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The think­ing of Myan­mar Tat­madaw De­fence Ser­vices has re­mained un­changed as it was in the anti-colo­nial and in­de­pen­dence strug­gle. They still think that the task of de­fend­ing the sovereignty of the na­tion can only be done by Tat­madaw, so it is dif­fi­cult to re­form them.

KoWa – Writer and Colum­nist

Tat­madaw must take time to re­treat from pol­i­tics other­wise it is guar­an­teed cur­rent armed con­flicts will con­tinue.

TheinTunOo – Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Strate­gic Stud­ies Or­ga­ni­za­tion

NThe dif­fer­ence be­tween Myan­mar Tat­madaw and In­done­sian Armed Forces un­der Pres­i­dent Suharto is ex­po­sure for the armed forces to democ­racy. Even be­fore his res­ig­na­tion, Pres­i­dent Suharto was con­vinced and un­der­stood that the Armed Forces must be pro­fes­sional and they must play their role only.

KoWa – Writer and Colum­nist

Peo­ple suf­fer more when civil war breaks out,and they can­not en­joy de­vel­op­ment in the na­tion. I can un­der­stand the Tat­madaw’s con­cerns. The civil­ian gov­ern­ment can­not con­trol and con­tain armed con­flicts. Only the Tat­madaw can do this job. This is right, but we need to es­tab­lish firm democ­racy in the na­tion to do this job.

Ye Htut – Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, House of Na­tion­al­i­ties

Tat­madaw says they have a duty to de­fend the­coun­try from the dan­gers posed by for­eign coun­tries. Now we have acivil war in the coun­try too. Are our eth­nic peo­ple for­eign threats too?

KhaungHaung – Youth Em­pow­er­ment School

Though the source of the birth of th­ese two mil­i­taries is­the same, their his­tory and ex­pe­ri­ences are dif­fer­ent. In­done­sian armed forces have more ex­po­sure to world democ­racy.

KoWa – Writer and Colum­nist

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