Last-minute meeting angers Shan politicians

Writer: 
Sitha

Politicians and MPs have criticised the last-minute invitation to a preliminary township-level nationality meeting in Shan State on April 19, reports say.

Nay Zaw Naing, chairman of the National League for Democracy in Namhsan Township, said: “They [state government officials] invited me at 4pm and said the meeting would convene at 5pm. I had only one hour to prepare for the meeting where the attendees were going to talk about politics, federalism, equity, economy, social affairs and the rule of law. Why such short notice? I don’t understand.”

The invitation came with the title “state-level political discussion” and the meeting saw only a few attendees.

“They didn’t tell us it was a preliminary session in the invitation. Some representatives from three political parties, state government, two MPs and one police officer attended the meeting. They were invited via Viber [a mobile chat app]!” said Nay Zaw Naing.

The national-level political dialogue is scheduled for April 23 to 25 at the city hall in Taunggyi. Representatives from the government, military, ethnic parties and armed organisations and non-governmental organisations will be invited to the meeting.

Soe Soe Zaw, secretary of the Shan State general administration office, said: “We will discuss over monographs about politics, federalism, state economy and land and environment. Then we will decide the policies.”

MP Sai Htun Nyan of Kyaukme Township said participants needed more time to prepare.

“I was notified at 4:30pm that the meeting was going to start in half an hour. I don’t like their time management. They should have informed us at least a day in advance,” said Sai Htun Nyan.

Translated by Nay Thiha