One Year In Power: Still A Struggle In Myanmar
I had a chance to watch Myanmar’s reforms after 2011, however, I feel like the Government of Daw Suu Kyi seems to be hailed to high comparing to current standard level. This may be a little absurd but, truly, nothing to say.
From what I know about the situation in Myanmar right now is still not going well like we expected. There are still a lot of numerous problems for Myanmar if this country wants to be like Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines or even Singapore. So why is that?
- Myanmar right now does not have any clear goal to increase its role in the reforms of Myanmar. Despite the reforms seem to be working well, they are still unable to know what could they go with as there are no standard issues for these reforms.
- Government’s power is separated. It is being divided by the majority-controlled civilian group in Hluttaw, but none of them can touch on the remaining 25% belong to the Burmese Tatmadaw military as most of the Generals hold every single important position with no approval from the Government.
- The ethnic myriad civil war in Myanmar has been since 1948 and still no clear answer will it be over or not. Two many minorities disapprove the dominant Burman-led Government and asked for Federal System, but none of these conditions are applied. More violence by the Tatmadaw (Burmese military) against minorities also led to the situation.
- China, the biggest economic power in the region has so many hands in the conflict. China’s role also contributes significantly for the endless unrest in Myanmar, notably the Kachin and Kokang Chinese rebels. There are also numerous players in the conflict, such as Thailand with the Shan rebels.
- The lack of willingness among Burmese Bamar majority on accepting non-Burmans such as the Shans, Rohingyas. Kachins and Karens.
- Mismanagement in Myanmar on its economic and political policies affect on the hope of a growing economy in Myanmar.
There are too many problems inside Myanmar. The debt of high expectation is just about to go on.
When people remain too optimistic over Myanmar under Daw Suu Kyi, it is clear that she has been very silent on ethnic violence in Myanmar, notably she refuses the brutal suppression of Rohingyas, or, ethnic genocide of minorities like Karens, Shans or Kachins; as she shows no sign of pushing a clear goal for Myanmar to change.
While yes that she is under pressure of so many groups of people, she has yet to proven that she can take serious cause for the country. Of course, one year says nothing, but nobody knows will she stop being silence over the conditions there.
Virtually, amidst the conflict in Myanmar, lack of interests on Myanmar also led Myanmar goes with no hope as much as it is going. The conflict also hampers economic growth of Myanmar, as this country has to spend most of the money for military adventures against its own minority rebels. It does get a very bad effect, considering Myanmar is nowhere comparing to most of other Southeast Asian countries.
On the other side, despite having opened the first ever Stock Exchange in Yangon, there is nothing proven to be a change
Daw Suu Kyi seems to need to raise a reality question that – can she really end all of the mess in Myanmar alone?
Absolutely not. She has limited power. Being a State-Counsellor doesn’t give her full power. The military has prevented her from power and they don’t like her. She also does not have anything like her father, the national hero of Myanmar, Aung San. Aung San Suu Kyi doesn’t have clear visions comparing to the time her father was still alive.
For any extent, Aung San Suu Kyi is facing a more difficult test than she imagined.
I do like and respect Daw Suu Kyi, but I think the time is not waiting for Daw Suu Kyi. Without any significant decisions or wrong decisions, Myanmar will go back like how junta had done.