August 19, 2016

Let there be no doubt

TWO months have passed since Myanmar’s historic elections in November. The National League for Democracy, led by Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, conquered the elections. At a time when the NLD-dominated parliaments are getting ready to begin their work, the entire population, as well as the international community, is ready to evaluate the capacity of the winning party and gauge how the next government will continue to speed up the country’s reforms.
Having been buffeted by a multi-coloured insurgency, ethnic strife and widespread poverty for over half a century, our country is in desperate need of national reconciliation to further strengthen democratic institutions, including executive, legislative and judicial bodies, in order to deal with the outstanding issues.
Despite some remaining challenges, the recent sweeping change brought about by the people’s vote signals to the whole world that the country has undergone a paradigm shift in its approach to governance. Though inevitable, change is gradual rather than instant. We have to take into account all foreseeable risks of the country’s possible backslide into the painful days of dictatorship. We need to open our eyes to these possible consequences and do everything in our capacity to nip them in the bud.
It goes without saying that our natural resources and human talents, if correctly managed, have the potential to generate economic gain, thereby enabling the country to move forward with an astonishing velocity on the path toward development.


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