Chan Wai Soe and Maung Htoo
The 103 rd birthday of General Aung San and Children’s Day were celebrated at the headquarters of the ruling National League for Democracy on February 13.
Present on the occasion were Yangon Region Parliament Speaker Tin Maung Tun, regional MP Nay Phone Latt, NLD members and some children.
The speaker gave an account of the biography of Myanmar’s independence hero General Aung San, while MP Nay Phone Latt raised questions with the children about the history related to the general.
Aye Aye Mar, regional MP and member of NLD’s Central Committee for Women, said the purpose of the event was to motivate children to copy and envy General Aung San’s character, morality and feats. She also commented that the birthday of General Aung San should be a public holiday.
Nay Phone Latt said: “The government needs to announce General Aung San’s birthday, which falls on February 13, as Myanmar Children’s Day. I think they forget that. February 12 is Union Day. But all have forgotten February 13. It should not be so in terms of politics. On this day, examinations for students should not be held.”
He then called for a cooperative effort to ensure that Myanmar Children’s Day becomes official in the country.
On February 13, some communities in Yangon provided free meals and unveiled statues of General Aung San.