During the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session on February 2, MPs voted to allow holders of temporary identity cards, better known as white cards, to vote in a referendum on amending the constitution.
The 68th Union Day on February 12 ended on an historic note for Myanmar, with the “Deed of Commitment for Peace and National Reconciliation” being a major step in the right direction, writes Aung Naing Oo.
Most of Asia’s leading figures, in politics, academia, business and the media, are feeble, weak-minded, unsophisticated, and devoid of vision and dynamism – or so said Singaporean diplomat Kishore Mahbubani.
In 1963, the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh coined the term “engaged Buddhism”. He did so in order to describe a phenomenon in Buddhism in which one is not simply advised to withdraw from the world in solitary meditation but to combat social and political injustice. Engaged Buddhism is a politically active form of Buddhism.
The children of Myanmar are an important part of the Myanmar economy. They work as servants, factory workers and farm workers – often to replace adults who migrate to get better jobs in neighboring countries.
At the lobbying of the Committee for the Protection of Nationality and Religion, four draft “protection of religion” laws were submitted to parliament by the government, and are now being discussed by MPs.
Myanmar is not just at one crossroad, it is at several. The country is endowed with Asia’s most outstanding location and its economy is the most strategically positioned to benefit from the dual economic ascension of China and India. To achieve this potential, however, it must quickly embrace a global system of capitalism that has evolved around it during 50 years of economic isolation.