State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visited Natma Taung (Khaw Nu M’ Cong) National Park and traditional cultural exhibits in Kanpetlet Township, Chin State, and met with Chin State government members, Hluttaw representatives, town elders and officials yesterday.

She was accompanied by Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Lt-Gen Ye Aung and U Ohn Win, Deputy Minister U Min Thu and departmental officials. They left Nay Pyi Taw by a special flight yesterday morning and reaches Mandalay Region, NyaungU at 8:25 a.m. The State Counsellor and party were welcomed by Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, Region ministers, Hluttaw representatives and officials at NyaungU airport.

The party then went on to Chin State, Kanpetlet town by Tatmadaw helicopters and were welcomed upon arrival by Chin State Chief Minister U Salai Lian Luai and wife, State Hluttaw Speaker U Zo Bawi, State Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Aung Than, State ministers, Hluttaw representatives, cultural dance troupes, local people and officials.

Next, the State Counsellor and party went by motorcade to observe an exhibition in Kanpetlet town, Ward (2) where traditional cultures artifacts of the various Chin ethnic tribes that lived in Kanpetlet Township were displayed. Next, an Assistant Director and officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture explained about the exhibits on display.

Afterwards, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and party went by motorcade to Natma Taung (Khaw Nu
M’ Cong) and offered flowers, water, oil lamp and incense sticks to the Buddha image at the Zina Mann Aung Pagoda.
From there, the State Counsellor viewed and raised detailed questions on the bio-diverse trees and species in the Natma Taung (Khaw Nu M’ Cong) National Park and a Forest Department Assistant Director explained and answered to detailed questions raised by the State Counsellor.

The State Counsellor and party then arrived at the temporary briefing hall of Natma Taung (Khaw Nu
M’ Cong) National Park where Forest Department Deputy Director General U Kyaw Kyaw Lwin and an Assistant Director explained in detail about Natma Taung National Park and the State Counsellor raised additional questions about the National Park.
The Natma Taung (Khaw Nu M’ Cong) National Park is 10,500 ft above sea level and is situated in Chin State, Mindat, Matupi and Kanpetlet townships covering an area of 176,202 acres (275.35 sq. miles).

The Natma Taung (Khaw Nu M’ Cong) mountain is the highest mountain range in Chin State with bio-diverse trees and species thriving in it.

The Natma Taung (Khaw Nu M’ Cong) mountain was designated as a Reserved Forest as well as protected wildlife area in 1936. It is designated as a National Park on 2 December 2010. Furthermore, it is one of the seven National Parks in Myanmar that were designated as ASEAN Heritage Park. The government has also nominated Natma Taung (Khaw Nu M’ Cong) National Park as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014 it is learnt.

After her visit to the Natma Taung (Khaw Nu M’ Cong) National Park, the State Counsellor met with Chin State government members, Hluttaw representatives, town elders and officials at Kaung Kin Nantaw Hotel.

At the meeting Chin State Chief Minister U Salai Lian Luai explained about regional data and status of conducting regional development works. Following the Chief Minister’s explanation, town elders U Mya Maung and U Soe Myint explained about requirements in regional development.

Responding to the explanations, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said priority is given to Chin and Rakhine states in the construction and upgrading of roads and bridges, upgrading of schools and hospitals, providing and replenishing hospital equipment, coordination required between Union Government and state governments, setting up and implementing Myanmar Sustainable Development Program (MSDP) and status of assessing Project Bank. The State Counsellor also said that Kyindwe Village will soon be upgraded to a town. The State Counsellor also spoke about the requirement for Chin State north and south to remain united as development projects were continuously conducted in accordance to set priority by the Union Government and urged the people of the State to value, maintain and protect the Natma Taung (Khaw Nu
M’ Cong) National Park cherished by the people of the State.

After the meeting, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and party left Chin State Kanpetlet Town by Tatmadaw helicopters for NyaungU, Mandalay Region, where they took a special flight and arrived back in Nay Pyi Taw in the evening.