Disappearance of junta chief and series of arrests


Nay Pyi Taw, 16 September

Coup leader Min Aung Hlaing has been disappearing from propaganda newspapers and television for four consecutive days after his visit to Lashio in northern Shan State.

From September 12 to 15, Junta-backed propaganda media did not report the military leader’s activities on their front pages or inner pages.

The junta leader did not attend the recent meeting of the ASEAN Air Force Chiefs hosted by, and only Lieutenant General Soe Win received the air force chiefs of some ASEAN member countries.

Zeya, CDM sergeant from the air force, told Than Lwin Times, “The military leader’s visit to Lashio is not a regular meeting, but there may be some secret matter, or he did not disclose it because he was afraid of being ambushed by northern armed groups.”

On September 9 and 10, the junta chief and his party met with the district and township officials, town elders, SME entrepreneurs, and militia leaders in northern Shan State in Lashio.

Following the trip, the military leader’s other visits and activities are no longer reported in propaganda media, online platforms, or television. On the other side, there have been rumors that some top military generals and businessmen have been detained and are being investigated by the military council.

Veteran lawyer U Gyi Myint said, “The current situation shows that there are uncontrollable problems within the military council, along with bribery cases”.

Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun, a member of the military council ranked sixth among the army’s top generals, has been placed under house arrest for alleged corruption, according to several news outlets.

Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun, a member of the military council, has been chairing the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) and the Foreign Exchange Supervisory Committee (FESC), but the military council has yet to replace him so far.

Moreover, General Yan Naung Soe, secretary of the Central Committee on Ensuring Smooth Flow of Trade and Goods, was also arrested by the military regime in the second week of September.

There are also claims that the military council is conducting investigations into U Thein Win Zaw, who owns the lion’s share of Shwe Byine Phyu and ATOM Telecom, as well as some other renowned businessmen.

Dr. Hla Kyaw Zaw, a political analyst, noted, “The military council is unable to stabilize the country, and the economy is declining, so problems are growing between them.”

On the other hand, the members of the military council have been meeting departmental officials, employees, social and religious associations, and businessmen from various townships in the ethnic states on issues of ethnic and regional development, education, religion, and business affairs.

According to propaganda newspapers, members of the military council: Daw Dwe Bu from Kachin State, Dr. Hmu Htan from Chin State, Dr. Ba Shwe from Rakhine State, Mann Nyein Maung and Khun San Lwin from Karen and Mon States, Poe Re Aung Thein from Kayah State, and U Shwe Kyein and U Yan Kyaw from Shan State, have been organizing peaceful townships over the past week.

Khun Myint Tun, chairman of the Pa-o National Federal Council (PNFC), said, “The military council may be preparing for the election by asking the members of the council to organize based on their races and regions, and they are supporting the old house of military dictatorship from collapsing”.

Since 1 September, international financial institutions, including the Bank of Singapore, intensified their sanctions against Myanmar, and now the balance for the military council has started to lose.

The members of the council are organizing the local ethnic groups in their states by saying that the Five-Point Roadmap of the military council and the strengthening of the multi-party democratic system, and the construction of a union based on democracy and federalism are political goals.

Faced with international sanctions, the military council, which has deteriorated in diplomacy and military, must now resort to its massive force, artillery shells, and airstrikes in order to crack down on the revolutionary forces’ armed resistance.


News-Than Lwin Times


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