Democratic progress must be evaluated by all, says Suu Kyi

All facets of Myanmar society must objectively review the country’s progression toward democracy as of the 67th Independence Day, said Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), at an Independence Day ceremony at Royal Rose restaurant in Yangon on January 4.

“We all need to objectively review our journey toward democracy. I want something different. We must view events as they actually are. If progress exists only in our imaginations, it will be useless to us,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.

“My father said that the independent state deserves democracy. The public is the most suitable force to govern the state. If a small group of people controls the rest of the people, it cannot be called freedom. If the people do not enjoy freedom, the country is not free,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.
“We, the NLD, want only democratic systems to enable the people to enjoy freedom. Therefore, we need to review how much success we have achieved in realising the goals of the fathers of our independence until the 67th Anniversary of Independence Day. If we have goals that are in line with the goals of independence fathers, we are required to consider how to achieve them,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.
“On every Independence Day, we listen to readings of the message of the Independency Day. Just listening to the message is not enough; we must learn what spirits are being instilled in us. We must nurture these spirits. Only when the listeners follow them with action will the message be meaningful,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.

“Everyone knows that 2015 is an especially important year for the country. Therefore, the NLD will have to work harder and be more diligent. We must train ourselves to be more forward-thinking,” she said.

“We regained independence. But we must consider whether this is the independence the people longed for. Sovereign Myanmar regimes believed that the country’s natural resources would never run out, and as a result, our natural resources almost an out. Many ideas espoused by our governments are have been unacceptable,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.

“Violence in the last few years has caused the people to be panic and rule of law to become weak. The people are worried about their security,” said NLD leader Tin Oo.

“Destructive elements in the government may create violence in 2015. Misfortune may yet come about in the country. We must cultivate constructive minds in all of our action. In doing so, we can improve the chances of nationwide peace, and the image of the country will become better and better,” Tin Oo said.