Ba Htay

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Who is Ba Htay?

Ba Htay was a Burmese administrator, the Chairman of the Multi-Party Democracy General Election Commission and one of the pioneers of the now-extinct Scouting movement in Burma.

Ba Htay, representing the Union of Burma Boy Scouts was elected one of the very earliest chairmen of the five-man Far East Scout Advisory Committee, which would later become the Asia-Pacific Region, and served from 1958 to 1960.

Ba Htay started his career as a tutor at Rangoon University, for a brief period. He later became Indian Civil Service, and was referred to as ICS U Ba Htay, one of very few elite administrators in the government. He held such posts as Commissioner of Settlement and Land Records, Financial Commissioner, and Chairman of Burmah Oil Company, when the government took over 51% of the shares from the BOC. After retirement in 1963, he was brought back into public life as the Multi-Party Democracy General Election Commission in 1988, after nation-wide protests included demands for a free and fair election.

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