Our country won’t be independent if people continued being oppressed: Aung San Suu Kyi

Despite regaining independence, if the people live under oppression, it cannot be said that our country is a sovereign state, Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), said.

Bago observed the mass meeting to make centenary celebrations of Bogyoke’s birthday on January 3, attended by Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Myanmar already regained her independence, but the people are living under oppression, this is why, our country is not a sovereign state,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.

She added that Bogyoke Aung San and his comrades managed to regain the independence for the country. The duty of the generations is to sustain the independence to be more realistic. To do so is not enough for a single generation, but successive generations will be responsible for that.

“If my father were alive, he would be almost 100 years old. My father died when he was hardly 33 years old. We need to rethink how much we have done for the objectives of the independence. How much freedom and security have we restored? Freedom and security are always related together,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.

“I often heard during 20 to 30 years of some people saying Myanmar people don’t deserve democracy yet. Those people are the ones who do not want to pave the way for democracy. The country needs to create democratic rights to the people while trying to develop democracy. The government must absolutely believe the people and recognise their qualifications when it provides democratic rights. The duty of the people is not to abuse the democratic rights. The rights and responsibility are always together. I believe the people can perform these duties. Moreover, I believe our country deserves democracy,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.

“The NLD did not pledge itself to fulfill the requirements of the entire people. The people need to try to secure the rights capable of meeting with the requirements,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.

“Only those who lack leadership skills fail to keep a promise and do not deserve the role of leadership,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.

Aung San Suu Kyi held separate meetings with town elders and officials of the NLD from Bago Region prior to the mass meeting and then paid homage to Shwe Mawdaw Pagoda. After that she attended the mass meeting.

Failing to keep a promise to the people is the lack of leadership qualities.