Thursday, September 21, 2017

Tatmadaw involved in politics ‘to help government’

Tatmadaw’s involvement in politics is just to help the government, Colonel Aung Myint Oo, Head of local and international relation department, National Defence College (NDC), said Sunday.

“The purpose of Tatmadaw’s involvement is to help solve the issues for the government,” he told the media on the last day of “Forum on Myanmar Democratic Transition” held at Myanmar International Convention Center II in Nay Pyi Taw.

“The government is important. In handling the issues to be in order and trying to be organized, when the government cannot solve by itself, it will have to use the Tatmadaw,” he said.

Discussing under “Transition from Tatmadaw Administration to Civilian Administration” on the first day, Colonel Aung Myint Oo said that removing the Tatmadaw from politics is impractical as it is necessary to strengthen the government in addressing security issues.

The Tatmadaw will have to be a part of the government organization to be utilized, he stressed.

“As long as there are issues that cannot be solved by the government alone, the Tatmadaw will be used by the government,” Colonel Aung Myint Oo said.

“Security issues and national interests cases are also present in other countries. In USA, there is no direct threat to their country. But as they are the superpower, their interests are present in all over the world including the Middle East,” he added.

“In this regard, USA has to rely on their military power. Without military power, they cannot strengthen themselves,” he said. “For Myanmar to be like that, we still need a lot to do.”

He told The Myanmar Times that he couldn’t conclude on Myanmar’s transition to democracy because there are outstanding local and international issues, which are assumed to be already solved and possible issues in the future.

“We can only say depending on how we have successfully overcome the difficulties and issues on the way to democracy. Time framework will also depend on it. If the time frame is reduced without having addressed the situations, there may be more chances of failure.” he said.

The role of the Tatmadaw still exist in democratic transition, Amyotha Hluttaw MP U Aung Kyi Nyunt said.

“It is because, at present, we are under the 2008 Constitution. One thing is that the tasks of the Tatmadaw must be perceived as duty to the country. If it is seen as a right, it will be very dangerous.” he said.