August 20, 2016

Better off cheerleaders than onlookers

The National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi took office in April this year after winning by a landslide last year under the election slogan of ‘Time to change’. Most people have since been in a ‘wait to see’ mood, simply because they have been accustomed to a great deal of unrealistic slogans throughout successive governments.
Despite partisan divides around the ruling party’s policy of change, every section of society should be encouraged to play their part in making change happen. There is no sense in sitting idle and shooting the breeze. Our history offers a rich source of lessons that the inaction based on lack of trust and intellect had caused our country to fall under colonial rule.
The hard-won independence, restored from Britain in 1948, is yet to turn the country’s rich resources into prosperity for the welfare of all the nationalities residing across the country. We had spent much time arguing over differences and sweating the small stuff. Metaphorically speaking, our country was like a promising football team without a manager.
Now that we have a good manager who will create success through teamwork, the first thing we need to do is to first become an agent of change and then a cheerleader for the government’s policy of change. Our wholehearted cheerleading for the players engaged in the field of national politics will no doubt be a compelling need for immediate action.


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