Char­ity linked to U Thein Sein pledges govt help

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­phyo@mm­times.com

Shwe Pyi Taw Thoe Sone Mhat, which is linked to for­mer pres­i­dent Thein Sein, will help the gov­ern­ment serve peo­ple’s needs in the re­gions, the group’s pa­tron said.

SHWE Pyi Taw Thoe Sone Mhat, a char­ity group founded by sup­port­ers of for­mer pres­i­dent Thein Sein, will as­sist the gov­ern­ment in serv­ing peo­ple’s needs, the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s pa­tron told The Myan­mar Times on Sun­day.

U Sai Maung Hein, pa­tron of Shwe Pyi Taw Thoe Sone Mhat, stressed that his group is not a po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion and will help the gov­ern­ment in its projects to up­lift the lives of the peo­ple.

“We will study what is needed in the re­gions and help the coun­try by co­op­er­at­ing with the cur­rent gov­ern­ment,” he said at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee’s an­niver­sary in Nay Pyi Taw.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the or­gan­i­sa­tion laid out fu­ture plans and ex­posed the pro­ce­dures for ap­point­ing new town­ship com­mit­tee mem­bers to re­place those whose term have ex­pired.

De­spite be­ing iden­ti­fied as linked to the for­mer pres­i­dent, the or­gan­i­sa­tion stressed its apo­lit­i­cal di­men­sion, fo­cus­ing on phil­an­thropic projects.

“We speak with our ac­tions. We have no plans to re­tal­i­ate if some­one crit­i­cises us,” said U Sai Maung Hein. “The or­gan­i­sa­tion is only con­duct­ing phil­an­thropic projects.”

Shwe Pyi Taw Thoe Sone Mhat cur­rently car­ries out re­li­gious and char­ity work, un­der the slo­gan “From Peo­ple to Peo­ple,” and has branches in around 200 town­ships with more than 30,000 mem­bers.

“One more project was added to our plan. When we trav­elled to Moe­goke last week, some peo­ple told us about the dif­fi­cul­ties to teach Bud­dhism in moun­tains,” he said. “Ar­range­ments are be­ing made.”

Thein Sein’s party lost to the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi-led Na­tional League for Democ­racy in the 2015 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, which ended decades of mil­i­tary rule in the coun­try.

Photo: Pyae Thet Phyo

Mem­bers of the Shwe Pyi Taw Thoe Sone Mhat gather at the an­niver­sary meet­ing in Nay Pyi Taw.

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