President U Win Myint extended his greetings at the 64th anniversary of Kayin State Day which was celebrated on the lawn in front of the Kayin State Government office in Hpa-an Township yesterday morning.
Kyain State Hluttaw Speaker Saw Chit Khin acted as the chairman of the panel of the ceremony and Kayin State Chief Justice Saw San Lin and State Election Commission Chairman Saw Kyaw Win Maung as the members panel.
First, all the attendees saluted the national flag and paid tribute to the fallen national heroes, including Bogyoke Aung San.
Then, Kayin State Hluttaw Speaker Saw Chit Khin made an opening remark.
In delivering his speech, President U Win Myint first extended greetings to all the attendees at the 64th anniversary of Kayin State Day.
He also said Kayin State is a place with significant features. Its frog drum is a symbol of victory, peace and stability. The signs of the sun’s brilliant rays in the middle of the drum surface represent for the rays of peace in the Union of Myanmar.
The President also expressed thanks to the Kayin traditional dance troupes, and praised their harmonious performances which needed a lot of energy. He also said that harmony and unity of the national brethren could create a massive strength for the Union.
The active movements and enthusiasm in this dance should be imitated to achieve mutual understanding which is required for building a democratic federal union.
President U Win Myint added that the government has firmly determined to develop a democratic federal union, and that the government is striving for democratic rights, federal rights, basic rights, equality, and rights for self-administration and self-determination which are being expected by the national people for many years. He also spotlighted active and harmonious movements in Kayin traditional dance in trying to meet these expectations.
He also said a democratic federal union must be created on the basis of unity and common desires of the ethnic people as Myanmar is the Republic of the Union comprising many ethnic people and national races, and that Union spirit is required for it.
The President praised all the national people who are like colourful attractive flowers in a garden, and that they would have different concepts and ideologies. However, they need to have mutual understanding, trust, respect and cooperation for closer ties with each other to ensure a better union.
He also said that Kyain State has a lot of potential, and the Union ministers are also ready to provide assistance for the development of this state.
The President added that there are various prominent caves in Kayin State, such as Kawgun Cave, Saddan Cave, and Yathe Pyan Cave. He said the Beikthano Nat idols in Kawgun Cave predate the Bagan Dynasty and houses tens of thousands of images of the Buddha. He said that the Mon language inscriptions in the cave were also more than a thousand years old.
The President said these destinations significantly attract income into the state budget. He said Kayin State has a lot of advantages and potential to develop further. He said the fruits of development after receiving the light of peace is plainly evident for everyone to see.
The President said that when the entire Union has achieved peace then all the states and regions would have coordinated development. He urged everyone to adopt Union spirit, to pledge on Kayin State’s prominent Zwekabin Mountain, to maintain ethnic solidarity to ensure the continued fruits of development and achieve national lasting peace.
Next, Kayin State Chief Minister Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint read the President’s message of greetings on the 64th Kayin State Day anniversary. After the ceremony, the President met cordially with the invited guests.
The 64th Kayin State Day exhibition booths and event archway were then officially opened by the Chief Minister Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint, State Hluttaw Speaker Saw Chit Khin, Chief Justice Saw San Lin, KNU Chairman Saw Mutu Say Poe, and State Minister for Planning, Finance and Urban Development U Thein Naing as they cut ceremonial ribbons.
The President unveiled the archway by pressing a button, took a documentary photo with attendees and observed the arranged events.
Next, the President and entourage cheered the competitors in the fourth traditional boat race in Hpa-an’s Kantharyar Lake, held to commemorate the 64th Kayin State Day.
From there, the President visited the Hpa-an Culture Museum and observed from a ship the coastal renovation and road expansion project administered by the local cabinet.
Next, the President visited Hpa-an’s hotel zone where he received briefings on the progress of implementing hotel and travel development by Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Maung and State Minister U Thein Naing at Zwe Kabin Hotel.
The President responded to the explanations with suggestions including the need for planning for long-term goals, benefitting the state and nation, ensuring the natural environment is unharmed when implementing projects, and preserving the traditions, customs, language and literature of the region.
Later in the afternoon, the President and entourage left Hpa-an by motorcade for Mawlamyine, Mon State, from where they flew by Tatmadaw special flight back to Nay Pyi Taw, landing in the evening.
The ceremony was also attended by Union Ministers Lt-Gen Ye Aung, U Han Zaw, U Ohn Maung, Nai Thet Lwin, Chief Minister of Kayin State Nan Khin Htwe Myint, Mon State Chief Minister Dr Aye Zan, Commander of Southeast Command Maj-Gen Myo Moe Aung, Chairman of KNU Saw Mutu Say Poe, the State cabinet ministers, State parliamentarians, signatories of Ethnic Armed Organizations in Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, representatives of political parties, departmental officials, members of civil societies, Kayin cultural dance troupes, invited guests and the local people.—MNA
(Translated by Aung Khin+Zaw Htet Oo)