The following is an unofficial translation of the message sent by President Agga Maha Thayay Sithu, Agga Maha Thiri Thudhamma U Thein Sein on the occasion of the 41st Anniversary of Rakhine State Day.
It is a great honour to extend my warmest greetings and send a congratulatory message to the national brethren of Rakhine State on the 41st anniversary of Rakhine State Day, which falls on 15 December.
Rakhine was granted statehood in line with the State Constitution of 1974, which the Rakhine State People’s Council approved in a referendum on 15 December. The date has been observed as Rakhine State Day since 1975 without missing a single year.
Due to its geographical location, Rakhine State possesses a beautiful stretch of coast and mountain ranges. Apart from fertile farmland, the region boasts a repository of invaluable cultural heritage.
The government is making strenuous efforts to bring all-round development to the region. Tangible improvements have been made in areas including transportation, electricity, education and health.
The government mounted emergency responses and recovery measures in some areas of Rakhine State that were hit by torrential rains and floods in July and August this year. The government took effective measures to put the disaster-hit areas on the road to recovery. Achievements have been made in putting flood-affected farmlands under cultivation. Now, the crops are being harvested. I would like to honour the residents of Rakhine State for their great resilience to the natural disasters.
The government’s commitment to putting an end to the 60 years of armed conflict through negotiations and peace culminated in a nationwide ceasefire agreement with eight armed ethnic groups on 15 October this year. Stability and the rule of law being critical to national development, the entire population of the country are to join hands in preserving stability and peace so as to ensure further development across the country.
Thus, I would like to urge the people of Rakhine State to render collective cooperation in the march to a new, prosperous democracy.