Monday, 2 April 2012

Creating History in Burma

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the people's conscience
We are still waiting to hear the results from yesterday's elections in Burma, but are optimistic the National League for Democracy (NLD) party led by Aung San Suu Kyi will win the vast majority of the seats it was contending for.

It is incredible that after almost 15 years of house arrest Suu Kyi is running for a seat in the Lower House of Parliament as the official opposition.

The NLD is projecting winning 43 of the 44 seats, which will be a major victory, but is only a drop in the bucket compared to the total 664 seats in the Lower and Upper houses, State and Regional assemblies.

Nevertheless if Suu Kyi wins in her constituency, it will finally legitimize her voice and the ruling military junta will have to at least listen to her as she is the conscience of the people.

There are lots of expectations heaped on the 66 year old; the people believe she will help the country get out of poverty, but does she really have the solution? She may have the encouraging words and beliefs, but does she have a pragmatic economic plan?

In any event just the elections themselves are a historic moment in the country's history and today she declared outside the NLD headquarters in Rangoon:

"It is not so much our triumph as a triumph of the people who have decided that they have to be involved in the political process in this country," she said. "We hope this is the beginning of a new era.

"We hope that all other parties that took part in the elections will be in a position to cooperate with us to create a genuinely democratic atmosphere in our nation."

Another aspect of this election is that many NLD candidates vying for the seats are young and inexperienced; they will be looking to Suu Kyi to carry the party.

Living under house arrest was a challenge. But now leading a party and representing the people in Parliament will be another.

We hope she is up to the monumental task as the nation is depending on her to voice their grievances and provide solutions.

We wish the Lady good luck in her and Burma's next chapter.


  1. i earnestly hope her health will be able to hold up. she is really frail after years of mental and physical torture,emotional anguish in isolation, poor nutrition, and lack of medical care.

  2. The fact that she's gone this far is amazing in itself. She seems to have endless energy to fight for the good of all.