Govt Mum on Grounds for Sacking Religious Affairs Minister

Myanmar politics

Religious Affairs Minister Hsan Hsint has been accused of misusing government funds. (Photo: Kyaw Hsu Mon / The Irrawaddy)

RANGOON — The government has continued its silence surrounding last week’s sacking of Religious Affairs Minister Hsan Hsint.

On Monday, Deputy Home Affairs Minister Brig-Gen. Kyaw Kyaw Tun told reporters during a break in Parliament that he could not reveal the details of the case against the sacked minister.

“We still can’t disclose anything about U Hsan Hsint yet,” he said, adding that he could neither confirm nor deny reports that the former religious affairs minister is being detained Yamethin Prison in Mandalay Division.  ‘

State-run media announced on Friday that Hsan Hsint had been forced to resign because he had failed to adequately carry out his duties. The announcement came after a scandalous raid on a prominent monastery in Rangoon, and amid opposition to a ministry-drafted bill to restrict religious conversion.

Presidential spokesman Ye Htut said Hsan Hsint was under investigation for several alleged misdeeds, including poor handling of the religious affairs portfolio.

Burmese-language newspapers have reported, however, that the former minister misused ministry funds for personal family interests.

One Response to Govt Mum on Grounds for Sacking Religious Affairs Minister

  1. What difference does it make ? We should just be happy, so long as a Bengali Muslim does not become our minister.

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