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The Truth Must Prevail & The Revolution Must Prevail

By Bungtla Vakok

The Truth Must Prevail:

I just read Thant Myint U’s article, he tries to write from a historian point of view but a little bit pushing down the way branding the image on the leader of NLD’s defacto leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (I wish he could write better on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in a more appropriate and positive way as she deserved).

Min Aung Hlaing (leader of military rebel/terrorist/robber) meeting with the most unwanted guest on earth.

I strongly disagree with him on the existence of electoral fraud. Why didn’t he raised vote rigged by military force (soldiers who were sent to the front line or tribal areas voted twice before leaving based and re-vote again in front line territory, forcefully instructed to vote only for military back USDP party through pre-voting)? Why omitted to raise some of the USDP members who have counterfeit electoral seals in order to steal votes and committing crimes? NLD has won the election not only 60% but over 87%. Don’t ever count that the military’s 25% seats were to be counted from the election. The military seats are reserve without contesting an election but by unfair 2008 constitution and illegally designated against the wills of people.

Although Than Myint U is a Ph.D. scholar and handsomely benefitted from the image of U Thant associating with U Thein Sein’s inner circle group and being bought for cooperation for some years ago has damaged his grandfather. Therefore his motives are not always sincere anymore. Somehow a little bit covered up for the military group by degrading NLD’s success as a minor achievement and tried to raise his image as a neutral historian.

You all may judges by yourself after reading the following articles:

“Tension had been mounting for weeks. Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and the country’s de facto ruler since 2016, won a thumping victory in last November’s elections. Taking more than 60 per cent of the vote, she was set to consolidate her hold over Burmese politics, vowing to push for constitutional changes that would limit further the army’s once limitless powers.

Her opponents, the pro-army Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), claimed massive electoral fraud. The elections were certainly not free and fair. More than a million people, including Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh, were denied the right to vote and polls were cancelled in several constituencies, most of them with large ethnic minority populations. But according to independent observers, despite these problems, there was little to suggest fraud on the scale alleged.

In 2010 the dictator General Than Shwe, about to turn 80, retired. He had prepared a new power-sharing constitution. The army had wanted this for more than a decade but it had been rejected by Aung San Suu Kyi as undemocratic since it gave the army control of the security ministries as well as an automatic quarter of seats in parliament. Than Shwe also set up the USDP, which he expected to dominate the political landscape.

The first president under the new system was Thein Sein, a former general. Along with a cabinet of other reformist ex-generals he veered far beyond Than Shwe’s script, bringing in the liberalisations that convinced the West that democracy might indeed be around the corner. They angered China by suspending a multi-billion-dollar hydropower project and seeking peace with the ex-communist forces that Beijing had long supported, not through Chinese mediation but with the help of the Europeans, Americans and Japanese. They also opened up the telecoms sector to foreign operators, leading to billions of dollars in investment and a revolution in connectivity. In 2011 almost no one had a phone; in 2016 most people had smartphones and were on Facebook.”

At least understand the feeling of people how they have been terrorized by Min Aung Hlaing led military rebel and his historian points of view approach articles should be fairer for civilians instead of indirectly playing down the acts of military’s brutality.

What is your opinion on his motive?

The whole article can be read here ( https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2021/march/what-next-for-burma )


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