The pace of democracy might be slow, but it is the only way to overcome 21st Century challenges: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw observed the International day of Democracy, 2018 at Thabin Hall, Hluttaw Building, Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
In his address at the ceremony, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat said the theme of the International Day of Democracy 2018 fits perfectly with Myanmar’s current context of democratic reform process.
“It is profound because an enduring and lasting democracy needs collective oversight from people of different respective roles,” said the Speaker.
The theme of 2018 International Democracy Day chosen by the International Parliamentary Union is “Oversight”, and
the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, the Parliament translates this as a slogan, “Cohesive Oversight for an Enduring Democracy”.
On 15th September, every democratic country commemorates the International Democracy Day. Following our country’s multi-party democratic reform, our country has been commemorating International Democracy Day for eight consecutive years since 2011.
In every democratic country around the world, Parliamentary legislative institutions are the souls and lifeblood foundation of the foundation of the respective Democracy.
While exercising legislative power, parliaments are putting their great efforts to reflect people’s voice, people’s aspirations and people’s will in fulfilling the needs of the people, he said. “It is only natural that the people expect and want to see instantaneous results from the democratic reform, but it is important to note that in democratic principle, the process takes time as it involves people’s participation and deliberation.
The pace of democracy might be slow, but it is the only way to overcome 21st Century challenges,” said Speaker U T Khun Myat.
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker also urged all citizens to respect and abide by the existing laws and to set aside ethnicity, religious, regional, ideology and political party differences entirely for the sake of citizens’ overall socio-economic development.
“We must continue our approach of resolving formidable challenges through dialogues and collaborations in strengthening the foundation of democracy and undertaking the matter of national development,” said the Speaker.
“While undertaking our respective roles in the democratic reform process, if we have sincere conviction and deliberation for the country and the people, I believe, our journey towards a democratic federal union might not be very distant,” he said.
It is important to note that the freedom granted by our democracy should also be within the framework of the rule of law. The fundamental value and principles of democracy are about protecting fundamental human rights, equal rights and to secure prevalence of the rule of law.
The basic principles of the Union stated that “the union practices genuine, disciplined multi-party democratic system”.
The success of building a peaceful democratic federal union and prevalence of best democratic practices among citizens rely significantly upon extensive collaboration.
He urged the people of different races and ethnic groups to take the current opportunity to construct mutual understandings, trust and friendship without differentiating high land and low land, mainland and states, based on democratic moral principles and practices to consolidate a lasting peaceful democratic union.
In his concluding remarks, the Speaker called on the people of Myanmar for their active cooperation and collective participation along the journey towards a stable democracy. He expressed his thanks to the people at the end of his speech.
After delivering the speech, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker and Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker presented flower bouquets and cash rewards to artistes who had performed at the ceremony and then posed for documentary group photo.
The ceremony was attended by Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar Chairperson U Myo Nyunt, Union Election Commission Chairman U Hla Thein, Pyitdaungsu Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Tun Tun Hein, Amyotha Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Aye Tha Aung, Chairman of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission Thura U Shwe Mann, Union Ministers, State/Region Hluttaw Speakers, Deputy Ministers, Hluttaw Affairs Committees chairmen, heads of department, representatives of political parties, diplomats, world parliaments’ group, inter-parliamentary union, United Nations organizations, partner organizations of Hluttaw, teachers, students, invited guests and officials. — MNA