MYANMAR – The military council has banned its rank-and-file soldiers from using mobile phones, and those who remain in the army will no longer be allowed outside the military compound, some military sources told the media.
This action of the military council is a cover-up of the information inside the army to hide their actual situation of defeat in the operational areas, analysed some military sources.
“Security become tighter inside the army than before. Even the female police officers are not allowed to leave the camp like before. All their phones were taken away. Only those trusted office staff and high-ranked officers are allowed to use phones. Up until last month, the female police officers were allowed to leave the camp, but now only the commander is allowed to leave,” said a military council soldier from an infantry battalion based in Bago Division.
Due to the current situation, the soldiers who plan to defect to the People’s Defense Forces and revolutionary organizations are also having difficulties and are experiencing communication breakdowns, according to a military source.
“There are soldiers who want to run away. Right now, in both the front line and the rear line mobile phones are not allowed to use except for military communications. So even if they want to run away, they don’t know where to contact. More people would surrender in the front lines (if such restrictions continue),” said the source.
The CDM (ex-military) sergeant Thura said that the military council which has been losing on most fronts across the country, could make more restrictions and take more strict disciplinary actions than the current ones.
“They (Military Council) used to bring back the soldiers who are in prison(for disciplinary actions). This was not new, they had done it before. What’s worse is the battalion commanders and strategic commanders were ordered to win the fight or be taken disciplinary actions or be demoted. In the end, rank-and-file soldiers are at the lost,” he said.
After almost the whole reinforcing troops, who were sent to Karenni State, from the 55th Division based in Naungcho were killed in the battle, the use of cell phones was banned in the military. Sources from Brigade (55) said that Kpay online payment services are also banned as they run away from the army if they have money.
A young man from a suburb of Yangon was scammed (while looking for a job) and forced to join the military council. His phones were confiscated to prevent running away from the army. Only the high-ranked officers could use mobile phones, stated a military family member.