Legislative pillar upholds true essence of democracy

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Myanmar breathed life into its constitution and began practicing a democratic system after it gained independence and became a sovereign state. In fact, from the moment we first started implementing a democratic system, sovereignty rested in the hands of the people. This means the people have the authority to elect their representatives in dealing with national issues.
Myanmar immediately began to implement a democratic system after gaining independence but due to various reasons the system came to an abrupt halt. This is one of the main factors causing Myanmar to fall behind other countries. Now, we are once again sculpting the democratic system, in the hope of bringing benefits to the country and the people. We are just taking our first steps into the democratic transition.
The legislative pillar is responsible for shaping the democratic system. Before Myanmar gained independence, representatives in the Union Parliament first engaged in processes for national freedom, rehabilitation, building up the nation, and enacting laws for governing the nation. They brought the democratic system to life and carried out the rights of citizens and national development.
In a democratic system, the Hluttaws need to be strengthened upwards from the foundation as they are the building blocks of the nation. Its members of parliaments (MPs) also need to possess the required capabilities. MPs need to be united and work as a team. Discussions in the Hluttaws have to be devoid of bias for one’s region, race, or political party. MPs should keep in their hearts that they are working for the benefit of the people, the union and the nation.
We must welcome every political party and organization that raises questions, motions and legal amendments or proposals that benefit all the citizens. We must be objective in our discussions. Enacting laws or amending existing laws to bring about a democratic federal union is the duty of MPs in looking out for the people that elected them.
The tenth regular session of the Second Pyithu Hluttaw managed to pass 9 of the 26 bills it discussed into law. There are still 30 bills left for the Hluttaws to discuss. The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw enacted four laws including the Second Law Amending the Law of Protection of the Farmer Rights and Enhancement of their Benefits. They are carrying out other functions and discussed future processes and numerous projects beneficial for the public.
Therefore, as the legislative pillar is the main blood vessel of a democratic union, MPs discussing or debating laws and other topics important to the nation and its people should remember to uphold fairness, equality and compassion so that they bring out the true essence of a free and independent democratic nation.

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