Gen Nban La Awng of Kachin Independence Army and leader of the newly formed Committee for Emergence of Federal Union (CEFU) is a man with a deep sense of wry humor. Here are three of the notable quips he made during a recent meeting:
Liars “A person who is as old as myself (64) and keeps responding to greetings like ‘How are you?’ with ‘I’m fine, thank you’ is a liar. How can you be healthy and strong at this age as you were young?”
Myanmar “In the olden days, we didn’t have post offices like we do nowadays. But we always had a man in every village whose job was to carry messages to another village when they arrived at his village. There was even a saying, ‘Men can sleep, but letters cannot.’
These people therefore needed to be Myan (fast) and Mar (tough) and hence were then known as Myanmar.
Garbage “If we are going to admit every group into the alliance, it’ll become a garbage can instead.”