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Aung Zan Wai (Burmese: အောင်ဇံဝေ; 19 November 1893 – 29 December 1984) was a Burmese politician and one of the most important negotiators and leaders of the historical Panglong Conference in 1947. The signing of Panglong Agreement is now celebrated as a national holiday, Union Day, in Myanmar.[1][2]

Aung Zan Wai
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Minister for Social Services
Personal details
Born(1893-11-19)19 November 1893
Sittwe, Kyauktaw, British Burma (Now Myanmar)
Died29 December 1984 (1984-12-30) (aged 91)
Political partyAnti-Fascist People's Freedom League
Spouse(s)Sabai Phyu
San Thar Nu
EducationSt. Paul's High School, Rangoon
Mahabodhi College, Colombo
Known forPanglong Agreement negotiator


Early lifeEdit

He was born in Sittwe, Kyauktaw, British Burma in 1893. He was an ethnic Rakhine.


He joined an Arakanese Team called Rakhapura in 1918 as he started getting involved in politics, and worked as a Team Secretary. He used to be the member of General Council of Burmese Associations (GCBA) as well. Later he founded the English-Burmese middle school in Kyauktaw and worked as a Headmaster.

In 1936, he was chosen as a Lower House Senator from Sittwe. Also he worked as a secretary at the Ministry of Law and Justice. In 1945, he joined Anti-Fascist People's Freedom League.[3] He also worked as an advisor for the establishment of Panglong Conference in 1947. Then he participated as a minister in the Ministry of Health and Social Service which was part of the Council of Governor Sir Hubert Rance where General Aung San was the Chairman.

He participated in Panglong Conference together with other leaders and Myanmar Representatives who were the leader, General Aung San, Sir Maung Kyi, Dr. Sein Mya Maung, Myoma U Than Kywe, Tin Tut, Bo Khin Maung Kalay, Thakin Watin, Bo Aung, Bo Min Lwin, Ko Ko Lay, Bo Thein Swe, Tin Nyunt and Maung Maung.

After the warEdit

After Myanmar was independent, he was assigned as a minister of the Ministry of Social Work and Health when he was chosen as a member of Chamber of Deputies represented for Sittwe. Then he performed as a minister of Ethnic Affairs in 1949. In 1970, he was a member in a committee formed to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of National Day of Myanmar.


He survived from the attack when General Aung San and other ministers were assassinated on 19 July 1947. [4][5]


He died on 29 December 1984 in Rangoon and left his second wife, San Thar Nu, three daughters and a son.


  1. ^ Burma. Information and Broadcasting Dept (1950). Burma's freedom: second anniversary. Directorate of Information, Union of Burma. The Hon'ble U Aung Zan Wai was born 55 years ago at Kyauktaw in the Akyab District. Educated al St. Paul's High School, Rangoon and Mahabodi College, Colombo and later ...
  2. ^ Jeffrey Hays. Burma after World War II.
  3. ^ Taylor, Robert (2015). General Ne Win: A Political Biography. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. p. 500.
  4. ^ Maung Maung (1962). A Trial in Burma: The Assassination of Aung San. Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Natherlands.
  5. ^ Ron Christenson (1991). Political Trials in History: From Antiquity to the Present. Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick (U.S.A) and London (U.K.).