Htay Oo takes heat for DVB interview

The Union parliament’s decision to allow white card holders to vote in the referendum on constitutional amendment is the right decision, said Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) vice chairperson Htay Oo in an exclusive interview with Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) on Tuesday.

Kyaunggon residents welcome Ayeyawady student protest

AYEYAWADY – The Ayeyawady Boycott Students’ Column, a group of students from Ayeyawady Region protesting the National Education Law, began their march on February 3. On February 4, the column arrived in Kyaunggon Township, where residents, including farmers, warmly welcomed them by chanting supportive slogans.

Residents also donated cash and gifts to the students.

Evil legacy of white cards should be solved, says USDP official

People have had to suffer the evil legacy of white cards as successive governments have failed to deal with it, said MP Zaw Myint Pe, a central executive committee (CEC) member of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) on February 4.

“There should not be white card holders any longer. White card holders can be found in Kokant region, but the majority of white card holders are in Rakhine State. The government should make a decision about [their citizenship] as quickly as possible,” the MP said.

Suu Kyi: Voters must elect government that represents all

National League for Democracy chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi said it is not enough to vote for one’s desired candidate – voters must strive to build a community that will represent all peoples of Myanmar.
Her words were published in the Dehlaing news journal on February 2.
She said freedom only exists when a person has a right to choose. For example, freedom to choose under penalty of punishment is not real freedom.

Government must prove its reform process is correct: UNFC

The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) has called on the government to openly prove that its reform process is heading in the right direction.

It said President Thein Sein should have transparency in proving that his government's reform process is correct by dealing with current situations through negotiations, not by force.

No activities since formation of new political prisoners panel

Since its formation for about a month, the Committee for Prisoners of Conscience Affairs has not yet called any meetings or adopted any work programmes.

The Presidential Office renamed the Committee for Scrutinising the Remaining Prisoners of Conscience to “Committee for Prisoners of Conscience Affairs" on January 5 in order to handle well the affairs of political prisoners.

A four-party talk to continue on education bill

Nay Pyi Taw – The four-party talks will continue as only seven points have been agreed despite the students’ demand for a nine-point agreement which must include not to take action against students participating in the protest march.

The four-party talks are aimed at strengthening the national education bill. Before the discussions on eleven points originally demanded by the movement committee for democratic education, the student delegates were urged to primarily discuss a nine-point demand.

Voter lists to be published from March

Lists of eligible voters in some townships would be released in March, according to Win Kyi, a member of the Union Election Commission (UEC), told the Daily Eleven.

The nationwide lists for the 2015 election were estimated to be completed by May, he added.

The UEC draws up the lists in three steps, the first from November 2014 to January, the second from December 2014 to March and third from February to May.

Ethnic groups call for federal union

All ethnic armed organisations, including the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), will celebrate the 68th anniversary of Union Day on February 12 if the government agrees to calls from the Union Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) to establish a federal union, says the UNFC.

It called for an agreement to be signed on Union Day to establish a federal union where states had the right to democracy, national equality and autonomy, in accordance with the desires of President Thein Sein’s administration.

Political rights precede economic growth, Suu Kyi says

Taking the wrong political path could undermine economic and social development, said Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy.

She was marking 100 years since the birth of her father Bogyoke Aung San at Pyawbwe, Mandalay Region.