Competitive political parties to run in the Nov 8 general elections are boosting campaign activities in all parts of the country. The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) is also accelerating it campaign moves in full swing while President Thein Sein, the chair of the USDP, is also making frequent visits at the same time.
The visits of the president are not similar to those of the previous years. It is fair to say that his visits are not formal, seeming that he is carrying out canvasses when the election is approaching. (The article about the visit of the president will be written later).
Today, the State-owned Kyehmon (The Mirror) daily carried Myanmar translation article about “Keep it up, Mr President” written by Than Htay originally stated in Global New Light of Myanmar daily issued on October 18.
The article stated “We, the pensioners (at least, most of us) admire and respect your probity, benevolence and courage.
You are still our hero on three counts. They are, first, your intrepid suspension of that infernal Myitson Project, second, your benevolent presidential decree that gave substantial boost in our paltry pensions, and third, your righteous and resolute stand on the issue of illegal Bengali infiltrators from Bangladesh in Rakhine State against the concerted but unjustified pressure from the UN, UK, US, OIC and some Muslim countries.”
The State-owned newspapers indirectly showcased their support for the president’s electoral campaigns and were mentioning positive performances of the president. Presidential spokesperson Ye Htut, was sharing good works of the president. In this situation, are such attempts similar to election campaigns?
U Tin Naing Thein, the general secretary of the ruling USDP, said in his interview with BBC that the victorious USDP would nominate Thein Sein as president. Therefore, the State-owned dailies seem that they are lobbying for the ruling USDP.
Those supporting the president are placing special emphasis on Myitsone and Bengalis issues. The USDP candidates said in their campaigns that the people could use mobile phones and vehicles in its glory time. But we should analyze such progresses whether they are real changes. What about the problems of the basic needs of the people (food, clothing and shelter)? What does the government do for the people?
Rise of basic needs of the people during three fiscal years.
The people should review the real situation under the current presidential tenure. Anyhow if the president wants a next term, he must take responsibility for the real figures.
It is an undeniable fact that a big gap had opened up between the rich and the poor. Anyone can assess whether our country is making progress. This is because the people are facing all forms of difficulties. Per capital income does not climb up considerably. The prices of basic commodities are skyrocketing.
Let me raise a question why the prices of basic commodities are climbing up before and after presidential terms.
Under Thein Sein Administration, access to mobile phones become easier. But we don’t know how much per capital income is for every person. A person trying to earn K 3,600 per day is not easy to afford top-paid cards. He cannot think of health care cost.
In the time of the president, there has been an increase in the number of mobile phones, but the president should express how much development took place in the country. There has been a change in bus fare in the transport sector.
The president should know highway bus fare gap before and after presidential terms.
The prices of basic commodities are soaring now and it is in a worst situation. The president could not adjust the high prices of basic commodities despite raising the basic salary of the governmental staff.
The government raised salary for the civil servants up by Ks 20,000 in 2013. The salaries climbed up considerably beginning in June 2013.
Up to now, the prices of commodities remain high; the people are suffering gradually increased prices of commodities.
According to the graph, the prices of commodities are gradually increasing.
The price of pork was K 5,900 in 2012-2013, and became K 6,320 in 2013-2014. In 2014-2015, the pork price is K7,100. The price of chicken is K 5,400 in 2012-2013. We need K 5,800 in 2012-13. There was more than K 6,000 in 2014-2015.
Rice is the key role among the commodities. The rice price takes place. In comparison with other foreign countries, the rise and fall of rice price take place quickly. The World Bank issued the statement during August that the rice price increased by more than 40 percent. Anyone can assess the situations.
The basic commodity prices from 2006 to 2010 are more those from 2011 to 2015. The prices of commodities became higher as a result of political instability after 2007 Saffron revolution. At that time, the prices of commodities are not higher than those in 2012 to 2015.
The commodity prices from 2010 are higher than those from 2006. It is expected that there would be from 2 to 15 percent. The statistics showed that the commodity prices during the presidential term became higher up to 90 percent.
In comparison with the commodity prices before the previous presidential term, those in 2015 were high from 10 to 50 percent.
Under such circumstance, if a next tenure is considered, the people will not accept. The country’s economy will become worse and instabilities will come into sight. In this state, it should not be said that the country flourishes and develops. Increased number of the phones and cars does not improve the social-economic life of individuals.
There has been a big gap between the poor and the rich. It is not a real living standard, either. Up to now, Myanmar citizens are going abroad and working as migrant workers. The working class persons are overburdened fulfilling their daily needs.
As a result of difficulties in economy, Myanmar women are being exported to foreign countries as slaves. In such situation, what will the president do next? How will the president clarify these situations under this tenure? If a next tenure is considered, responsibilities should be assumed for those figures.