State Counsellor dislikes word ‘opposition’
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.