Khin Maung Oo
At the opening ceremony of the Forum for Myanmar Democratic Transition held at the Myanmar International Convention Center-2 in Nay Pyi Taw, the following topics were discussed: —“From military government to civilian government,” “From centrally-planned economy to market economy,” and “Transition from war to peace: Conflict resolution and the building of an inclusive multi-national state.”
At this forum the State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi gave a memorable and noteworthy opening address that highlighted for us many important issues that needed our attention especially for the younger generation who were born after 1988. She touched upon two important topics namely “the path” and the “goal”. She said to others the goal was of utmost importance regardless of the ways and means used to achieve that particular goal. In her view, it was very important not to follow the wrong path. To her it was important to follow the correct path in a dignified manner to reach the desired goal.
Touching upon the subject of change she said, “When we are trying to change, it is never easy”. She added Myanmar could learn from other countries that have undergone similar transformations.
She stressed that efforts were made to successfully set up a democratic system with justice, fairness and freedom as hoped by the fore-fathers of Independence and ordinary people who sacrificed their lives for Independence.
On the subject of reforms she admitted that carrying out reforms was never easy. She said many countries of the world had already experienced similar transition processes. She added that Myanmar could take a lot of lessons from their transition processes although experiences could not be the same.
Discussing about whether it was more important to work for peace or for development, she said that there were some people who said development may lead the country to a peaceful state. She said she could not agree with that statement. In her view, peace and development could not be seen separately. She stressed that development could not survive without peace and peace could not survive without development. In her view that was why it was important to work hard for both peace and development.
The State Counsellor also spoke about the need to have the correct mindset. She said the Democracy Revolution could perhaps be called “An Intellectual Revolution”. She added that it was thus important to change the mindsets concerning doctrines, opinion, attitude and stances.
In my opinion, the above-mentioned speech by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi contained many important fundamental principles which need to be carefully studied by members of the NLD as well as by all Myanmar citizens who are eager to see their country develop steadily towards the desired goal of democracy in a correct and dignified manner.