Military should not become political tool amid political instability: Military chief


Commander-in- Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has said that the Tatmadaw (military) should not become a political tool amidst political instability, the Office of the Commander-in- Chief reported.

The military chief made the remark during a meeting with senior military officers attending a law (officer) diploma course at the Military Administrative School in Pyin Oo Lwin Station in Mandalay Region on April 18.

Military-Civil relations have become more important during the current path to democracy Myanmar is on and the ongoing internal armed conflicts meant that the country is embroiled in political instability, said the military chief.

He highlighted his point that the “Tatmadaw” should not become a tool for politics and called for military officers of all ranks to have better knowledge, legal or otherwise, of the country.

Speaking about the military service, the senior general said the Tatmadaw can be joined only by those who have turned 18 or eligible voters.

He also claimed that no one will be above the law, citing Indin Village incident, Buthidaung-Maungdaw region in Rakhine State were solved in line with the Geneva Convention and legal action was taken against military officers and other ranks who failed to respect the law.

He recounted the Rakhine issue saying that in October 2016, Bengali terrorists with superior manpower attacked police posts, looted guns and brutally killed local ethnics and security troops.

As their acts were lawless, the Tatmadaw launched area clearance operation. Since similar attacks came in August 2017, operation was conducted in accord with the law.

As the terrorists failed to achieve their aim and feared punishment for their lawless acts, they as well as their families, relatives and accomplices fled. As they did not dare to come back for fear of punishment, they made false accusations against the Tatmadaw to mislead the international community, he commented.