PALAUNG State Liberation Front (PSLF) released a statement on Feb 6, object-ing listing of Ta’aung tribe under Shan race in national census taking.
When Government announced the national races for 2014 cen-sus, it recognized eight main ethnic races and listed Ta’aung under Shan race. PSLF said it objected the action of Government en-listing Ta’aung under Shan race and classified tribe to Palaung and Palay with code Nos. 807 and 817.
“We, Ta’aung set-tled down in this land before Shan. Ta’aung tribe became part of Shan after Shan State had been or-ganized,” said Mai Eik Kyaw, information officer of the PSLF.
Ta’aung (Palaung) is a tribe of Mon-Khmer and resided in Myanmar for centuries. Ta’aung tribe is not related to Shan and it has been living in peaceful co-existence with Shan through natural disasters, wars and econo-mic hardships, said Mai Eik Kyaw.
Despite Ta’aung has its tribe Palaung, Palay tribe does not exist. PSLF has asked in its statement to re-code Ta’aung with a new code number as a separate race.
“We are not the same with other races. We live in mountainous area and own different culture and language that can in-dicate us as different race,” said Commander-in-Chief Tar Ho Parlin of PSLF/TNLA.
2014 National Census will begin on Mar 30 until Apr 10. PSLF has demanded Government to accept Ta’aung as different race not related to Shan race.
Htun Htun Min