State Administration Council Chairman Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing addresses meeting 11/2021 of State Administration Council

Nay Pyi Taw May 24

The State Administration Councilheld the 11/2021 meeting at the meeting hall of the Council Chairman’s Office in Nay Pyi Taw this afternoon, with an address by Chairman of the State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

The meeting was attended by Vice Chairman of the Council Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior GeneralSoe Win, Council members General Mya Tun Oo, Admiral Tin Aung San, Lt-Gen Moe Myint Tun, Mahn Nyein Maung, U Thein Nyunt, U Khin Maung Swe, Daw Aye Nu Sein, Jeng Phang Naw Taung, U Moung Har, U Sai Lone Hsai, Saw Daniel, Dr Banyar Aung Moe and U Shwe Kyein, Secretary Lt-Gen Aung Lin Dway and Joint Secretary Lt-Gen Ye Win Oo.

In the opening address, the Senior General said political protests were staged after the Tatmadaw had taken the State power. Although the situation of taking over the State responsiblities has been explained for many times, some people understood it but some so didn’t.

Now, sabortages are committed via insurgents. They attend the explosive and sabortage courses in the area of armed insurgents. They formed CRPH, NUG and PDF declared as unlawful associations to commit terrorist acts on the destruction route. Myanmar Police Force and administrative bodies are to join hands for taking security measures through public security system. Since walking on the path to the multi-party democracy in 2011, the country has not been restoring the cent per cent peace in the democratization.

Hence, the invitation was extended to hold dialogues on peace in 2011 and the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement-NCA was signed in 2015. Before signing the NCA, gentlemen agreements were taken from ethnic armed organizations.

The Tatmadaw took the responsibilities in accord with the constitution without revocation of the Constitution (2008). In 1958, Caretaker Government did not revoke the parliamentary democracy and took the State responsibilities with amendments of the constitution and then handed over the State duty to the elected Pha-Sa-Pa-La government.

In its tenure, the Caretaker Government held the fair electionin accord with its promise and handed over the State power. In 1962 when the RevolutionaryCouncil took the State responsibilities, the Tatmadaw revoked the constitution and exercised legislative, judicial and executive powers under the centralization system. In 1974, the government of the Myanmar Socialist Programme Partytook the State responsibilities based on socialism in accord with the 1974 constitution. According to the demands of multi-party democractic system in 1988, the State administration machinery deteriorated, and the Tatmadaw took the State responsibilities.

The Tatmadaw is taking State responsibilities just by controlling the country, not by seizing power. The aim is to guarantee democratic system. The country has over 90 political parties. Other countries have not many parties. Party formation depends on politics, region or ethnicity. Doing politics requires unity, not ideological differences. Without unity, there will be difficulties withthe task of ensuring peace and stability. To ensure State peace and stability, political activists and media need to avoid fake news and instigations.

To ensure peace and stabilityin terms of security, it is necessary to end ethnic armed conflicts, so the peace process is continuing. The council must try to ensureState peace and tranquility andabundant food and revive the economy.

About 70 percent of the country’s population live in rural areas, their major businesses based on agriculture and livestock breeding cannot be sidelined. In reducing the rich-poor gap in regions and states, states are being prioritized. Myanmar’s major agricultural items are rice, beans and oil crops. Agricultural and livestock breeding tasks suitable to respective regions must be carried out. Besides, encouragement is required to resume the inoperative domestic goods factories. It is also necessary to encourage cotton cultivation andproduction for raw materials. Coastal regions need to grow coconuts and manufacture coconut products for export purposes. The improvement of national income must always be considered.

Hydropower generation, one of renewable energy sources, is necessary for enough electricity with emphasis on environmental conservation. Effective use of water resources for adequate electricity will help improve national economy. Likewise, agricultural undertakings must improve through river water pumping. “As unity is strength”, the requirements of the country can be fulfilled through united cooperation between government, parties and people, the Senior General said.

Then, members of the SAC U Thein Nyunt, Mahn Nyein Maung, U Khin Maung Swe, Jeng Phang Naw Taung, Daw Aye Nu Sein, U Moung Har, U Sai Lone Hsai, Saw Daniel, Dr Banyar Aung Moe and U Shwe Kyein reported on taking effective security measures when basic education schools are reopened, declaring martial law in some townships, exposing and taking action against those who have accumulated large amounts of cash with unscrupulous aims, making rapid media responses, mobilizing the public for public security, exposing and taking action against those who are hampering the banking system and cash flow, taking measures for the security of chairmen and members of ward/ village councils and their families, organizing workshops consistently in respective departments to enhance human resources development, developing and implementing a project to supply sufficient water to Rakhine State, developing highland farms in mountainous regions, recruiting new staff for vacancies in departments, to regulate the illegal gold-mining activities in Mabein Township in Momeik District in Shan State (North) and drilling tubewells in villages which face water shortages.

After hearing the reports, the Senior General said that measures are being taken to convince the public of the banking system and cash flow while the taxation system of the state is being implemented in accordance with the law. Security will be provided for chairmen of ward/village councils and workshops will be organized at ministries for human resources development. Scrutiny will be made to impose martial law in some townships. The government is taking steps for rapid media response by taking everything into consideration. Relevant ministries are required to monitor the activities of NGOs and INGOs in the country. To fill the vacancies in ministries, it is necessary to take measures in accordance with laws, by-laws and rules and regulation for government employees and plans are underway to fulfill the needs of respective regions and states.

In accordance with the motto “National discipline starts from schools,” it is important for schools to develop national discipline and students are required to abide by school disciplines. Students should place emphasis on education. One must do what one should in their position. For the rule of law, it is important for the public to understand the law. Therefore, law is taught at universities and colleges. Under democratic system, the rule of law cannot be maintained without respect for law and it is impossible to establish a free and fair democratic system. It is necessary to nurturea large number of educated people and to launch awareness-raising campaigns for the prevalence of the rule of law in the country. As it is important for the public to be educated, emphasis should be put on education. Only when every citizen possesses a spirit to make the country better, will the country be able to enjoy progress and prosperity and to instill the public with the spirit to make the country better, it is important to lay a sound foundation in education. In conclusion the Senior General urged the members to give advice for respective states and regions at a time while efforts are being made to produce abundant food supplies to improve the economic and living conditions of the public.