Hakha meeting with Union Ministers unsatisfactory
23 September 2013: Chin leaders who attended the meeting with two Union Ministers from the President’s Office, U Soe Thein and U Tin Naing Thein, said of their disappointment over the allotment of time for discussions.
They said representatives and community chairmen from eight of the nine townships in Chin State were given only about three minutes to raise their concerned issues during the meeting.
One of the leaders said: “Union Minister U So Thein interrupts while we are speaking and says it’s enough. He keeps saying he has already known what we are trying to say before we even finish.”
“We are so disappointed. The ministers say they come here because they want to hear our voices. But we are not allowed to say what we want. What is the point of their coming to us?” complained the Chin attendee.
The meeting took place from 8:30am to 12:30pm today with township administrators and community-based committee chairmen from eight townships, apart from Paletwa in southern Chin State.
Union Minister U Tin Naing Thein spent about 45 minutes presenting the government’s polices and plans on town and rural development, which was followed by brief reports by township administrators on the progress of development in certain sectors across Chin State such as health, education, transportation and agriculture.
The two ministers, who were making a trip to Chin State as their last leg after having visited six other States in Burma, arrived in the Chin capital in the evening on Sunday and left for Nay Pyi Taw early afternoon today.#