When public debate heats up Mizzima reviews the landscape of opinion and prints the most poignant quotes in favour and against.
Few would dispute that Myanmar’s media has seen a major transformation since the shackles were removed after President U Thein Sein’s came to power in 2011. Pre-publication censorship ended in August 2012, daily newspaper licences have been issued to the private sector and exiled media organisations, such as Mizzima, Irrawaddy and the Democratic Voice of Burma, have been allowed to return home.
|Ko Min Ko Naing of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society Organization at a rally in Mandalay to bring the message for the need to change the 2008 Constitution. Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima|
The constitution amendment process is entering the full-swing phase. Central to it is the work of the hluttaw constitution amendment committee and I expect the tenth session of parliament will be devoting quite a bit of time to this matter. And outside parliament, public rallies and marches are being organized to call for constitutional reform.
On March 7, a twelve-member Presidential Commission was formed to draft two bills – one on religious conversions and the other on population growth rate control. According to the notification, representations from monks and lay public have reached the President, and the Union Speaker, too, has intimated that in consequence the government should draft these two laws. News reports say that 1.3 million signatures had been collected last year on the petition that was sent to the President.