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Pyu Kingdom reading cancelled after Mon objections



A controversial essay reading ceremony concerning the history of the Pyu Kingdom, which was due to be held in Rangoon on Friday, November 30, has been cancelled after objections from the ethnic Mon community, according to a report by the Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA).

Parliamentary Speaker Thura Shwe Mann said the “Monograph Reading Ceremony of Pyu Tribe and Pyu Kingdom” would be cancelled during a consultation meeting last Sunday in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State.

Sunday’s consultation meeting was attended by more than 1,000 people, including parliamentarians, ministers, the chairman of the Mon State Hluttaw Kyit Pay, the prime minister of Mon State Ohm Myint, representatives of all the main Mon parties, and members of the general public.

Dr. Banyar Aung Moe, the general-secretary of the All Mon Regions Democracy Party and a representative of Ye Township in the upper house of parliament, said his party explained to Thura Shwe Mann that Mon people broadly object to the ceremony, IMNA said.

“Finally, at the conclusion of U Shwe Mann’s speech, he said that the Monograph Reading Ceremony of Pyu Tribe and Pyu Kingdom, to be held in Rangoon, would be called off. Everyone present at the meeting abruptly cheered with loud applause,” he said.

He added: “Mon [people], including those that cannot speak Mon language, thought that conducting the Monograph Reading Ceremony of Pyu Tribe and Pyu Kingdom would manipulate Mon history.”

 

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