Realization of Officialpolitics and Advocacy politics over land issues Myanmar has witnessed aworrying level of land issues which originally stem from military regime. Theinnocent uneducated farmers have lost their farmland, suffered unequal share,being displaced by military authorities.
Even democratic civilian governmenthas trying to take action, nothing remains changed. Thus, I think now is thetime to take care of ourselves when there is no one to rely on. So, inanalyzing what can we do for ourselves, I believe that we can benefit fromrealizing official politics and advocacy politics well.
To realize how they canimpact, we, first and foremost, must know what is official politics? What isadvocacy politics? Official politics is a mean which could provide socialengaging with authorities to shape the politics through voting, writing to MPsand participating in government consultations. Advocacy politics is a dynamicprocess in which dissatisfied people to what authorities are doing are unitedaltogether demonstrating what they are suffering that could lead to people withdifferent interests which would end up being altogether making sure that theirvoice are heard so that the government could no longer neglect it.I will go first with realizationof official politics. It is no doubt true that all the politicians and partieshave been trying to get vote in order to gain political control. As anadvantage, Myanmar is now under democratic government which means voting meanseverything to politicians, not only to those who have now power but also thosehaving high hope for another term. On the other hand, farmers and local ethnicswho are currently suffering land issues has made up 70% of Myanmar population.
Therefore, even when the local suffered people do not know how to make theirsocial claims to be heard, the official politics would have a big impact oncurrent government or next since they could not have a long victory or any forthat matter. Thus, remember that you, the public have an absolute power andyour voice matters the most under democracy. Nobody but you, the public, couldchange those wrongdoings, land grabbing on your own just realizing the officialpolitics well. However, make sure that you use such absolute power in voting apotential one to run the whole country. No biased.
No corruption. Otherwise,you would ruin next term by making yourself suffer more.Speaking of second one,advocacy politics, I think we, Myanmar people, had a good experience with it.We had done such a great job of advocacy politics for Myit Sone Dam projectwhich was suspended under U Thein Sein government on the ground that it givesno benefits but sufferings to public. We might not have labelled or known it asadvocacy politics as we have a very limited political experience. However, inMyit Sone Dam project, we united, attracted people even with differentinterests, demonstrated what we had suffered altogether leading the governmentto take actions even when they had to let their benefit go. Suspended Myit SoneDam project is a best example to us for our current land grabbing issues bymilitary even when the current government uses their usual excuse, a difficultconfrontation to military.
Likewise, if we could use advocacy politics in landgrabbing issues wisely, the government has no choice but to take our voice intheir action. However, make sure that you demonstrated them in peaceful way orotherwise, it could result as your unintended mistakes so that the governmentcould name it “violence” which would probably be ending up not taking yourvoice into action. Make sure you have done it in a peaceful, wise way as if youhad done for Myit Sone Dam project.As time has passed and wehave seen no changes in land issues, I think now is the time to take care ofourselves when there is no one to trust. Besides, we are now under democraticgovernment which means our voice matters most so, make sure yours is heard. Byrealizing the official politics and advocacy politics, I am sure we can achievesome positive results on land issues as we have done great in past.