Myanmar president’s office asks people to stop throwing ‘letters and things’ at state leaders

Win Myint with Aung San Suu Kyi. AFP file photo
Win Myint with Aung San Suu Kyi. AFP file photo

Myanmar’s Office of the President issued a notice on Wednesday asking the public to stop throwing complaint letters at state leaders, which presumably refers to President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

The notice starts off with a description of the office’s Complaint Department, to which members of the public can report grievances to the country’s top leaders by phone or by fax. Some people, it seems, prefer to deliver their complaints by other means.

“It has been found that some members of the public have tried to hand deliver their letters of grievances, complaints, and advice to the State leaders during their trips,” the notice says. “When they did not get a chance to deliver personally, some threw the letters and things to the State leaders, heightening public anxiety for the security of the State leaders and leading to increasing criticisms.”

To avoid the barrage of tossed letters, the Office of the President has set up a Complaints Acceptance Team, “which will be a part of the entourage of the State leaders during their trips, and the letters will be registered and submitted to the State leaders.”

By not throwing things, the public will be contributing to the “security of the State leaders and the smooth and comfortable conclusion of their trips,” the notice concludes.

For those who are comfortable with phones and fax machines, the Complaint Department can be reached at 067-3409117.

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