Constitution needs changing ‘as we have two governments’

Writer: 
Kyaw Zin Win
The much-criticised Constitution drafted by military regime in 2008 needs changing, as two governments – the Tatmadaw and NLD-dominated parliament – have emerged, Khun Tun Oo, chairman of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), said.
 
Khun Tun Oo, who won a second term in office, made this remark in his speech opening the third annual meeting of the Committee for Shan State Unity (CSSU) in Chiang Mai on Thursday, according to a televised report from Radio Free Asia news agency.
 
“If the Constitution is not amended, whatever we do, everything for us will remain unchanged. Nothing will be changed. All are because of the Constitution. Now, two governments are in view. Tatmadaw is one kind and the parliament, another one. We have no idea which one is in power,” Khun Tun Oo said.
 
If people want to change important parts of the 2008 Constitution, his party would seek approvals from 75 per cent of parliamentarians, he said. But support from the Tatmadaw would be key to doing this. If the Tatmadaw did not support charter change, it would be difficult to make amendments, Khun Tun Oo said.
 
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said in a meeting with Robert Chua, the ambassador of Singapore, in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday that a democratic system chosen by the people needs to be successful. “All of us are working together.” 
 
The Constitution was drafted based on historic events, the situation of different ethnic groups and the geographical seeing of Myanmar. Although the Constitution could not be described as flawless, some facts should be amended. But we should not rush too early to do make such changes, he said.  
 
The Committee for Shan State Unity (CSSU), which is made up of the Shan State Joint Action Committee (SSJAC), Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP), and Restoration Council for Shan State (RCSS) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Shan State and other areas. It was formed in October 2013. The CSSU’s first alternate chairman was Lt-General Ywet Sit. The current chairman is Khun Tun Oo. 
This annual meeting will decide on re-election for the chairman’s position, plus the focus of future tasks.