69th Anniversary of Chin National Day Ceremony sent by the President, followed by reading a brief history of the origin of Chin National Day.
In her speech, State Counsellor said that she had attended the Chin National Days for consecutive years since 2012 after she became a member of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw except one time when she was not in Nay Pyi Taw. She said she was very pleased and honoured to have an opportunity to attend the Chin National Days. Much had been heard about the beauty of Chin State, hospitality of Chin nationals, and many other pleasant things. Especially, she had heard that Chin nationals laid stress on education and Union Spirit. She took pleasure and honour in presenting awards of honour to outstanding Chin youths whenever she was present at the ceremonies. She has heard that activities for the emergence of the Chin National Day and for all Chin nationals to get education had been launched since 1912 with strong spirit. Chin nationals asked for help on education when she visited Chin State in 2013-2014, when asked of what they needed. Daw Khin Kyi Foundation that State Counsellor herself had setup, had provided assistance as much as it could, in Chin State.
She expressed that she was very pleased to have seen children sitting in the first row in making a speech at the ceremony in 2001, when she arrived there for the first time. Chin children are eager to know like adults.  The adults willingly accepted the fact that the children were in the front rows. She emphatically stressed the need for all nationals to be broad-minded for the prosperity and development of the nation. Being equipped with education is the basis of being broadminded. Here education is not academic schooling, just judgement and reasonability based on eagerness to know about the world we live, so that we can build a genuine and strengthened Union. Chin nationals fought for the Independence without discrimination between Chin and Myanmar. Chin Nationals took part in the First Panglong Conference in 1947. Now at the time when 2nd Panglong Conference is being implemented, Chin nationals helped actively for gaining internal peace. She said that she was very happy for the fact that national level political dialogues will be held in Chin States very soon.
Only the Union spirit can guarantee the future of the country, said the State Counsellor, adding that no laws nor political system could guarantee the future of  the country.
She also expressed thanks to Chin ethnic people for their contribution to the upcoming Panglong Conference which originated from the first Panglong Conference in 1947.
Following the address, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice President U Henry Van Thio and Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw U Win Myint presented honorary prizes to outstanding Chin sports men and women who took part in the national-level sports competitions in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
The State Counsellor also presented honorary prizes to Chin ethnic men and women who achieved PhD degrees in the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
Following the presentation, Chin dancers performed the Chin traditional dance.
Among the congregation were Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw Mahn Win Khaing Than, Deputy Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw U Ti Khun Myat, Deputy Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw U Aye Thar Aung, Chairman of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Legal Affairs  and Special Cases Assessment Commission Thura U Shwe Mann and wife, Union ministers and MPs.—Myanmar News Agency

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