April 13, 2021
Chin News

President Thein Sein meets with Hakha Christian leaders

23 February 2015 — President Thein Sein held a meeting with leaders of the Hakha Christian Ministers’ Fellowship at the Union Guest House in Hakha in the evening on Friday.

HCMF Chairman Rev. Joel Nawl Cung Lian told the Hakha Post that the meeting had been organized at the request of the president and that he and seven other Christian pastors had attended.

In his address to the meeting, the president requested the pastors to ‘pray for peace, development, and an end to religious discrimination and conflict in the country’.

The Chin leaders raised questions including continued incidents of Christians in Chin State being ordered to work on Sundays without getting paid and to contribute donations to Buddhist monasteries.

In response, Thein Sein said that those activities had to be stopped as Sunday is a day for worship and rest, adding: “We shouldn’t let it happen.”

Chief Minister Hung Ngai defended the State authorities against the issues, explaining that they had happened only on occasions when there were special guests or urgent matters.

During the president’s first visit to Chin State in 2013, Chin Christian leader were disappointed over the meeting held on Sunday in Hakha.#

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