Suu Kyi warns of election-day riots
Aung San Suu Kyi, the chair of the National League for Democracy (NLD), warned voters of the potential of intentionally orchestrated riots on the election day.
Suu Kyi told a campaign rally in Hmawbi, Yangon Region: “People need to be alert on election day. There may be those of intentionally orchestrating riots. To hold the election peacefully is of great importance for all of us. Let me warn you.
“The election is close. All of us should tranquilly move in a particular direction towards the election.
“Most people know the importance of the election. I want the people to realise this point. Elections are essential in all democratic systems. You understand that the election is about choosing people capable of leading a new government,” Suu Kyi said.
She said the election would totally eliminate a system of government where leaders sought opportunities but shunned responsibility. Only with the support of the people, could the system be changed, Suu Kyi said.
“The NLD was established for national reconciliation. The system will have to be changed. When we become a government, how considerate we are will reflect our reputation,” the Nobel Laureate said.
“No one needs to worry that the NLD will become a government. Unjust opportunities must be surrendered. The NLD does not bear grudge against those wishing to live peacefully. The NLD has no principle of revenge. Past events are the lessons we will have to take,” Suu Kyi said.
Landslides triggered by heavy rain killed 18 people, including two children, and left 11 missing, in the Mawchi Mine region, Hpasaung Township, Kayah State, according to local witnesses.
Resident Saw Alkalu said: “Since the morning of October 11, there have been heavy downpours and strong winds. Landslides began in the hills at about 2pm the same day. The landslide destroyed staff quarters, houses and a church built on hill sides. About 40 houses were ruined. The exact number of damaged houses is under investigation. Injured people are receiving treatment at Lokharlo hospital. The number of missing people is expected to increase.”
About 500 from the area are taking shelters in a Baptist church in Kharlo village, with another 300 victims in a middle school and more than 300 in a high school. The victims are in need of food and drinking water.
On June 1, a mining company issued a warning about the danger of possible landslides in restricted areas during the rainy season. Many locals turned a blind eye to it the warnings.
The Mawchi Mine region is located about 80 miles from Loikaw Township. The residents of the area rely on satellite phones as they have has no easy access to telecommunication lines. CR ELEVEN MEDIA
PHOTOCREDIT Myanmar Disaster Relief Coordination Centre
Girl arrested for mocking military A girl from Maubin Township has been arrested on the night of October 12 over a Facebook post that compared the colour of Aung San Suu Kyi’s htamein (traditional skirt) to that of the recently introduced military uniforms. Chaw Sandi Htun, who goes by the same name on her Facebook account, was charged under Section 34(D) of the Electronic Communications Law, over a post titled “Why not wear pieces of her htamein as bandanas if you love her so much?” The post included a photo of the National League for Democracy leader giving a speech beside another photo of Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing giving a speech to fellow military members. Section 34(D) which prohibits defamation and spreading misinformation about organisations on the Internet. Chaw Sandi Htun had just arrived at the Damazawti Meditation Centre with her mother when police arrested her and brought her to the MaubinTownship police station to be confined. “She is used to going to Oo Go Inkar meditation centres, specifically the Damazawti centre. She had just arrived today with her mother, who was sending her off, when around 20 policemen came and arrested the girl even before the mother had left. Chaw Sandi Htun was brought back to Maubin, and her mother followed the police vehicle. We heard that the military opened the case against her,” said a close relative of the accused. ELEVEN MEDIA Ma Chaw Sandi Tun, who is the active NLD Youth, was arrested yesterday at Yangon, . . Latest updates say, she is charged with 34 D Electronic Act, which all are hoping to suppress information and media in Burma by Military Junta. . Today 13 October 2015, Maubin court decided to put her on remand and the next hearing will be at 27 October 2015 as reported by media. MWH Photo Credit: Eleven Media
UEC announces constituencies where election to be postponed
YANGON–The Union Election Commission (UEC) announced a list of constituencies where elections will be postponed yesterday. The constituencies are located in Kachin, Kayin, Mon and Shan States and in Bago Region. The elections have been postponed under Section 10(F) of the UEC Law.
The announcement said the listed constituencies cannot hold free and fair elections due to unstable regional conditions.
In Kachin State, elections will not be held in the village-tracts of Machanbaw, Sumprabum, Kawnglanghpu, Waingmaw, Chibwe, Hsawlaw, Injangyang, Mansi, Tanai and Shwegu Townships.
In Kayin Sate, the government will not hold elections in the some village-tracts in Hpa-an, Hlinebwe, Phapun, Thantaunggyi, Myawady, Kawkareik and Kyainseikkyi Townships.
In Bago Region, 12 village-tracts in Kyaukkyi Township and 29 wards and village-tracts in Shwekyin Township will not hold elections.
Bawnaw Khee village tract in Bilin Township, Mon State, will also not hold elections.
Moreover, the government will not hold elections in the whole of Hpansan, Hpan Wain, Mongmaw, Napham and Mongla Townships and some village tracts in Muse, Kongyan, Mantong, Mongkhet, Mongyang, Mongyawng, Mongtong and Metmong townships in Shan State. CREDIT ELEVEN MEDIA MYAANMAR
Karen National Union (KNU) recruitment has forced more than 300 families to flee their homes in Hlaignbwe Township, Kayin State.
Up to 2,300 people from 13 villages in the township have fled to Myaing Gyi Ngu region, in need of urgent humanitarian aid.
A refugee from Thawkalelhta village in Hlaignbwe said: “Refugees fleeing the war have moved to Myaing Gyi Ngu. It’s disappointing to have armed conflict again in the war-torn region. Everyone wants peace. But the KNU is now using force to recruit. It’s for war. We can’t get food, education and health care for our children. What is good about more fighting?”
A refugee named Saw Faw De says he arrived in Myaing Gyi Ngu on September 24 trying to flee from forced recruitment in Hpapon District. He said was told to pay Ks5 million or serve in the KNU or face the detention of one of his relatives.
The acting Kayin chief minister, U Saw Win Htain, is planning to visit the refugees today. credit eleven media myanmar
Refugees in Myaing Gyi Ngu on October 5 (Photo-EMG)
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One military personnel and two civilians were killed in four bomb explosions believed detonated by militants in Narathiwat’s Ra-ngae district Thursday night.
At least, two other soldiers and one civilian were also injured in the blasts which took place at about 7 pm behind Ra-ngae municipal’s market, behind Wat Singholsittharam, in front of the district’s post office and in front of a karao-ke bar.
A car suspected to be a car bomb was found in front of the district hospital prompting security forces to seal off the area as members of the explosive ordnance disposal team probed the vehicle.
NARATHIWAT, 18 September 2015 (NNT) – Royal Thai Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Udomdej Sitabutr has ordered officials in the restive South to raise the level of security after the latest bombing while admitting that the peace dialogue still requires more time.
In the wake of a deadly bomb attack in Ra-ngae district of Narathiwat on Thursday, Gen Udomdej pointed out that the incident was another attempt of the insurgent network to incite fear among local residents. He affirmed that authorities have managed to keep the situation under control and will now work harder to ensure maximum safety for everyone. Special attention is being given as insurgent violence often occurred around the end of the fiscal year in the past.
Despite the latest incident, the Army Chief insisted that the number of attacks has decreased from last year. As for the government’s peace talks with various insurgent groups, he revealed that more time needs to be allowed for the process since no concrete agreements have been reached so far.
Gen Udomdej pleaded with all unrest instigators to put aside their separatist ideology and turn to cooperate with the government in developing the nation for the happiness of all Thai people.