Zo National Region Development Party Chairman Kham En Thang presented party’s policy, stance and work programmes through radio and TV on 29 September.
Mingalaba! I am Zo National Region Development Party Chairman Kham En Thang. Our party is precisely called Zo Party.
As all of you know, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar comprises eight major national races — Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Bamar, Rakhine and Shan — with 135 ethnic groups.
Our Zo ethnic group includes in the Chin national race, which consists of 53 ethnic groups. ‘Zo’ is the name of a person, and Chin race is derived from the progenitor named “Pu Zo”. We note that the remaining Chin ethnicities are the names of the geographical locations.
Our party’s major objectives:
(1) To protect Zo National Identity from disappearance and preserve Zo’s culture and heritages;
(2) To participate in building Union of Myanmar as a Multiparty Democratic Federal Union, on behalf of Zo nationals along with the modern Myanmar political trend.
Our party’s main motto is “From Nationalism to Patriotism”.
Despite so many political systems and political ideologies in the world, there are only two major groups — nationalism that based on people and patriotism that based on territory and locality. These are what we call ‘Nationalism’ and ‘Patriotism’.
Famous Scientist Albert Einstein defines “Nationalism” like that:
Nationalism is an infantile disease.
It is the measles of mankind.
“Patriotism” was defined by Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States, as follows:
Patriotism means to stand by the country.
It does not mean to stand by the president.
If we briefly review the two ideologies, we learn that nationalism is concerned with individual persons, races and groups, and patriotism is concerned with the entire nation.
We can learn that nationalism is held by monarchs and dictators, while patriotism is the fundamental policy of democratic countries. If we look back into world history, the states ruled by nationalists have experienced falling and have been gradually transformed into the democratic system.
It is not a strange thing that democracy is widely accepted as each country is made up of many national races. Therefore, our nation also needs systematic and faster steps in transforming democracy.
We will smoothly transform into a federal Union or new well-disciplined democratic country if we truly understand the differences between nationalism and patriotism.
In 2020 General Election in November, people will have to vote after drawing lessons from the past weaknesses, and we need to collaborate and find solutions for the future of our country, together with other larger political parties in Hluttaw.
As the saying goes, ‘Collective leadership achieves success’, if all ethnic parties are working together in unison, we can resolve an opening to all political and economic hardships that all Myanmar citizens are facing.
As a state ethnic-based party, I would like to request the ethnic people to support local party fully, without any stint of colours. I also want to urge them to stand on their own feet courageously and to vote with that courage.
May all 135 ethnic people have good health and wealth.