The law exists to protect society

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When we talk about the rule of law, it is important to remember that citizens need both the knowledge of the existing laws and a deeper understanding of their workings.
The rise of social media has given ordinary citizens a greater role in the spread of the rule of law, along with increased contribution. There are examples of people swiftly responding to lawbreakers and supporting the rule of law.
While it is true that on the one hand, profanity, speech disregarding the rule of law, and defamation are widespread on social media, on the other hand, we can see that social media greatly supports the rule of law.
However, there are some people who think bending the law is okay. This is why it has become as important as ever to ensure that the public gains a deeper understanding of existing laws.
The original objective of enacting laws, which still remains true, is to protect the people from injustice and acts involving force. The basic laws then branch out into more specific topics, such as municipal affairs and traffic safety that details restrictions and rights to safeguard the public.
The general public is mostly innocent and wary of breaking the law. People choose to avoid actions that can lead them to court or result in legal entanglements. Since the majority of Myanmar people are from low-income families, they view court cases as a drain on their budget, and believe they will be treated less better than wealthier people.
While this acts as a strong, albeit far from moral, deterrent from breaking the law, it also means people actively avoid participating in witness testimonies in cases involving others.
This strongly outlines the importance of educating the people on the workings of the law and the judicial system, and taking effective action against perpetrators who break the law, or work around its loopholes.
The people must know how the law can protect them and help them in securing their full rights and entitlements as citizens of the nation. They must be empowered to seek justice and speak up against corruption and tyranny.
At the same time, the public must also understand that the restrictions that may seem insignificant are for their own safety and are for the benefit of society as a whole. Examples of such restrictions are rules against littering and spitting betel nut juice in public places. Examples of laws on personal safety include wearing helmets while riding motorcycles and ensuring contractors install emergency fire ladders in buildings.
We urge the Union Government and all relevant government and private organizations to strengthen education programs about the law and the rule of law so that our society becomes stronger, and the people more confident and that injustice is dealt with.

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