FacebookInstagramTwitterContact

 

Generasi muda perlu berani terajui pembangunan           >>           Pengukuhan 'Maqasid Syar'iah' pemangkin kejayaan negara           >>           Berangkat ke Majlis Kesyukuran Ulang Tahun HK Ke-34           >>           Rumah Terbuka eratkan hubungan           >>           Rakyat Daerah Temburong panjatkan Doa Kesyukuran           >>           Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory Saved From Uncertain Fate           >>           23 Attorneys General Refile Challenge To FCC Net Neutrality Repeal           >>           Robinhood's Commission-Free Cryptocurrency Trading Is Live           >>           Organic Family Farm Ruined By Herbicide Drift: A Case Study (And Warning For Humanity)           >>           Castor Oil Is Great For Thickening And Regrowing Hair, Eyelashes And Eyebrows           >>          

 

SHARE THIS ARTICLE




REACH US


GENERAL INQUIRY

[email protected]

 

ADVERTISING

[email protected]

 

PRESS RELEASE

[email protected]

 

HOTLINE

+673 222-0178 [Office Hour]

+673 223-6740 [Fax]

 



Upcoming Events


Brunei Gastronomy Week
February 23rd, 2018 | 08:00 AM


Negara Brunei Darussalam 34th National Day
February 23rd, 2018 | 10:00 AM





Prayer Times


The prayer times for Brunei-Muara and Temburong districts. For Tutong add 1 minute and for Belait add 3 minutes.


Imsak

: 05:06AM

Subuh

: 05:16AM

Syuruk

: 06:34AM

Doha

: 06:57AM

Zohor

: 12:35PM

Asar

: 03:53PM

Maghrib

: 06:34PM

Isyak

: 07:44PM

 



The Business Directory


 

 



Myanmar


  Home > Myanmar


President Criticized For Honoring Govt Soldiers Amid Ongoing Conflict


President U HtinKyaw, center, poses for a photo with Burma Army recipients of bravery awards on Jan. 4, 2017, and relatives of deceased recipients collecting the awards on their behalf. / Myanmar President Office / Facebook

 


 January 6th, 2017  |  10:11 AM  |   1197 views

RANGOON

 

President U HtinKyaw faced criticism after presenting awards for bravery to members of Burma’s military on Jan. 4, which marked the 69th anniversary of the country’s independence from Britain.

 

In total, the President awarded the honorific titles of “ThihaThura” and “Thura” to 15 soldiers in the ceremony in Naypyidaw, which is an annual event. In total, 400 soldiers received various recognitions from the state.

 

The state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported that in President U HtinKyaw’s speech he said that in building “a peaceful and modern federal democratic Union, it is a great virtue to honor those who are well worth honoring for their extraordinary contribution, remarkably more than others, for the security of the nation, rule of law, peace and stability of the area and nation-building sector.”

 

However, critics expressed concern that such a statement made during an ongoing government peace process with ethnic armed organizations could lead to misunderstandings.

 

“It seems that by giving an award for being a hero to someone who the other side recognizes as the enemy, it could create bitterness. […] This is a time to be sensitive,” said AungMyo Min, human rights activist and director of Equality Myanmar.

 

In the past, ex-President U TheinSein allocated the awards, but witnessing U HtinKyaw in this role, President of the democratically elected National League for Democracy government, was unsettling to some.

 

“It is not suitable to give award to thearmy for fighting with the ethnic people while the government is engaging in the peace process with ethnic armed forces,” said MaungMaungSoe, an ethnic affairs analyst.“This problem will continue to exist unless the Constitution is amended,” he added, pointing out that neither the President nor the Parliament had the power to stop the Burma Army from fighting.

 

Vice chairman of the ethnic armed alliance the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC)Nai Hong Sar said that he feared fighting would intensify following the recognition given to the Tatmadaw.

 

“They intend to boost morale for their army,” he said, when asked about the military awards presented by President U HtinKyaw. “This will not lead us to have peace—it will lead to more fighting. To us, it looks like they want to create a bigger conflict. They came to fight our ethnic people; we were not the people who made the problems.”

 

Despite political reforms and peace talks, fighting continued throughout 2016 with Kachin, Shan, Ta’ang, Arakanese and Kokang ethnic armed organizations. This was not mentioned in the year’s report from the Ministry of Defense.

 


 

Source:
courtesy of THE IRRAWADDY

by LAWI WENG

 

If you have any stories or news that you would like to share with the global online community, please feel free to share it with us by contacting us directly at [email protected]

 

Related News


Surprise Reunion For Teacher Turned Into Viral Video

 2018-02-23 10:08:35

Kim Jong-Nam Murder: Suspects 'Were Paid For TV Pranks'

 2018-02-23 10:16:06

Funds Clash Over Which Way the Australian Dollar Is Headed

 2018-02-23 10:53:26