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Myanmar’s Peace brokers who lost their future in Democracy

The so-called “Peace broker” for Myanmar’s military, MPC (Myanmar Peace Centre), which was formed under former President U Thein Sein (retired military general) were consists of representatives from various Ethnics’ Arms organizations (EAOs).  EAOs representatives were being bought by MPC; as a result, those who work at MPC are no longer representatives of their mother organization EAOs. 

Instead, later on, they become the barking dogs of the Myanmar military, and they were being expelled from their mother organizations (EAOs).  As a result, they have no place to base their foothold, eventually ended up siding for the military. Most of them who served regular full time at MPC was selected a handful group of opportunists, who received monthly salary around US dollars 10,000 (payment registered as a Bonus or honorary gifts, which designed to avoid paying tax where they are holding citizenship. i.e. Andrew Ngun Cung Lian who holds US citizenship but avoids paying tax to concerned States or countries where he holds his second nationality).  The same applied to all workers at MPC. 

Therefore, whoever working for MPC is a personal opportunist who has no concern about building peace in Burma, except to prolong their income without paying tax to the concerned authority.  They have no career to continue if MPC has ever been abolished, therefore they are the ones who attacked the most NLD-led government during 2015-2020.

MPC was being abolished or inactive since NLD led government is installed, the opportunists’ group who lost their role and livelihood income were suffered the most and tried to persuade the military to use more a stronger term with NLD led government and even they are partially involved in staging a military coup on Feb.1, 2021.  In the last couple of weeks, those opportunists’ roles were reviving under a military coup to extend their role by building a bridge between international communities and the military (SAC). 

In order to achieve their goal, they use lies and spread false information in order to spoil the relationship between CRPH led NUG government and international communities.  They are trying to portrait CRPH led NUG government as pulling all the terrorist acts in Burma while they neglect to tell the real truth which SAC-led military personnel has killed over 1300 innocent civilians from the day of the military coup, and they still unlawfully detained over 6000 civilians.

Therefore doing such kind of providing wrong information to international communities, is an act of a daylight thief, such lobby act will surely fail and it is purely insulting the intelligence sources of international communities.

Now, some MPC loyalists are trying to reach every foreign office around the world to spread false information and discredit CRPH led NUG government.  We all can truly witness what the people of Burma are feeling and suffering under SAC-led military personnel.  Most areas in Burma have extreme conflicts level because military personnel are committing crimes, robbing, and rape, and so on.  The people of Burma have decided, they no longer can co-exist with the member of SAC military men.  Most locals resistance movement occurred in their own ways, their own methods once SAC’s military personnel were causing trouble around.

The most important point is, we all must double-check any information which comes out from SAC’s military men and their associates.  Those who are interested to read a letter of one of MPC’s loyal opportunists spreading and sending to leaders around the world. Those MPC’s loyalists hate the most genuine democracy to fully function in Burma. You already know why.

If anyone is seeking the truth, the first and most important requirement is intellectual honesty. Without it, a person is simply hearing what he or she wants to hear, not what is real, or what is factual, or what is true.

MPC lobbyist’s Appeal letter to International Communities is as follows:

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I would like to draw your attention to the secret death threat that the NUG/PDF has issued to assassinate U Hla Maung Shwe, Dr. Min Zaw Oo (MIPS), and myself (Aung Niang Oo).

I understand that many of you or high-ranking government officials, including Ministers, parliamentarians, director generals, etc., from your capitals, have spoken to the top NUG officials. It is not a secret because the NUG/PDF publishes their meetings with you. I understand that you are supporting NUG for the values you hold dearly – human rights, democracy, rule of law, and justice and against any form of dictatorship.

I would like to draw your attention that the targeted killings are against all the norms and values you hold dear. I am writing to you because these are the values we hold dearly and are against any form of violence.

In October alone, the NUG/PDF killed 188 people, almost all of them unarmed civilians. I understand that you are aware the NUG/PDF has carried out these targeted killings on mere suspicions that someone is working or spying for the military junta. These people have no trial, no legal representation and there is no proper vetting system. All one needs is a CDM – a very powerful and extremely dangerous tool – to post a message on social media often along with the address and photos of the individual/s purportedly working for the military. Then the PDF carries out the killing.

Since the violence in Myanmar took an ugly turn in April/May, the NUG/PDF has killed over 600 unarmed civilians. They have killed with such abandon. Last week, three traffic police officers were shot and two of them were killed in Tanyin, just across Yangon, because they were collecting money from the motorists. Everyone knows that the traffic police collect money from motorists, but they should not be punished by death and without trial.

Now the NUG/PDF are stepping up their game and have included us and many others on the priority hit list. The threat is real, and we are greatly concerned.

As many of you know we have been in the peace process, calling for dialogue, and would like the conflict to be resolved peacefully. That we have different notions of conflict resolution in Myanmar does not mean that we support or work for the military. We denounce the violence of all kinds by anyone, not only the military but also any other groups in Myanmar. We want to get rid of the military just like anyone else in Myanmar.

