State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi left Yangon for Kawhmu by car yesterday morning and met with region, District and township level departmental officials at the Township General Administration Department office.
Present at the meeting were Peace Commission Chairman Dr. Tin Myo Win, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Deputy Minister U Min Thu from the Office of the President, Yangon Region Ministers, Chief of Myanmar Police Force Police Lt-Gen Aung Win Oo, along with region, district and township level departmental officials.
In her opening address, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said the roles of Hluttaw representatives and administrative sectors are not the same, though they need to work together. Hluttaw representatives are the bridge connecting the administration and the public. There will be opportunities to do good things, but if responsibility is not taken it will affect the administration. The administrative sector will not fully know the situation and views of the people if the Hluttaw representatives do not relay them to the administrative sector. It is important to have mutual respect, understanding and the assuming of responsibilities. At the same time, despite the submission of the Hluttaw representatives, there will be problems if the administrative sector does not carry out the necessary implementation. Cooperation is important, she stressed. In her meetings with people throughout the country, residents asked for sufficient supplies of water, as well as for proper roads. Without all-season-roads, communities will suffer in many areas, including education, the local economy and health care.
Roads in Kawhmu were found to be properly maintained. A standard was set and systematic inspections were conducted. On electrification, not all requests were fulfilled, but road links have been improved. Officials were able to fulfill the request of the people from Kawhmu for water supplies and road links, and said they would like to know what has been done on electrification and education, according to the State Counsellor.
The township Education Department needs to evaluate and improve the passing rate of those taking matriculation examinations. The education system needs to be reformed, and cease relying upon (private) tuition and guide systems to assure complete education is offered in the classroom. Parents relying on tuition and guides are not a good indication for improving the education system. All need to work together to change this. Peoples’ help is required in enabling teachers to live with dignity.
In the health sector, the nutritional levels of children in Kawhmu as well as in the entire country is not satisfactory. Body growth is still at a minimum. Symptoms of nutritional deficiencies can be seen in children, upon reaching two years in age. Although there is no damage to their intelligence, it was seen to affect their body growth. Studies need to be conducted on local food products that can provide sufficient nutrition for children.
The government has placed special importance on being an honest, dutiful and responsible government. A dutiful and responsible government need not only be honest, but must be free from suspicion from the people.
In the government, there are fewer than 30 ministers. But at the grassroots level, there are many administrative personnel who are in contact with the people. Only when the administrative personnel are honest and the public has no suspicion of corruption, can the country be a dignified and developed country. It is easy to take action against the members of the government, but difficult to do so against the many grassroot level administrators and personnel. As such, they need to maintain personal control of themselves.
“I don’t believe ‘piti’ (bliss, delight, elation) is a sufficient substitute for a full stomach. Public servants are to be provided with sufficient salaries and provisions. Even if it could not be done in a short time, this will be fulfilled step by step. I can promise one thing to the people of Kawhmu, if public servants do things for the betterment of the people, our country will develop quickly. Also, the lives of public servants will be better if the country develops, so all are urged to cooperate and work together” said the State Counsellor.
Next, Kawhmu Township administrator U Zeya Myat Thu explained about the township government operations.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi coordinated the meeting and delivered a closing speech. Earlier in the morning, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and party visited a monastic education school and youth development center in Aungzabu Pariyatti Monastery, Sinchan Village, Kawhmu Township, and paid homage, provided donations and took Five Precepts from Sayadaw Maha Saddhama Jotika Daja Bhaddanta Kaytumala, and shared merits for donations made. Afterwards, the State Counsellor enquired about the teachers of the monastic education school, asking about the teaching situation and offered some advice.
From there the State Counsellor went to HCTA (Hospitality and Catering Training Academy) in Magyikan Village, established by the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, where she inspected the training classes and organic crops planted in the school compound. She also met with the trainees and provided advice and guidance.
The school was opened on 25 October 2014, and provides training in hospitality and catering for youths seeking to create job opportunities.
In the afternoon, she went to Patope Basic Education Post Primary School in Kawhmu and met with students reading books from the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation mobile library, as well as the local residents.
Later, the State Counsellor continued to Kawhmu Township, Magyikan Village and inspected the organic rice planted by the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation on 4.98 acres of farmland. She returned to Yangon later in the afternoon.—Myanmar News Agency