Dictator Supremo Sr General Than Shwe needed to checkmate his number two General Maung Aye by promoting or giving favour to his lower rank generals.
From them he need to eliminate the most active and potent one who could endanger his position. That was MI Chief, Prime Minister and S1 of the ruling SPDC (SLORC), Khin Nyunt.
When the whole world pressured on him after the 2007 ေရႊဝါေရာင္ Saffron Revolution, he needed to disappear from the highlight and decided to control Myanmar from the back of the curtain with the strong not so visible strings as the puppet master. But as the former Propaganda Head of the Military, he planned elaborately to avoid the fate of his two immediate precessors; General Ne Win and General Saw Maung who he betrayed with the Palace Coup d’état and put under house arrests till they die.
So he made a grand and elaborate scheme to pull out his number two General Maung Aye to resign together with him. And he made few of his younger Generals as 2 A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E etc. So he give them with almost the same rank so that no one could betray him by staging a coup to topple him. So he made the President U Thein Sein, Parliament President U Shwe Mann, Sr General Min Aung Hlaing, USDP President U Htay Oo, U Aung Thaung, U Aung Min with equal ranks to power balance each other.
He directed a usual stage show of Good cop/bad cop, soft gang/hard gang universal game in Myanmar to fool and hook wink the people and the world. But when he realized after the April 2012 By-election that with the present pace of democratic reform and promised GE 2015 (General Election) USDP would lost most of the seats and NLD would definitely form the government.
So Sr General Than Shwe became nervous and ordered his right-hand-man U Aung Thaung to use his Swarn Arr Shins to create the Anti-Muslim Riots, instigate the majority Buddhists with Patriotism or Ultra-Nationalism. So Swarn Arr Shins with the help of ex-MI monks (military implanted fake monks) started the 969 Racist movement which changed its name to Ma Ba Tha later.
So they planned and triggered the Anti-Rohingya movement resulting to the slow Genocide and Anti-Myanmar Muslim movement which resulted into Taunggope Massacre, Meiktila Massacre and Anti-Muslim Riots around the country and it was stalled because of the awareness and cleverness of the Mandalayans: Buddhist Monks, and people of both religions.