Regional NLD members disillusioned with party leaders

Jan 9, 2009 (DVB)-Members of regional National League for Democracy branches are becoming increasingly disillusioned with the party leadership for not acting on their suggestions, according to an elected member of parliament.

Aung Soe Myint, the elected people’s parliament representative in Taung-ngu township’s voting zone 1 in 1990, said many regional NLD members felt the party’s Central Executive Committee was not taking their suggestions into account.

"Most of the NLD organising wing members in other townships outside Rangoon are now less keen to attend meetings at headquarters as they are frustrated with the CEC for not giving significant attention to what they say," he said.

Regional NLD members had asked party leaders to include capable younger members on the CEC and to convene a parliamentary conference.

"We want [party leaders] to be more enthusiastic as leaders of the group and that’s why we made this request to them to give positions to youth members on the CEC," Aung Soe Myint said.

"We are not very happy with the results. We have been asking the committee to call a conference for our people’s parliament representatives, but they rejected that idea because of the difficulties in getting all of us together, government harassment and so on," he continued.

"But they never look for alternative plans. They can’t just reject the idea because there are difficulties because then it will never happen."

Myint Myint Aye, secretary of Meikhtila NLD, said morale was low in regional branches.

"Now we have no work to do as we do not get any direction from the CEC," she said.

"We are depressed and morale is low. The NLD is slowly fading away in every township in Burma."

NLD information wing member Nyan Win said party leaders were open to suggestions from members.

"NLD leaders always welcome ideas and suggestions from them. But there are just so many things to follow up at the same time," Nyan Win said.

"The leaders have to keep the ideas in mind and implement them when the time is right," he said.

"But we can’t just take up everyone’s suggestions."

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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