August 19, 2016

Just step up the tempo of reform

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw yesterday was unanimous in giving the green light to the list of cabinet members proposed by the president-elect, with Speaker U Mahn Win Khaing Than declaring that all the 18 nominees were appointed as union ministers.
President-elect U Htin Kyaw proposed that his new cabinet be formed with 21 ministries, four of which will be held by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the ruling party National League for Democracy (NLD), while the three ministries of home affairs, defense and border affairs will be under the control of three lieutenant-generals. There are 36 ministries under the incumbent government.
The announcement sparked a barrage of criticisms and doubts on social media of her calibre for the posts. On the other hand, her supporters responded with their absolute confidence in her capacity and efficiency with which she would handle the four ministries. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will hold office as union minister for foreign affairs, education, electric power and energy, and president office.
Nevertheless, the Lady’s fertile imaginations hatched over the past 25 years cannot be overestimated. It is better to practice a wait-and-see policy in anticipation that the whole lot of her ambitious parliamentarians are waiting in the wings. Nevertheless, it is better for each of us to become a cog in the machine so that the incoming government will be able to step up the tempo of the reform ignited by the outgoing government.


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