Burmese Politicians Comment on Thai Coup

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Demonstrators against military rule march toward the Victory Monument in Bangkok May 25, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

RANGOON — Burmese politicians and journalists have taken different stances on the military coup in neighboring Thailand.

Nan Khin Htwe Myint, a central executive committee member of Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), compared Thailand’s and Burma’s histories of military takeovers.

“In Thailand, once the country’s situation returns to normal, the army gives power back to the people. In Burma, it’s been different,” the NLD member said.

She urged the Burmese government, as chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), to respond quickly to the Thai military’s takeover last Thursday.

“They still have failed to do so. I think they have delayed their response because of the army representatives in Parliament,” she said. Twenty-five percent of seats in the Burmese legislature are filled by unelected military representatives.

A lawmaker from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), Hla Swe, agreed that “generally, a coup is not good.”

But the USDP lawmaker, who is also a former lieutenant major, said it was too early to tell whether the military takeover in Bangkok would be positive or negative. “The divide between the Red and Yellow shirts is so intense. Maybe the coup will be an answer for Thai politics. Let’s wait and see how soon the power goes back to the people.”

He added, “As the Asean chair, the [Burmese] government will respond soon.”

Myint Kyaw, secretary of the Myanmar Journalists Network, said intimidation of journalists by the Thai military seemed more intense over the past week than it had during the 2006 military takeover.

“If our Thai counterparts are brave enough to keep doing their jobs, we are ready to show our solidarity with them,” he said.

“I am against military coups. Political problems should be solved through political means,” he added. “The Burmese government is influenced by the military, so they may not be skeptical about the Thai coup.”

Jimmy, a leader of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, said he believed Thai politicians had a responsibility to stop the tradition of coups in a country that has seen 12 military coups in eight decades.

“Thailand is a leading country in Southeast Asia. I don’t want a coup in Thailand as a model for other Asean countries,” he said.

“It shows how national reconciliation is important. If it does not succeed, the army will always be involved in Thai politics. To become a fully-fledged democracy, Thailand shouldn’t have any coups. That’s up to politicians.”

He added, “The Burmese government needs to respond, as [President] Thein Sein is trumpeting Burma as heading toward democracy. He can’t remain silent.”

4 Responses to Burmese Politicians Comment on Thai Coup

  1. I agree with Nan Khin Htwe Myint. This time, we will also see the Thai Army returning power to the democratically elected party way before Myanmar Army returns power to the people. Myanmar Army is self-server while Thai Army is serving the people. That’s the difference. It takes forever for the Myanmar Army to return the ruling power to the people.

  2. Junta is Junta. The Coup will never result positively. Military is not involving to stop between Red and Yellow …. as they are Yellow.
    Free news are now blocked, Red activists and PT party members are captured without warranty.
    Military criticizing are resulted in jail. Social media are hacked. Propaganda is everywhere. This is even worst than ever. Imagine Myanmar in 20 years ago.

    You need to think again to saying non-accountability military government could be positive. It doesn’t matter they are good or not but freedom world needs leaders with accountability.

    During decades, Thai army never ever returned power to people. They still hold power to oust people government whenever they want to.

  3. Maung Lu Aye ( Law ) R.A.S.U 1976

    An Army or The Military,the same. Most of the time or always Using the Iron Fist. No Difference.Thailand is Democratic Monarchy.People love the King.
    No Army should meddling in Politics.Their only place & Responsibily is to Protect the Country & Stay in the Barracks.
    Burma being under Military Rule for more than half a Century.Democratic loving people are so tired,Exausted,Hungry,having Poverty,etc. And the Military Generals are always talking..talking.No Actions,No activities,No Responsibility.And No knowlege of how to Govern the Country and Not their Place.
    Better leave to the Barracks including the so called USDP.Your Aphaygyi Ne Win is gone.No legend & Good Name or Activities left behind.And who read Eulogy at Ne Win’s Funeral?

  4. Burma ( Myanmar ) and Thai is quite diffrent. Thai has King, Myanmar does not has King. Thai Constitution and Myanmar Coinstitution is also quite diffrent. Thai society divided by former Prime Minster Thaksin. But Myanmar society is not divided. Majority Public support ASSK. If Thai military not intervene Thailand can face civil war and northern region can be break away, so Thai military must make coup which is justify and Thai military give back power to public sooner or later. But Myanmar coup makers are power mongers and greedy for making wealth in unjust manner because their successor migrated to this land from Tibet so they are called Tibet-to-Burman tribe in early period of 11th century they had no culture and they have to obtained culture and civilizations from Mon Peoples. Burma is not their original land.

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