Let us set up genuine mutual trust with people’s contribution!
- Khin Maung Oo
- In a country, it is very important to win the hearts of the people. Once we win the hearts of the people, the power of the people can become a formidable force. In all the affairs of the country, especially in the national affairs of the country, it is very important to get the support and participation of the people. Thus, in order to make the process of achieving peace meaningful and effective, it is vitally important to harness the power of the people. In order to mobilize people’s power, it is necessary for us to make risks and sacrifice ourselves not only for the present benefits of the people but also those of future generations. We assume that the incumbent Government will perform the above-said duties. People and Government should not be viewed separately as “those who govern” and “those who are being governed”. A government should be seen as a body that brings into reality the wishes of the people or a body that manages people’s affairs on behalf of the people. So, people should join hands with the government so that the government will be able to utilize “people’s power” for the benefit of the whole country.
Looking back into history, we have found that people’s power could change the country. Depending upon their depth of political knowledge, the people can assess the performances and achievements of successive governments. People in our country have been under various kinds of regimes. Accordingly, they understand and know about their country’s affairs. That is, they already know to what extent, who took risks, who made sacrifices and who devoted themselves for the people. Now, people have the opportunity to choose their own representatives and monitor in what manner their Hluttaw representatives conduct themselves in the various Hluttaws. It is very difficult for the Hluttaw representatives to deceive the people as the Radio, TV and printed media are constantly covering the daily news as it unfolds and presents it to the people very effectively using the power of the internet, Facebook and via the smart phones. After gaining Independence, people’s affairs have been managed in different ways, throughout Myanmar history. People know whether various successive governments had worked for the interests of the people and to what extent. Now, it is nearly one year since the NLD–led Government took office. People already know how much the current Government brought about the benefits of the people in such a short period of time.
The Government has been governing with difficulty, trying to make the tough political route smooth. Among all its efforts, we may see that the Government has made concerted efforts to implement the peace process, which is the most important and the most valuable for all the people. Our country lagged behind in economic and social development. One of the main reasons for this backwardness is the absence of Peace. So long as a country is void of peace, it will never develop. Presently, under the active leadership of the Government political dialogues are being held for achieving peace. To do so, genuine trust needs to be built. That is to build up mutual trust among different groups and organizations. Therefore, let us build the trust with people’s contribution and people’s power.