Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Suu Kyi calls for young NLD members to prepare for greater roles

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:34 Ko Pauk

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Aung San Suu Kyi has told a youth meeting she wants more young members in the National League for Democracy (NLD) party and they should prepare themselves to assume greater responsibilities.

NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi at a young people's meeting
on Tuesday. Photo: NLD Youth
A meeting of about 80 young members  from seven states and regions including Mandalay, Sagaing, Magwe regions and Shan, Kachin, Chin and Kayah states was held at party headquarter on Tuesday, the first meeting between Suu Kyi and young members from upper Burma.

‘She told us to prepare ourselves to replace the senior party members when they retire from their duties. She also urged us to pay respect to these elders’, Myo Nyunt told Mizzima.

Suu Kyi talked about inducting more young members and placing them in learning positions throughout the organization, he said.

Vice Chairman Tin Oo also urged young members to frankly discuss political issues and the party’s affairs. Aung San Suu Kyi discussed the differences between adults and young members and said such differences are negotiable.

A young NLD member asks Suu Kyi a question on Tuesday.
The Mandalay Region Youth Works Implementing group in-charge Zaw Zaw Aung told Mizzima that change could be expected only if the role of youth members was strengthened.

‘The role of youth will be more important in the future. The people who attended this meeting discussed this issue enthusiastically. The young people want to assume more duties in the party’, he said.

The NLD has had a Central Youth Group in the past but it is now defunct due to various difficulties. It has now been reestablished as the Central Youth Works Implementing Group.

Suu Kyi also said that youth members should network with non-NLD youth. She will meet young members from Rangoon, Bago, Tanintharyi, Irrawaddy, Karen, Mon and Rakhine states and regions on Wednesday.

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