President U Win Myint: Rare opportunity to transform from old to new system being realized

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President U Win Myint, accompanied by Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Dr. Aung Thu, U Thein Swe and officials, left Nay Pyi Taw by air and was welcomed upon arrival at Shan State (south) Heho airport by Shan State Chief Minister Dr. Linn Htut, Shan State Hluttaw Speaker U Sai Long Hseng, Kayah Sate Hluttaw Speaker U Hla Htwe, High Court of Kayah State Chief Judge U Kywe Kywe, state ministers, Hluttaw representatives, dance troupes and officials yesterday morning.

After a brief stop at Taunggyi Hotel, President U Win Myint attended a meeting with officials from the state government, state high court, members of Self-Administered Division and Zone, state Hluttaw and state/district/township departmental officials at the Shan State government office meeting hall. At the meeting, the President said the visit was conducted to realistically understand the reform work conducted and progress achieved by the government and to increase the momentum of the reform work.

A rare opportunity to change and transform from an old to a new system is being realized. Only when relevant and responsible officials transform, can the transformation succeed. Officials from departmental organizations are the ones who are implementing the transformation. Public servants enjoy the salary and benefits provided by the State. They have their rights and responsibilities. They are to properly enjoy the benefits, while performing the duties assigned for the public. They are to follow the policies set by the government. These policies are being implemented by departmental officials and officials in the administrative, judicial and legislative sectors. All should know and see that they are at their assigned posts to serve the public and not to misuse their rights. They are to serve the people, be loyal to the State and follow the laws, rules, procedures and instructions. At the same time, they will have to follow the rules and regulations of their respective entities. Care must be taken so that whatever they do benefit the State and the people. Care must also be taken so that State funds are not wasted or lost. It should also be noted that there should be no misuse of State property. They must be people- centered and orient themselves towards the public interest. They should not be part of a machine that oppresses and harms the people.

They are to respect and value the people and conduct with fairness and according to law. They should be fair in the political, economic and social domains, as well as having equal opportunities and having equality in the face of law.

In the judicial sector, every matter is being conducted under the management of Union Chief Justice down to all levels of judges. The judicial sector should be free from corruption. Only when it is free from corruption and bias, can there be rule of law and equality in the face of law. All need to work and control together to reach this stage. If relevant departmental organizations did not participate in the reform, the reform will be stalled. If reform-minded people are afraid to reform, there wouldn’t be development. In the changing world, if changes are not implemented accordingly, the reform goal would not be reached. Our ability to reform must be reviewed. In creating our country’s future, reform must not be sluggish. Depending upon the budget of the State, salaries of the public servants were being increased. All need to participate with a will to reform.

Public servants are to perform their assigned duties. Conducting their assigned duties raise their dignity. Opportunities wait for dutiful public servants. Instead of asking the State for what the State can do for them, they should ask what they can do for the State. All are urged to explain the true situation of their region openly and transparently, said the President.

Next, State Chief Minister Dr. Lin Htut, State Hluttaw Speaker U Sai Long Hseng and State Chief Judge U Kywe Kywe explained about regional development work conducted by the Shan State government, Hluttaw affairs work and judicial work respectively.

In his concluding remarks, the President said eradication and elimination of drugs is being conducted as a national duty, while attempts are being made to effectively eliminate corruption. Policies were being established on how to release confiscated lands. These policies are to be followed and implemented. Fairness is the basis to strengthen a society. Achieving fairness is establishing a democratic country. Tenders are to be called according to tender rules.

People and the country should be served for the benefit of the majority and the country and must not be for self-interest. All of us are responsible to be fair. Only when fairness is implemented can there be unity, peace and development in the country. If a federal democracy union is to be established, all have to give the light of federal democracy in their assigned sectors. Only then can the light of the country shine brightly, and the country develop. Those who are responsible for the development of the country must strive towards proving themselves, said the President.

Afterwards, the President and party arrived at the construction site of the Taunggyi women and children four-storey hospital where Department of Buildings Deputy Director General (Construction) U Myint Zaw explained about the hospital construction project and work completed in the briefing hall.

Permanent Secretary Prof. Dr. Thet Khaing Win and State Department of Road Director (Civil) U Kyaw Thiha also provided additional explanation about the hospital construction project.

Responding to the explanations made, the President remarked on working without causing wastage to public funds, conduct work according to financial regulations and rules, coordinate more with the Ministry of Health and Sports, complete work within the set time frame and conduct quality assurance of the building transparently with foreign experts.

From there, the President and party went to inspect cancer radiation treatment ward in the 500-bed Sao San Tun Hospital, Taunggyi, and provided cash support to patients taking treatment.

The President then met with hospital staff in the meeting hall of the hospital. During the meeting Sao San Tun Hospital superintendent Dr. Aung Ngwe San explained about the hospital and treatments provided. Pyaewa Khaing Mar Company engineer U Myo Min Tun explained about constructing a five-storey patient ward.

President U Win Myint commented on the explanations made and signed the Sao San Tun Hospital guest book.