“I wish every individual citizen performs his/her duty responsibly” wrote State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her Facebook page yesterday. The following is what she wrote:
The biggest positive outcome that came out of the video conferencing done with many regions of Myanmar is the fact that I came to know the most important things needed by those trying to overcome the challenges of COVID-19. As soon as the video conferencing was over, the Ministry of Health and Sports and other relevant departments made immediate assessments of what needed to be done in what places and took immediate action.
To give an example, as soon as the video conferencing was over with Ayeyawady Region, we made arrangements after assessing how many masks, thermometers, PPE’s and gloves were needed and how fast we could send them.
There is one thing that I still remember from my discussions with the young nurse. Some people do not thank the health workers. They are working because they get salaries. Why should we thank them? This is not at all surprising in an age where people talk about their rights above everything else. However, it is a really sad situation when people do not value duty and the “mangala” ( auspiciousness ) of gratitude.
On one occasion on New Year day, someone asked me what would you like to wish for Myanmar. I answered truthfully, the way I felt, “I wish each individual citizen performs his/her duty responsibly.”
If this wish were fulfilled, the country wouldn’t need anything more.
(Translated by Kyaw Myaing ).