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Two Mon Parties Still Fighting About Party Name

By Azan

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Despite mediated efforts by respected Mon community leaders and Mon Buddhist monks, the fighting for a single party name continues for two Mon political parties.

The two parties trying to unite under one name are: All Mon Regions Democracy Party (AMDP) and Mon National Democratic Front (MNDF). The AMDP won 16 seats during the election in 2010. The MNDF was disbanded when the party last won five seats during the election in 1990, those seats which were never granted.

The party's flag of MNDF and logo of AMDP. (Photo:Kaowao)

Since November of last year, despite efforts by Mon Buddhist monks and the community, a joint agreement has not been reached.

Even though Nai Ngwe Thein, the chairman of AMDP has agreed to choose one party name and join the two parties, two ministers from Mon State from AMDP, have not agreed to the proposed changes. The two ministers are Min New Soe and Nai Lawi Oung.

The two ministers said that they did not want to change the name of AMDP as the party already has legal status. They want to use AMDP’s name in the joining of the two parties by reasoning that even members of parliament as well as ministers legally recognize the party’s status. If they agree to join the two parties under a different name, they will have to register again, and therefore forfeit their legal status while completing the process under the combined party and new name.

"We divided into three groups at our last CEC (Central Executive Committee) meeting. The majority agreed to the joining of the two parties. A commission had been formed, and different members were asked their opinions on the subject. The commission found the majority of members to be accepting of the proposed change," said Nai Ngwe Thein, chairman of AMDP.

He added that the mediation to join the two parties has been difficult since some senior AMDP members would rather not become one party.

Min Soe Lin, the secretary of MNDF said, “We want them to join as one party in order to have more power in the future. If there are two parties in Mon State, the Mon will have less power for the election in 2015.”

Nai Soe Myint is an executive member of MNDF. The MNDF is pushing for a new name instead of taking on AMDP’s. MNDF wants to continue discussions with AMDP leaders in the hopes of agreeing to a new name.

The MNDF is planning to register their party after the upcoming election in April. The party leaders still want AMDP to agree to join as one party before the MNDF runs the party’s registration after next months election.

“There will be a birthday celebration for the abbot from Hong Sar Htaw monastery in Thanbyuzayat Township on March 24th. For the monks present at the celebration, this will serve as another opportunity to bring together leaders from both parties in an effort to unite as one and resolve the issue regarding the proposed party’s name,” said Nai Soe Myint.

Fighting between the Mon and Mon is not a good sign for the future hopes of the 2015 election in Burma. The Mon Buddhist monks and the community leaders continue to want the two Mon parties to join together in order to have a powerful party.

“If the monks cannot negotiate this, there will be two political parties representing Mon interests in the future. The other political parties will take votes from our Mon if we are not united,” said Nai Marn, a resident in Moulmein.

Feedback From
Name of sender: Nai Banya Hongsar
Email of sender: channai@hotmail.com
COMMENTS: Dear Mon Leaders / readers

It is not the name that finds difficult to change, but it is rather the peopls's mentality.

We have these names such as
Mon People Front 1948
Mon People United Association led by Mon Pho Cho
MNDF in 1989
NMSP in 1958
MUL in 1995
MAU in 2006
AMRDP 2008

However, the best name we ever have it Monland.

If I may, regardless of the cost of registration, candicates, legal and ministerial status, a unied Mon leaders is the foundation.

In Mon leaders are untied and filed 100 candidates for 2015 election, we serve our people.

Party's name can be simples such as

Monland Democracy Party
Monland Democrat Party
Mon National Party
Monland Labor Party
Mon State Democracy Party
Monland New Democracy Party
Monland National League Party

The name is never shot. However, the shortage is the big picture.

I wish our Mon Leaders come together for untied to serve the people, not the group.

If we are divided again, our chance is tin. NLD will take over major cities.

I am a Mon like other people. I will ask all Mon leaders to put personal view aside, and united for common goal.

If Mon leaders are not united, how can Mon leaders serve the people.

Mon Leaders and new Mon youth leaders cannot win wihout popular support of local Mons.

All old and new Mon leaders, must not create new mistate like two NMSP camps in 1984-1986 and pro MNDF and pro NLD in 1990.

It is all Mons and we must have one party, one name, one policy, one vision, one leader in a time and one leading party in a time.

Our leaders cannot underestimate other party like NLD or UNDP in 2015.

They also need local vote to win a seat.

I wish that our young and local farmers, monks forced them to form one party.

It is time that our leaders listen the people, not one small lobby group.

Time for all Mons is to elect a good leader and to follow the best leader.

If our leader/s have our all support, he or she can win the next election with his colleagues.

Unity is the best weapon!

For the future of Monland, I share my view.

Feedback From
Name of sender: Ougkar
Email of sender: ougkar@gmail.com
COMMENTS: Mon National Party is enough, fresh, old, shot, long, good, bad, strong, weak, hot, cool come and join and work together under Mon National party. It is time to work together, if no lesson from again for us. we don't want it. Please try all leader.

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