Khin-Nyunt-at-Nawaday-Art-GalleryFormer Prime Minister and Military Intelligence chief U Khin Nyunt has said he is not yet ready to discuss  the political situation in Myanmar but will speak out in future.

“I do not wish to discuss political life at the moment but I am keeping my eye on the government’s activities and I will speak when the time is right,” U Khin Nyunt said in an interview on May 11 and published in Mizzima Daily on May 15.

“I don’t want to talk about politics, I only want to talk about the arts,” the former general said in the interview on the first anniversary of the opening of his Nawaday Art Gallery, off Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, in Yangon’s Mayangone Township.

U Khin Nyunt became chief of Military Intelligence in late 1983 and in 1997 was appointed Secretary (1) of the military government’s ruling State Peace and Development Council, a position he held until being named prime minister in August 2003.

A sweeping purge of the Military Intelligence organisation and those linked to it followed his arrest in October 2004 and he was placed under house arrest after receiving a 44-year jail sentence for corruption. He was released under amnesty in January 2012, but 18 victims of the purge remain in prison.

Soon after becoming prime minister U Khin Nyunt unveiled the seven-point roadmap for a transition to democracy which led to the elections in 2010 that paved the way for the installation of the government headed by President U Thein Sein.