When a person has difficulty dropping an old, bad habit and starting a new, good one, we tend to say, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” It is an old English adage which means it is difficult for a person with life-long bad habits to abandon them easily. However, it is important that such habits are dropped as soon as possible, since they are of no benefit.
With ongoing democratic transition after decades of a one-party political system and military rule, people in Myanmar need to adopt good practices in every sector in keeping with the international community. At the same time, it is also necessary for them to leave behind bad practices of the past.
While the international community has been encouraging Myanmar to adopt good practices, we should also reap the benefits of abandoning those that have been detrimental to the interests of the people.
If the people cannot adopt good practices and instead maintain the old, bad ones, they are sure to disappoint the international community by proving the aforementioned adage true. It is time to leave behind the old, bad habits of
By Myint Win Thein
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