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Burmese Minister Apologizes to MPs

2 May 2012

Burmese Agriculture Minister Myint Hlaing has apologized in Parliament for calling other MPs uneducated and ill-informed, according to a report by the BBC. The remarks, made in an interview with the weekly Hot News Journal, led to complaints from more than 200 MPs. Myint Hlaing, a former army general, blamed the media for misquoting him and said he was sorry if his remarks caused offense. “They know nothing. They did not understand what had been said [in the debate]. They were doing it without understanding it,” he reportedly said of the MPs.

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