The legislature plays a vital role in making change happen by ensuring a system of checks and balances among the executive, legislative and judicial branches, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than said in his address to the commemoration of the International Day of Democracy at the Hluttaw Building in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
He called for bold steps to amend or revoke all the laws that fail to serve the public interest as part of enabling the people to enjoy the full benefits of legal protection.
He urged the representatives to continue to work for the people through their selfless efforts, stressing that the people are always at the forefront of building a developed, democratic federal union.
He pointed out the need for mutual trust among the national brethren, describing racial and religious prejudices as detrimental to freedom, justice and equality.
U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister at the State Counsellor’s Office, read out the message sent by the President. Ms Janet Jackson read out the message sent by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Speaking at the event, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint reiterated the notion that all good governments originate from the people is a basic democratic principle, stressing that all power is vested in and derived from the hands of the people.
“The government serves the people, not vice versa,” the speaker quoted a democratic phenomenon as stating.
“In a democracy, the people are superior to the government. In a tyranny, it is a different story,” he said, adding that democratism encourages public participation, whereas totalitarianism does not.
He stressed the need to display broadmindedness and forgiveness to anti-democracy forces, calling for continuous efforts to ensure the rule of law and promotion of human rights across the country.