Tatmadaw is firmly embedded in the first branch of Myanmar’s political landscape, Goh Chok Tong, the Senior Minister of Singapore, said.
Goh Chok Tong made his remarks when he met with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services at Zeyathiri Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw on March 15.
In the meeting, Goh Chok Tong said Myanmar’s Tatmadaw plays a leading role in nation-building projects as the military regime systematically drafted the constitution.
Administrative power was handed over from the military regime to the civilian dominant government and authority was smoothly transferred in the second term of the multi-party democratic system.
“Tatmadaw actively participated in the political process. Tatmadaw is firmly founded in the first branch of Myanmar’s politics. The second branch included political parties and organizations walking the democratic road. Trust could be found in these two branches. These two branches need to have cooperation. I have a strong feeling of affection for Myanmar and would like Myanmar to develop in all aspects,” Goh Chok Tong said.
“During the meeting with Singapore’s Senior Minister, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said that Thein Sein’s administration carried out political, economic and administrative reforms for the emergence of democratic administration in his first presidential tenure in 2011. But while political reforms are being carried out, it is required to consider the lack of democratic maturity and security.
“Tatmadaw is standing by the current government and parliaments, and helping matters relating to peace and stability of law and democratic reforms during its one year term. Tatmadaw’s cooperation with the government has been successful. Tatmadaw is working closely with the government in practising a multi-party democratic system to meet with success and improving the country and its economy,” the military chief said.
Translated by Win Htut