Two union ministers visit Chin State after Suu Kyi
28 January 2014: U Khin Yi, Minister of Immigration and Population, and U Win Myint, Minister of Commerce, last week travelled to Chin State nearly two weeks after a visit by Aung San Suu Kyi.
The two ministers held meetings with ministers and officials from the Chin State government, leaders and representatives of Chin communities and civil organizations, and members of the Chin National Front in Hakha.
U Khin Yi focused his talks on the importance of participating in the upcoming nationwide census scheduled for late March this year while U Win Myint stressed economic opportunities and plans to help improve the country’s least developed state.
Despite promises given during their short stays, their unannounced separate visits have been seen as a move to distract the attention of Chin locals from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s recent trips.
U Khin Yi, who also visited Thantlang, another town about 20 miles from Hakha, said in response to questions asked by the locals that he would provide financial assistance for construction of roads, bridges and economic infrastructure.
One of the meeting participants from Hakha said: “Promises must be judged and measured by practical outcomes. We must not be happy just with their words. The reality must be proved by action.”
Some expressed their disappointment as U Win Myint didn’t say anything about the controversial list of 53 tribal names under the Chin ethnicity prepared by the Ministry of Immigration and Population.
The Chin National Action Committee on Census 2014 had indicated that there has been confusion over the names listed and urged that ‘Chin’ should be put as a national name for ethnicity rather than tribal names.
U Khin Yi, retired Brigadier General and former Chief of the Burma Police Force, and U Win Myint, former chairman of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, were making their first trips as Union ministers to Chin State.#