Transparency crucial in rewriting Myanmar charter: Suu Kyi

By Eleven Media Group | Source: ANN

A group of people writing the Myanmar constitution needs to be respected by the people and its writing is also required to have transparency, chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi of the National League for Democracy (NLD) said.

The move came from her meeting with Myanmar families in Japan on April 13.

The organisation writing the constitution needs to be complete and have greater transparency. It is also respected and believed by the people, Suu Kyi said.

The people will accept the constitution because it has transparency. If the people have unacceptable points in it, they must have the right to criticise them. Seeking the approval from the people is of great importance before writing the constitution.

Although the responsible persons make decision on the points that should be included in the constitution, the attitude and desire of the people are key factors in writing the constitution.

The current constitution should be rewritten before 2015 and it is not fair for the 2015 election, Suu Kyi said.

As to questions raised from abroad, Suu Kyi replied that she thought the 2015 election would be free, but the constitution was not fair.

In chaning the word “Burma” to Myanmar, the wish of the people was not asked. Burma means Bama nationalities. Myanmar means all ethnics, it is not an exact reason. It is used in literature. The word Myanmar does not represent all ethnics, Suu Kyi said.

I don’t understand the reason of changing the name. Some said it is an astrological point. I don’t totally agree on that. The reputation of a country is more important than its name. The name of the country needs not to be changed, the NLD chairperson said.

Regarding Letpadaungtaung copper mine project, Suu Kyi replied that she already considered there were those who did not want to accept the findings and suggestions of the Investigation Commission. She believed in democracy. That was because of different opinions of the people. If the questions cannot be answered and the protests accepted, don’t go into the politics.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s foreign visit was the second time during 2013 and she has started her visit to Japan on April 12 and would return home on April 19.

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