Views of opposition and other politicians
on junta's reshuffle : Thakhin Aung Myint of Veteran Politicians
DVB ( August 30 , 2003 )
Thakhin Aung Myint of Veteran Politicians
DVB : Is it quite surprising that General Khin Nyunt becomes
the Prime Minister?
Thakhin Aung Myint : Yes, you can say that because they do
not have the Office of Strategic Studies anymore. Another
fact is Maj-Gen Kyaw Win is becoming more prominent than Gen
Khin Nyunt concerning the military intelligence apparatus.
So, the changes are quite extraordinary in that sense. Then
again, Lt-Gen Soe Win, who became [SPDC] Secretary-2 very
recently, is now Secretary-1. We have to wait and see who
will become Secretary-2.
DVB : Is General Khin Nyunt not going to be in the SPDC anymore?
Thakhin Aung Myint : I am not sure about it. It hasn't mentioned
anything in the statement. All we know is that he is no longer
Sec-1 anymore. I won’t be able to say whether he will
be a normal member.
DVB : If he won't be a normal member, does it mean that he
Thakhin Aung Myint : It could be like that, but sometimes,
things are not that clear. They might still consult each other.
DVB : Do you think the shift is connected to the Dipeyin
Thakhin Aung Myint : If it is connected to the incident,
Lt-General Soe Win is mainly to be blamed. He is the main
player in the Dipeyin incident.
DVB : How would you comment on the current development? Is
it good or bad?
Thakhin Aung Myint : I think it is not that good because
people being promoted are quite tense. We can assume that
they are hardliners.
DVB : Is Rangoon quite quiet with the changes?
Thakhin Aung Myint : No one has talked about it yet as it
has just been announced. Probably people will be talking about
DVB : How about the security measures?
Thakhin Aung Myint : Security measures have been tight for
a long time.
DVB : Not many ministers are being fired like that since
they have changed their name from the SLORC [State Law and
Order Restoration Council] to the SPDC?
Thakhin Aung Myint : No. It has only started today. We don’t
know what will happen tomorrow. As I said before, you have
to ask where the Forestry Minister has gone. Where the major
has gone? There will be problems. There will also be problems
for who will become Sec-2. I can’t say what the consequences