August 19, 2016

The end justifies the means

With a view to increasing public understanding of politics, it should be made clear at the outset that “government of the people, by the people and for the people” has long been accepted as the underlying assumption of what a democracy is. Common sense tells us that genuine concern for the welfare of the people is at the core of democratic norms.
Just as voters elect representatives to make decisions on their behalf in parliament, they should preserve the right to oust elected representatives through a petition by securing sufficient signatures.
On the one hand, the right to recall members of parliament is not without flaws. Political analysts point out that using majority power will undermine minority rights. Their anxiety is justified on the grounds that many people find it challenging to understand the complexities of constitutional rights.
But on the other, the people of today’s Myanmar are much better informed of changes and developments in the global political arena than three decades ago, given the broad availability of professional literature on voter education and campaign information. It is therefore safe to assume that the people will be able to make informed decisions by weighing up the pros and cons of the issue concerned. Sometimes, we are to undergo a seemingly unfair situation as long as positive outcomes for our actions are guaranteed.


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