State Coun­sel­lor dis­likes word ‘op­po­si­tion’

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State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told the an­nual Hlut­taw ses­sion in Nay Pyi Taw on Thurs­day she dis­likes the word ‘op­po­si­tion’ be­ing used to de­scribe po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

STATE Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said she doesn’t like the word ‘‘op­po­si­tion’’ be­ing used to re­fer to po­lit­i­cal par­ties at the an­nual Hlut­taw ses­sion in Nay Pyi Taw on Thurs­day.

“I have said it fre­quently I don’t like the word. It has a neg­a­tive con­no­ta­tion, and there is a cer­tain edge to the word – of­fen­sive as well as de­fen­sive – which is not con­struc­tive,’’ she said.

Co­op­er­a­tion and crit­i­cism, she seemed to say, are part of a par­lia­men­tary sys­tem where dif­fer­ences of opin­ion are the rule rather than the ex­cep­tion.

She in­vited lead­ers of po­lit­i­cal par­ties who see things dif­fer­ently to her Na­tional League for Democ­racy (NLD) to point out and air their views. She even wel­comed crit­i­cism if need be, but sought hon­est opin­ion and co­op­er­a­tion when the coun­try’s in­ter­ests are at stake.

“We shouldn’t see other po­lit­i­cal par­ties as en­e­mies. That kind of at­ti­tude is not demo­cratic. We may be dif­fer­ent but we can still work to­gether,” said the State Coun­sel­lor.

A mind­set based on co­op­er­a­tion in the face of ad­ver­sity is a true test of ev­ery demo­cratic so­ci­ety, she said, and urged the ju­di­cial, leg­isla­tive and ex­ec­u­tive branches of the govern­ment to work to­gether for the good of the pub­lic. She stressed how im­por­tant it is for Hlut­taw MPS to in­ter­act with each other with a “com­rade” mind­set.

“We need to strengthen our coun­try with a sys­tem that will en­sure peace and sta­bil­ity to the generations to come. I want ev­ery­one to re­mem­ber that po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists only think about next elec­tion, while true politi­cians think only about the next gen­er­a­tion,” said the State Coun­sel­lor.

“We can work with any or­gan­i­sa­tions as long as they have the coun­try’s in­ter­est at heart; ev­ery ci­ti­zen must be able to co­op­er­ate with ev­ery­one,” she said.

The cur­rent par­lia­ment is two years into its term, but, ac­cord­ing to U Thein Htun, USDP MP for Kyaungkone, its ac­com­plish­ments have been far from sat­is­fac­tory.

“The sys­tem of checks and bal­ances leaves much to be de­sired. As ev­ery­one knows. there is ten­sion be­tween Hlut­taw and the govern­ment. What I want is for Hlut­taw to stand up for the truth. This Hlut­taw is bit weak com­pared to the ones be­fore it. And we have to bear with it three more years,” he said.

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