Elites oppose charter change, says MP

MP Thura Aung Ko told the media that constitutional amendment is opposed by a group of people who want to protect their own interests. He said many obstacles to peace will arise if the constitution cannot be changed.
He also said the process of building a true federal union will never be achieved and permanent national peace will be far away even if a nationwide ceasefire agreement is reached if the constitution is not extensively changed.
"Everyone knows that the 2008 Constitution was created to be 99.9 per cent unchangeable. Almost all the people want it to be changed as it is undemocratic. The international community also wants it changed. But a group of people who want to protect their own interests doesn’t want it changed. Where should we stand? For this [small] group or for the people? The answer is clear," he continued.
The MP pointed out that the constitutional amendment is in the hands of the legislative and executive branches and the military, saying that it must be changed in order for a federal republic to be established.
"This is the period of transition for the country. If the legislative and executive branches and the military can reshape the country by taking into account the lessons of the past, their dignity shall live on into the future," he concluded.