Narinjara News


Maungdaw, 12 June 2005



Newly appointed Arakan Governor tours the state


Newly appointed Arakan Governor, or 'Chairman of Arakan state Peace and Development Council', Brig-Gen Khin Maung Myint, arrived at Toung Bro, a westernmost border town of Burma close to Bangladesh, to inspect many worksites there, on 10 June, said townspeople.

The tour is a part of his first official journey after he was posted as the chief of Arakan state by
Rangoon authorities.

Before this trip to Taung Bro, he toured a number of places in Arakan, including: southern Arakan state; the state capital Akyab; the ancient city of Mrauk Oo; the town of Palawa along the border with India and two other border towns, Buthi Daung and Maungdaw.

Taung Bro is being built as a new town in Arakan state, north of Maung daw, to upgrade border trade with
Bangladesh.  There are plans to build a friendship bridge there between Bangladesh and Burma.


As the area is a strategic point for Burmese trade and military operations, most high-ranking officials visit this area whenever they arrive in the north of Arakan state.

Brig-Gen Khin Maung Myint is a former commander of the Eastern Command of Shan state. Recently he was shifted to Arakan state after the Burmese military made a major reshuffle at the army regional commander level.

In reshuffle, the former Arakan state chairman as well as the Western Command commander Brig-Gen Min Aung Haling was shifted to the Triangle Region of Shan state, just 3 months after he served on the Arakan state Peace and Development Council.

The Military government recently made a major reshuffle among 6 military divisional commanders including Madalay,
Irrawaddy, Mon, Arakan, Eastern Command of Shan state and Triangle Region, due to a fear of mutiny, said an Arakan politician from Bangladesh.


Brig-Gen  Khin Maung Myint has become the fifth chairman of Arakan, after Min Aung Hlaing, since the SPDC came to power in 1988.#



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