People who misuse democracy in favour of dictatorship which goes against democracy and people who try to take over people’s power not in line with democratic practices are dangers to democracy, President Win Myint said, in his message sent to a ceremony to observe the International Day of Democracy 2018 held at the parliament on September 15.
Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi read out the President’s message at the ceremony.
In his message, the President said: “We need to be aware of the risks of bogus democracy. Democracy-related risks involve people who do not want democracy, who wish to destroy democracy, who do not believe in democracy, who believe in democracy but wish to take democratic transition into their own hands leading to the revitalization of dictatorship, who misuse democracy in favour of dictatorship and who wish to take over people’s power not in line with democratic practices. We need to be seriously cautious of those risks.”
Collective strength and concerted efforts exerted by all the nationalities are crucial in building a Democratic Federal Union aspired by all our people. As democratic system is centred on people’s collective strength and power, we have to put people’s aspirations and desires at the forefront. We also need to take account of the basic rights, freedom and minority rights of each and every citizen in a democratic system. Similarly, it is important for people’s representatives to find solutions by consensus and in a transparent manner, the President said.
It is important to create harmony and unity in diversity. Creating harmony and unity would assure the success of the national reconciliation and peace process, emergence of a Federal Union and improvement of the socio-economic life of the people. Peace and stability are fundamental in order to achieve these goals. It is impossible to maintain development without peace. In this regard, I would like to stress that each and every one of us need to do our parts in the interests of the nation and its people, he pointed out.
Myanmar is now on the path to democracy. It can be compared that nascent democracy is like a toddler learning to walk; we have to be careful not to falter at this stage and need to have a right balance. If we wish democracy to survive, we have to respect the rule of law and existing rules and regulations. Basic democratic practices such as patience and forgiveness have to be exercised among individuals and institutions. Compromise, negotiation and coordination are the essence of democracy, which are crucial for a thriving democracy, he said.
The democratic system is based on the theory which stated that “democratic government is to serve the people, not the people are to serve the government”. To nurture democracy, we have to abstain from wrong-doings and it is necessary for all to take part in establishing democratic root to foster peace, development, human rights and rule of law, he added.