Respond to Challenges *

Some one said,
“Life is not fair, but do not care.
Respond to life’s challenges.
Do not react.”

Paying respect

  • Paying respect to Sayas is a tradition that is unique to Myanmar.
  • The tradition is alive and well.
  • There have been seven world wide SPZPs :
    SPZP-2000 (US)
    SPZP-2002, SPZP-2007, SPZP-2010 (Singapore)
    SPZP-2004, SPZP-2012, SPZP-2016 (Yangon)
  • I was fortunate to be a Core Organizer for SPZP-2000 and a Coordinator for the remaining SPZPs.


Many alumni are active in the following:

  • SDYF (Swel Daw Yeik Foundation)
  • RITAA (RIT-YIT-YTU Alumni Association)
  • NorCal RITAA (in the US)
  • MES
  • MEC
  • HMEE-2018


  • “History of Myanmar Engineering Education” was published in 2012.
  • The project’s initiators included Saya U Soe Paing, Sayagyi U Ba Than and several sayas and alumni (See Acknowledgement in the Book)
  • Saya U Aung Hla Tun and team compiled the book.
  • Ko Ohn Khine (M70) and I compiled the CD Supplement for the HMEE-2012 book
  • The draft for the first two sections were prepared by Saya U Soe Paing and team.
  • Ko Ohn Khine translated Section 1 and summarized Section 2. The translations have been revised by Saya U Soe Paing.
  • Saya U Aung hla Tun gave the copyright to RITAA.
  • HMEE-2018 project is headed by Saya U Aung Hla Tun.
    Project will revise / enhance the HMEE-2012 book.
    Will cover the History of Engineering and Industries.

YTU Library Modernization Project

A decent Library is a requirement of the accreditation of YTU by Asean (and beyond).

Donations — large and small — are coming in.
Thanks to U Wynn Htain Oo (M72), Ma Nan Khin Nwe (83 Intake) and team.

The donors include

  • U Khin Maung Tun (T78)
  • Dr. Myo Khin (C70) and Daw Mya Nwe (C73)
  • Daw Myint Myint (C69)
  • Saya U Tin Htut (M60)
  • James Shwe (M76) and Annette Shwe (A75)
  • NorCal RITAA
  • Alumni from Singapore, Australia and New Zealand


  • The Library could have a section to help remember our beloved alma mater, our sayas and alumni activities.
  • Sayagyi Dr. Aung Gyi endorsed Ko Benny Tan’s proposal to archive the mementos.
  • Requested class representatives to record gatherings / activities.

Health Care Funds

  • “Steeve and Helen Kay Health Care Fund for RIT Sayas and Sayamas”
  • “Eye examination and assistance Fund provided by U Khin Maung Tun”.
  • Balance of both funds have been handed over to Swel Daw Yeik Foundation.
  • Other funds include 69er HCF, EE69er HCF, and those administered by the classes and groups (e.g. Combined 1st BE Intake of 64 and 65)


  • RIT related Facebook pages
  • RIT related Google groups
  • hlamin.com

Saya Allen Htay (C58)

  • Leader of the San Francisco Bay Area Alumni Group
  • Co-founded “RIT Alumni International” which hosted SPZP-2000 and served as President.
  • His article “Brother, can you spare US $500?” is a classic.
  • Daw Mu Mu Khin hosted a lunch in memory of Saya on December 31, 2017.
  • In memory of Saya Allen, Daw Mu Mu Kin donated Saya’s books to the YTU library.
    Also sponsored scholarships for eligible YTU students.
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Golden Sponsors

  • U Thaung Sein (Steeve, EC70)
  • U Benny Tan (M70)
  • U Khin Maung Oo (Ivan Lee, M69)
  • U Tin Myint (David Ko, M67)
  • U Maung Maung Than (M79)

    The five Golden sponsors and other donors made sure U Nyo Win’s Act (requiring the organizers to chip in if SPZP-2000 will not have the minimum number of attendees) will not be needed.


  • Completed two decades as Chief Editor of RIT Alumni International Newsletter
  • Compiled posts for the Golden Jubilee of 69ers
    Attended both events on December 14, 2019


  • Writing and revising posts in hlamin.com
  • Request help to transform into digital and/or printed books for posterity

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