CREDIT EMG 15.MAY 2013
Shaung Milyan, vice-chairperson of United Wa State Army (UWSA), demanded that the Wa self-administered division be upgraded into a state during a meeting with the government’s union level peace working committee in Panhsang of Wa Special Region (2), Shan State, on May 10.
UWSA, the largest of the armed ethnic groups in Myanmar, has reiterated the demand, which it has made since 2012.
Regarding the Wa’s demand, one Lower House MP said granting it without thorough analysis could make the country’s situation more confusing.
“In my opinion, it is too early to satisfy their demand. This issue must be discussed in a close-door meeting in Parliament. Are those living in the Wa region are genuine Wa nationals? It is necessary to monitor whether there are manipulators behind the demand. If it is granted without analysis, there will be confusion,” MP Kyi Myint said.
Some fear that the upgrading of the Wa self-administered division to a state might change the union pattern of Myanmar as the administrative board of the Wa region uses Chinese as an official language and only 30% of the population use Bamar language and other ethnic dialects.
Sao Aung Myint from Shan Descendent Force said: “The issue is not possible yet although they have the right to demand. Our country is multi-national. Various ethnic groups live in Shan State. If the Wa is allowed to form an autonomous state, the whole union will be in a state of fragility.” Continue reading “Founding of Wa State can spark confusion”