Myanmar has suffered far too long from devastating conflicts, and it pains our hearts every time we see anyone die, youngsters being rounded up or innocent civilians imprisoned or tortured or killed by the military, or NUG/PDF assassinating unarmed civilians. Whoever is maimed, killed, tortured, or imprisoned regardless of who they are – be they EAOs, PDFs, civilians, or the Tatmadaw soldiers – they are our citizens.

We have fought for democracy and freedom in Myanmar. Dr. Min Zaw Oo and I were in exile for 24 years and have not stopped fighting for peace and democracy in Myanmar. U Hla Maung Shwe went to prison for two years for supporting Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in 1990. He is a tireless peacemaker communicating daily with all stakeholders to bring about dialogue and prevent conflicts. He has saved so many lives by successfully preventing conflicts between the Tatmadaw and EAOs. He does it for love. During the U Thein Sein Administration, he sat on the Political Prisoners Release Committee and helped many political prisoners released.

I implore you to take appropriate action against the excesses of the NUG/PDF. I believe that you have both moral and political authority to put a stop to the NUG/PDF becoming the MONSTER they are fighting against.

A few days ago, I wrote to some of you informing you that the NUG/PDF’s hit squat has a priority list of businessmen, politicians, actors/artists/performers who they think are supporting or working with the military regime for assassination. Then I learned that only U Hla Maung Shwe was on the list. As of Saturday morning (November 6), a highly reliable source who has friends in NUG/PDF called me and warned me about the threat. He also mentioned that it is not just U Hla Maung Shwe but also me and Dr. Min Zaw Oo who are on the NUG/PDF’s priority hit list. Also on the list are some academics who have spoken out against both the military and NUG/PDF.

The hit squad is already in Yangon and planning. Knowing some of the people who are involved with the planning and execution, our friend tried to reason with them. It was all in vain. He himself is so concerned and has spoken to me a few times in the past few days.

As already been reported, a businessman from Mytel was killed three days ago. It sent a shockwave through the business community in Myanmar. On November 7, the NUG/PDF bombed a building that belongs to the Film Association as a warning. I will not be surprised if the real assassination of some actors, businessmen, or academics who are purported to be supporting or working with or for the SAC regime happens soon.

As you may be aware, U Ko Ko Gyi (the 8888 Generation leader and Chairman of the People’s Party) whom I respect a lot, has been threatened on multiple occasions by the NUG/PDF. U Ko Ko Gyi spent 20 years in prison, fighting against the military regime. He continues to speak out against the current regime, though through peaceful means. The NUG/PDF threatened to kill his two young children because he spoke out against the excesses of the NUG/PDF. U Ko Ko Gyi can no longer live in Yangon and has not been seen in public since April. An Executive Committee Member of the Mon Unity Party told me on November 5 that NUG/PDF has issued death threats against several of their members, including Dr. Aung Naing Oo, the former Deputy Speaker of Mon State Parliament. I understand the anger of the people but using extreme violence is not the right way to resolve the ongoing conflict.

We take this threat against me, my colleagues, and others who have not taken sides in this current conflict extremely seriously, given the number of unarmed civilians the NUG/PDF has killed over the past few months.

A few days ago, we reached out to a friend who speaks to NUG leadership regularly. His reply “Just informed them. They will check with NUG Defense and Home Affairs whether such actions have been authorized. I raised the seriousness and risks of such reckless intentions and actions. Possible consequences as well.”

I spoke to him again with the new information. I learned from our friend that the NUG is shirking their responsibilities, saying they have no control over PDF. But this is not true because the current plan is drawn up by top NUG leadership and executed by their hit squats. It is public knowledge that the UNG formed the PDF on May 5. At the center of all of this is the NUG’s Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration.

As you may be aware, there are three types of targeted killings committed by NUG/PDF. One is directly managed and operationalized by the NUG. The second is its affiliated groups; the NUG provides intelligence and resources, but they control their operations. The third type is the killing committed by local PDF. Inside the NUG, Lwin Ko Latt, the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration oversees the hit operations.

We have been with the peace process officially and unofficially since 2012. We are for dialogue and not part of the current conflict. All we do is to find an entry point to a dialogue with the hope of ending the madness that has engulfed Myanmar.

I would like to let you know that we are not taking from the vacuum. Upon hearing the information about the potential plot to kill us, we have reached out to friends who have a close relationship with the NUG. Several sources have confirmed that it is all true.

Taking this opportunity, I would also like to thank the Ambassadors who expressed concerns and offered help.

We will also be reaching out to government officials, including those from the State Department, Brussels, Canberra, London, and elsewhere through our contacts. We will also be reaching out to EAOs that have assisted the NUG/PDF.

You will notice that I have not talked about military brutality. This is because I do not need to elaborate on what the regime stands for and is capable of.

We do not want this to be blown out of proportion and would like to ask you to treat this matter confidentially.

Many thanks for your kind attention. I have also attached a recent picture of the NUG/PDF Home Affairs and Immigration Minister’s online meeting with over 60 PDF groups.

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