The 70th anniversary of Chin National Day was celebrated in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday by President U Htin Kyaw, First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin, and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
The State Counsellor pointed out that many contributions have been made by the Chin people, not the least of which was the recent signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).
“The 70th anniversary of Chin National Day is nearly fourth-thirds of a century. All national races should review what they did in the past 70 years for their respective regions, states and for our union,” she said.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi expressed the thanks to the Chin people for signing the NCA, calling for taking the remaining steps towards building a Union which can guarantee peace and security to all the people of the country.
Also present at the ceremony were Vice President U Henry Van Thio and wife Dr. Shwe Hlwan, Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw U Win Myint and wife Daw Cho Cho, Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw Mahn Win Khaing Than and wife Daw Nant Kyin Kyi, Chairman of the Constitutional Tribunal U Myo Nyunt and wife Daw Htay Yi, Chairman of the Union Election Commission U Hla Thein and wife Daw Aye Thida, Deputy Speaker of Pyithu Hlutaw U T Khun Myat and his wife and Deputy Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw U Aye Tha Aung and wife.
Chairman of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission Thura U Shwe Mann and wife, Union Ministers, Union Attorney-General, Union Auditor-General, Chairman of the Union Civil Service Board, Chairman of Nay Pyi Taw Council, Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar, Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission, deputy ministers, MPs, departmental heads and Chin ethnic people were also in attendance.
The celebration began with the song “The Beautiful Chin State” sung by ethnic Chin women.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi presented certificates of honour to those who assisted in social economic development in Chin State and Chin nationals who earned PhDs in the 2016-2017 academic year.
At the ceremony, a traditional dance troupe from Kanpetlet Township entertained the guests with Chin ethnic dance.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio and Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw Mahn Win Khaing Than presented certificates of honour to Chin ethnic athletes who took part in sports events.
Chin traditional cultural troupes performed traditional dances and songs.
The celebration ended with the of “Taung Paw Khaung Yay Cho Mya Mya” by President U Htin Kyaw, First Laday Daw Su Su Lwin, Vice President U Henry Van Thio and wife and those present at the ceremony.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi stressed the importance of the unity of all national races to overcome challenges on the road to a Union that can guarantee security, progress and peace to all the people.
“Our country is rich in natural resources, but, the treasure of our country is our people. Every step taken by our ethnic people for improving themselves is assumed as the Union Spirit,” she said.
She also expressed how she pinned her hopes on the country’s youth population between the ages of 15 and 35, which makes up 60 per cent of the total population of Myanmar.—Myanmar News Agency