- State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Thanks to the public for coming to pay their respects, and in remembrance of the history of our country. Only by remembering the history of our country, can we learn lessons on what to do and what not in the future.
I don’t need to say whether to remember or forget. People will remember what they must not forget. If something ought to be forgotten, they will forget it. I have no right to say what to remember and what to forget. This is a personal decision of all. What we ought to note, what we ought to remember. It is the duty of each individual as a citizen to correctly decide what to forget and what to remember.
- Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker
U T Khun Myat
Whenever it is Martyrs’ Day, we remember and honour those who have given the ultimate price for our country’s independence. I always resolve to follow and carry on the process of the martyred leaders. New generation need to know how lives were sacrificed to retain the sovereignty of our country.
- Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than
Martyrs’ Day is a day when we honour those who gave their lives for our country. If we love and cherish the Martyrs, we need to listen to what they said and follow the process set by them. Only then can we love and cherish the Martyrs. Martyred leaders, led by Bogyoke Aung San, gave their lives for the good of the country. Future generations have a duty to fulfill their wishes by following the process set by them and listen to the Martyrs’ words to develop the country.
- Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing
I foresee all of us striving in unity toward the united, peaceful and developed country, envisioned and attempted by martyred leaders, led by Bogyoke Aung San. How will the new generations do to develop the country? How will they achieve peace and tranquility for the country? How will they make the country united? They will have to strive for this. They will have to do this thoughtfully. They should not do it on their own different ways. If there is unity, everything will progress. We need to look at other countries and think. Another thing is to have a united and fair mind. Without being fair and doing things as we want, it will be impossible. We need to gauge it this way.
- Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture
Thura U Aung Ko
Today is the 71st anniversary Martyrs’ Day. Ethnic nationals and the people are happy that this day is celebrated in such a way. Due to the selfless acts and sacrifice of the martyred leaders, independence was gained after a hundred years of being a colony. We stand proudly in the world as an independent sovereign country. We owe a lot to them. But during the 71- year period, there were times when facts about the martyrs were dimmed. It reached a stage where the new generation could have forgotten about Martyrs’ Day and the martyred leaders. When a new democratic government came into being in 2010, the day was held as a union-level event and biographies of the martyrs resurfaced.
Biographies about the leader of the martyrs, national leader Bogyoke Aung San, started to be written after independence, around 1950-51. It stopped in 1958 and was not permitted to be published. Throughout 1958, 1960 and 1962, and after 1988, permission to publish it was not granted. The work of writing a biography of Bogyoke was also stopped halfway and forgotten. On the second term of a democratic government, I took upon the duty as Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture as well as chairman of the Myanmar Historical Commission. The Myanmar Historical Commission was reformed as necessary. After it was reformed, historians said there is a biography of Bogyoke that was partially done and forgotten. So it was written for completion and is almost 100 per cent completed. It has been submitted to the leader of the country, the State Counsellor. After some required editing, it is ready for publishing. It is written from historical, political, military and social angles. I’d like to say that this is ready. The biography of Bogyoke does not only represent Bogyoke Aung San, but represents all the martyred leaders who sacrificed their lives for the country. On the other hand, since 2012, a biographical movie about Bogyoke Aung San was being prepared. After five years, this was suspended due to many reasons. As I was assigned to start this after taking up the duty of the Bogyoke Aung San biography movie work committee chairman, we are conducting the necessary preparations. Five meetings have already been held. Donations totalling more than Ks1.2 billion was also received. If required, more donations will be collected. Director Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi will submit the script in the sixth meeting scheduled for the end of July. After the script is submitted, the work of making the movie can be started.
Actors like Ko Kyaw Kyaw Myo and Sayamalay were accommodated in national theatre, and necessary trainings and teachings are given.
The making of the movie is expected to start soon, by the end of July or early August. Evidence and historical facts for the biography were obtained by contacting relevant defence, home and information ministries. The history of Bogyoke is the history of the Tatmadaw. Bogyoke’s history is the country’s history. It is an important work, and I’m honoured and happy to take up this duty.
Talking about Martyrs’ Day, essay writing and painting competitions related to Martyrs’ Day were being widely conducted again throughout the country. The National Museum (Yangon/Nay Pyi Taw) is also displaying grandly about Martyrs’ Day. Arrangements are being made for students to visit the museums. In other words, the ministry is striving towards making the new generation know of the efforts of the martyrs to gain the country’s independence.