(San Maung Than, Narinjara News, 31 October 2014):
The 88 Rakhine Generation for Social Development, which was formed in Kyouk Phyu recently, has opened its office in Sittwe, the capital city of Arakan, on October 29. Besides opening the office room, a sign board lifting ceremony was also organized at the office, located at 9 Maung Shwe Lone Road, Myo Thu Gyi Quarter, Sittwe.
Nearly 70 persons including the chairman of the organization U Than Naing, representatives from Arakan National Party (ANP), Arakanese women organization and other distinguished citizens attended the function. U Than Naing welcome everyone and explained about the aims and objects of 88 Rakhine Generation for Social Development.
“We have opened our office here in Sittwe to work effectively for the Arakanese people. Soon we are opening more offices starting in Kyouk Phyu and Thandway,” said U Than Naing.
Addressing the gathering U Pye Thein (aka Tun Tun), secretary of the organization informed that they are committed for the development of Arakan State as a whole.
“We will soon start the process of data-collections from the industry zones. Moreover we are planning to begin a computer training session for the students of all high schools in Arakan,” added U Pye Thein.
He also disclosed that a broad meeting of the organization would be organized in the six months to involve more people into it. The capacity building training for the Arakanese youths is also on their card, he added.
A number of ANP leaders including Dr Aye Maung, U Aye Tha Aung, U Oo Hla Saw, U Zaw Aye Maung and U Oo Hla Myint were present on the occasion. The ANP president Dr Aye Muang promised to extend cooperation to the organization while dealing with Arakan’s national interests.
Daw Nyo Aye, chairperson of Arakan Woman Network pointed out that the unity among various Arakanese civil society groups was very important to work for the people of Arakan efficiently.
“We should support each other to attain the unity. Regular consultations instead of unnecessary arguments among us become the need of the hour,” she added.
Another ANP leader U Hla Saw said that the forthcoming Burma general election in 2015 would be a major opportunity and also a challenge for the Arakanese people and their local leaders to perform. On the other hand, senior Arakanese politician U Wae Sein Aung asserted that the 88 Arakanese generation must stand together to fight for the cause of Arakan and its people.
“We must keep on fighting with the spirit of 8-8-88. Most of our 88 Arakanese generation leaders had to flee to Thailand, India and Bangladesh for exile. Now they have returned back and should continue fighting for the social causes,” stated U Wai Sein Aung.