A single odd one out in political reform is one too many!


[dropcap font=”0″]F[/dropcap]ormer US President Franklin D. Roosevelt once called upon the world to embrace four fundamental freedoms, namely, the freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. These four freedoms reinforce one another, with the 32nd US president stressing that it is impossible to fully realize one without realizing them all. A famous saying that reads “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose” will manifest itself.
In this respect, it should be noted that change is not an abstract idea. It is the very thing that makes human progress possible, but it takes time to take shape.
With the newly elected civilian democratic government having come to power in March 2011, Myanmar is undergoing a time of great change sparing no effort to meet challenges with strength and resolve.
Clearly, the adoption of any new political system comes with inherent risks. It is therefore necessary for all of us to prepare ourselves to take these risks and bring our country to its rightful place in the international community. This commitment will no doubt call for all stakeholders to unclench their fists and let shared hope burn in their hearts.
And the public on their part should be convinced that it is impossible for a government to do for people from all walks of life what they must do for themselves.
There is every reason to believe that Myanmar will become stronger on all fronts when the government, the parliament and the people work together in harmony. Everyone in their right minds is well aware that Rome was not built in a day. Despite this, no process of reform will succeed without rooting out the odd men out. In fact, a single odd one out in political
reform is one too many.

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