More Public Involvement Planned for Myanmar Charter Reform Campaign

More Public Involvement Planned for Burma Charter Reform Campaign

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Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi discusses constitutional reform with leaders of 88 Generation Peace and Society in April. (Photo: 88 Generation Peace and Open Society / Facebook)

RANGOON — Burma’s main opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the leaders of the former students’ group 88 Generation Peace and Open Society met earlier this week to discuss how to garner greater public involvement in their joint campaign to amend the 2008 Constitution.

The meeting, which took place at Suu Kyi’s lakeside villa in Rangoon, was attended by Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, Jimmy, Mya Aye and Pyone Cho—all prominent leaders involved in Burma’s 1988 student uprising. It was the fourth meeting between the Nobel peace laureate and the student leaders, who earlier this year announced an alliance to push for changes to the country’s military-drafted charter.

Jimmy told The Irrawaddy that the meeting involved further discussions about their constitutional reform efforts, in particular how the public can become more involved in order to push parliamentarians to pay attention to the campaign.

“People need to be more involved. They say ‘the Parliament’s voice is the people’s voice.’ But now is the time to see to what extent they listen the people’s voice. We will push them by all means to do it,” he said.

According to the student leader, Suu Kyi said during the meeting that she would respond to the proposal to increase public involvement on behalf of the National League for Democracy, after discussing the plan with her party’s Central Executive Committee.

The NLD and 88 Generation Peace and Open Society—formerly known as the 88 Generation Student Group—have been meeting since February in an attempt to present a united front calling for constitutional amendments ahead of national elections in 2015. Demonstrations have been held across the country in support of constitutional reform.

They have agreed to first target Article 436 in the Constitution’s Chapter 12. The article gives the military a veto over constitutional reform, stating that amendments require approval of more than 75 percent of all MPs—at least a quarter of whom are from the military. The article also calls for a nationwide referendum to approve amendments to certain parts of the charter.

3 Responses to More Public Involvement Planned for Burma Charter Reform Campaign

  1. Good thing to see. As long as NLD and 88 Generation stand together, we are confident that we will know where to go. We the people will follow these good leaders/good men and woman. We are tired of having evil people to control our lives. Unless we force these evil ones to go home using our votes, they will never leave the throne. Dead or alive, they may try to stick on to power but we need to send strong message that we the people do not like these evil ones to lead us.

  2. Constitutional amendment is a key issue for the development of the country. Otherwise it will be the same as Ne Win dictatorial system.
    Public cannot do any thing for the individual and mass development. Also military willcontiniously involve in politics and public affairs. The role of military professionalism will disappear from the Burmese soil same as to day facing by Thailand.

    All military should go back their respective barracks.

  3. Military Officers must remove themselves from Parliament. The officers must go back to where they belong. If they are interesting in politic and then they must leave military and enter election as ordinary citizen.
    We can not call Burma is reforming and practicing democracy system if current serving Military officers sitting in Parliament as Member of Parliament and serving as Cabinet Minister Position in Government.

    Under former Dictator Ne Win’s Single-Party State, all Government Cabinet Ministers were Military officers and Pyuthu Hluttaw was filled Military officers and ex-Military officers. Most of high rank Burma Socialist Programme Party’s officials were ex-Military officers.

    Semi retires dictator Than Shwe has modified Ne Win’s Single-Party State system to Army control Multi-Party-System for his future Burma Government before his fake official retirement from dictatorship. Than Shwe intention was clearly country absolute power must be in Army’s hands.

    Than Shwe hand pick Gen Min Aung Hlaing is full filling Than Shwe’s wish and slowly reinventing Military regime behind U Thein Sein Government.
    Not for the sake of Burmese peoples but mainly, for sake of Than Shwe and his family.
    Gen Min Aung Hlaing needs to rethink what he was doing now and did he want to be dictatorship like his predecessor Than Shwe.

    Opposition politicians should write open letter to Gen Min Aung Hlaing whether he wanted to be dictatorship like his predecessors and wanted to hold country absolute power or wanted to help develop full democratic country.
    Burmese peoples have right to know about Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s intention before next election. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing is slowly revealing his true color.
    That’s why Gen. Min Aung Hlaing has never committed peace agreement with ethnic minority groups. Ethnic minority groups should be careful about peace and reconciliation agreement with Government because there’s no sign of commitment from Gen. Min Aung Hlaing side.

    Opposition should consider entering election in 2015. Also Burmese peoples and oppositions politicians should consider whether they should back on to the street again before 2015 election. Oppositions and Burmese peoples must try taken his mask off before election. We must force Leopard to change his spots.

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