Moral rev­o­lu­tion needed to achieve ‘real democ­racy’: NLD leader

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Myan­mar needs a moral rev­o­lu­tion if it is to achieve real democ­racy, says Na­tional League for Democ­racy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

A rev­o­lu­tion was in­com­plete un­less it was ac­com­pa­nied by cul­tural up­heaval and a rev­o­lu­tion of morals, she told more than 100 writ­ers at an event held by the NLD at Yangon's Royal Rose Restau­rant on Au­gust 25.

“Some call the 1988 democ­racy move­ment a demo­cratic rev­o­lu­tion but we must launch a moral rev­o­lu­tion if we are ever to achieve real democ­racy,” said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Only if you rev­o­lu­tionise your soul or change your mind-set, will there be real rev­o­lu­tion,” she said.

The NLD leader said it was the role of writ­ers to help es­tab­lish the cul­ture nec­es­sary for democ­racy to flour­ish.

Asked about the NLD's stand on laws in­volv­ing the print­ing and pub­lish­ing in­dus­try, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said there had been no dis­cus­sion about it be­tween her party and the me­dia sec­tor.

“We did not ob­ject to the [Pub­lish­ing and Print­ing] bill in the hlut­taw be­cause we un­der­stood that the press and writ­ers had al­ready ne­go­ti­ated with the au­thor­i­ties and agreed to its con­tent,” she said.

The NLD leader sug­gested there needed to be more en­gage­ment be­tween writ­ers and the NLD in fu­ture.

She said writ­ers must do more to help the pub­lic un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion in Myan­mar and must also help to tell the world that Myan­mar was not yet a full democ­racy.

One of the writ­ers at the event, San San Nwe, told the meet­ing that she be­lieved dis­trac­tions were af­fect­ing the abil­ity of the me­dia to fo­cus on im­por­tant na­tional is­sues.

“When Sec­tion 436 [con­sti­tu­tional re­form] was on the agenda, there was bloody con­flict in Man­dalay; when pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion was be­ing dis­cussed, the sal­vage op­er­a­tion for a huge bell was in the news,” said San San Nwe.

“Writ­ers should help the peo­ple distin­guished be­tween what is im­por­tant and what is not,” she said.

(Aye Myint San)

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi speak­ing at Yangon’s Royal Rose Restau­rant on Au­gust 25 when she called for a moral rev­o­lu­tion to es­tab­lish "real democ­racy" in Myan­mar. Photo: Hein Htet

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