Senior NLD leader causes party ruckus in Shan State
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