Se­nior NLD leader causes party ruckus in Shan State

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A SHAKE-UP of the Na­tional League for Democ­racy in Shan State has led to the sack­ing of a re­gional chair who ap­peared to sug­gest on Facebook that the re­cent lead­er­ship change may have been bought.

On Septem­ber 4, cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (CEC) mem­ber U Win Htein trav­elled to the NLD’s Taung­gyi town­ship of­fice to over­see changes to the lo­cal lead­er­ship. While there, he ter­mi­nated the party mem­ber­ship of U Tin Maung Toe, who had posted crit­i­cally on­line about the re­cently an­nounced changes to the state’s south­ern ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber­ship.

U Tin Maung Toe had served as chair of the party’s Taung­gyi district branch.

“When I in­formed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi about my visit to Taung­gyi to solve these is­sues, she told me to make things clear, so that’s what I did,” said U Win Htein.

But some mem­bers of the NLD in Shan State say clar­ity is not what U NLD cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee Win Htein achieved.

Daw Khin Moe Moe, who had been serv­ing as chair of the state-level ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, dis­puted the CEC mem­ber’s as­ser­tion that she, among others, had been de­moted, ar­gu­ing that proper pro­ce­dures had not been fol­lowed.

“There is a party dis­ci­plinary group both in states and at the cen­tral [level of the] NLD,” she told The Myan­mar Times. “If a party mem­ber com­mits a mis­take, the state’s dis­ci­plinary group will have to in­ves­ti­gate and re­port the re­sult to cen­tral, and only then can the cen­tral dis­ci­plinary [body] and CEC de­mote the per­son.”

U Win Htein told The Myan­mar Times yes­ter­day that he had de­moted three mem­bers of the state-level ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee for im­proper con­duct dur­ing last year’s elec­tion cam­paign pe­riod. The at-times-brash CEC mem­ber fired U Tin Maung Toe on Septem­ber 4 for a Facebook post the lat­ter made af­ter­ward, in which he claimed that ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee po­si­tions could be “bought”.

“There are stages of tak­ing ac­tion in the party. Firstly, we give a warn­ing, then we give a se­ri­ous warn­ing, then we de­mote the per­son and fi­nally we will ex­pel him from the party,” U Win Htein said, be­fore adding that the sever­ity of U Tin Maung Toe’s in­dis­cre­tion had war­ranted a sum­mary dis­missal from the party.

U Khun Sann Lwin, chair of the Taung­gyi town­ship NLD branch, said he and other town­ship- and state-level party lead­ers had ex­pressed con­cern about the man­ner in which the reshuf­fle was be­ing han­dled, and lob­bied U Win Htein un­suc­cess­fully to re­con­sider the dis­missals.

‘[NLD leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi] told me to make things clear, so that’s what I did.’

U Win Htein

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