August 19, 2016

Well-begun is half done

Khin Maung Aye

The year 2016 is a very exciting year as the people of Myanmar have placed high expectations upon the incoming government, which received a mandate from the people to shape their destiny. The people of Myanmar have been particularly encouraged by the slew of preparatory measures taken by the incumbent government to ensure a smooth transfer of the duties of the state, as well as those of the presidency. Now, we are keen to see how the incoming government will get through its first year in power.
What is certain is that the year 2016 will definitely bring dramatic changes to the implementation of political reforms, which will foster a more democratic society. The new regime is expected to handle the country’s most sensitive issues, including the peace process, building a federal union and structural reform within the government. These must all be carried out in a tactful manner in order to ensure that those who resist change and those who are not optimistic about the prospect of drastic changes are not left out of the reform process.
In this regard, it is worth nothing that the onus is on the entire populace to be actively involved in the reform activities to be carried out by the new democratic regime; the administration alone cannot build a nation anew. Without the participation of the people, we cannot expect good governance from the new government. Without abandoning dirty tricks, such as work-shirking on the part of civil servants, and dropping the old habits of graft and corruption, the administrative machinery will not be able to contribute to our national development. Only when all levels of government are duty-conscientious, law-abiding, corruption-free and initiative-taking will the nation become prosperous, peaceful and progressive.
These are all easier said than done. Reform on a national scale is extremely difficult; it takes time to change the people’s habits and mindsets. Therefore, the new government should also be credited some time to turn the country around. We should, therefore, not place too much hope on the new regime to build a new country overnight. Let us remember that Rome was not built in a day.
What we should expect of the new government is a good start, as the saying goes: “Well begun is half done”.
The Global New Light of Myanmar would, therefore, like to urge Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her colleagues not to rush, but to focus on securing a good start in the implementation of reforms that will, ultimately, bring the change our people sorely need.


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