The Chairman of Major Chin Political Party Passed Away
Salai Ram Ling Hmung, the chairman of the Chin National League for Democracy (CNLD), the party winning three parliamentary seats during the 1990 general election, was passed away on December 18, 2005 at
Insein Hospital. Committed his life-long services to serving his people and nation through his political leadership, Salai Ram Ling Hmung also served as the presidium board member of the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA), the political alliance composed of non-Burman ethnic political parties operating inside Burma.
With a heavy hearts, the Chin people across the globe mourned the untimely demise of Salai Ram Ling Hmung, who was highly regarded as one of the top and leading national political figures among the Chins. His premature departure was a great loss for the entire pro-democratic forces of Burma.
Salai Ram Ling Hmung was born on April 7, 1957 in Falam, Chin State, to the parents of Pu Sai Al and Pi Sung Sai. He was the eldest of his eight siblings.
After he graduated from Rangoon University with B.A in philosophy, Salai Hmung pursued his further studies in theology at the Burma Institute of Theology, where he finished his B.D degree in 1988.
Following his graduations, Salai Hmung actively took part in the pro-democracy movements with determined objectives to establish federalism under democracy in the Union of Burma. With view of bringing down the military regime from illegal power and restoring the rule of law in line with a democratic frameworks, he participated in the 1990 general election by taking the chairmanship role of the Chin National League for Democracy, in which he served till his last breath.
From his high school life itself, Salai Hmung’ passion for politics and his sense of patriotism was quite apparent amongst his peers, which was proven with his lifelong commitments to social justice, rule of law, human rights, the right of equality that are rooted in a democractic values. “Whenever we get together outside our classes, Salai Hmung always asked us to practice how to present our political views and give political related speeches . He repeatedly reminded us by saying that we would one day stand to defend our Chinland and confront our enemies”, recalled Pu Than Kil, a current Vice-president of Manitoba Chin Christian Fellowship (Canada), who was a high school friend of Salai Ram Ling Hmung.
During his lifetimes, Salai Hmung earned great respects and resounding appreciations for his philosophical thinking as a creative and critical thinker, his unwavering advocacy works as tireless campaigner for democracy and human rights, and his skills of writing through his prolific writings and opinion pieces as an excellent writer.
Beside his political activisms, Salai Hmung worked in number of different public careers including his roles as general secretary of Mayan Chaung Baptist leprosy Mission, founding member and chief editor of the “Myatpale” (The Pearl) Christian Magazine for three years, and secretary of Burmese Teachers Association for two years.
Salai Hmung left behind his wife, Mai Ling Za Lam and three children, Salai Bawi Aung Thang (aka) Thang Pi, who is currently working as office assistant at United Nationalities League for Democracy (Liberated Area) UNLD/ LA, Salai Yang Ling Mang (Rangoon University) and Mai Gracy Van Nei Kim.
By Salai Za Ceu Lian
December 20, 2005