Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Nai Htar Wa Ra, Mon leader, dies at 55


Tuesday, 22 February 2011 21:02 Kun Chan   

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Nai Htar Wa Ra, 55, a leader of the New Mon State Party (NMSP) who suffered from diabetes and hypertension, died suddenly on Tuesday morning.

A central executive committee member, party officials said he died at party headquarters in southern Mon State.

‘His heart was also weak. In the early morning, he could not breathe well, and he died about 2 a.m.’, said Nai Tala Nyi, a NMSP central executive committee member.

On Sunday, Nai Htar Wa Ra presided at a ceremony to mark the 64th Mon National Day held in Panangpain Village near the party headquarters, where he read an official message sent by the NSMP chairman.

He was born in 1956 in Kamarwat village in Mudon Township in Mon State. He joined the NMSP in 1976 and resigned from the party temporarily in late 1978. He rejoined in 1981, and he served as second commanding officer and later served as commanding oficer until 1999 in the New Mon Liberation Army (NMLA), the armed wing of the NMSP.

In 2000, he moved to the political wing and served as the district chairman. In late 2006, at the party’s 7th conference, he was elected as a central executive committee member. From 2009 to the day he died, he was in charge of the central administration department of the NMSP.

He was well known as a military strategy expert in the NMLA.

‘He was also courageous’, Nai Banyar, a former private in the NMLA, told Mizzima. ‘On some occasions, the enemy felt a shock when they heard his name. He had an open mind, and he treated his subordinates very well’.

He is survived by his wife Mi Khin Myo Yi; a son, Min Kun Thaik (a central committee member of the Health Department of the NMSP); and a daughter, Mi Ah Chan.

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