Friday, February 11, 2011

Eat and be merry (sort of), but follow orders

Friday, 11 February 2011 11:51 Ko Wild

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Senior General Than Shwe will host a lavish dinner party for lawmakers on the 64th Union Day on Saturday at the Town Hall Square in Naypyidaw.

Lawmakers enter Parliament on opening day in national
traditional dress. As guests of Than Shwe, lawmakers
must follow a strict dress code to attend the Union Day
dinner. Photo: MRTV
Reflecting the military’s penchant for uniforms, orders, and appropriate dress, the invitations sent to lawmakers came with a list of specific dress codes and other instructions.

The elaborate Union Day dinner invitation sent by Than Shwe and his wife, Kyaing Kyaing, included ‘three requests’ and a ‘nine-point regulation’.

The appointed MPs from the armed forces must be in uniform. The elected male lawmakers may wear non-traditional clothing, but if they chose to wear the  traditional national dress, they must wear a white shirt with a stiff collar, a traditional black jacket, and a traditional turban.

The MPs must pin their ‘Union Day badge’ on ‘their left chest’ only.

They must attend the dinner party ‘without failure,’ but if they cannot attend for an unexpected and unavoidable reason, they must notify the appropriate authorities one day in advance.

They must reach the dinner party venue not later than 7 p.m. and must enter from No. 3 Gate of Town Hall and must leave from the same gate after the dinner, the regulations say.

An ethnic MPs said, “The invitation has a clause saying, ‘’’If you wear national dress’ so that we don’t have to wear traditional national dress. We have our own traditional dress. We can attend the morning function with our traditional dress also.

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