Academic journal article Southeast Asian Affairs

MYANMAR's GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: Economic and Political Uncertainty

Academic journal article Southeast Asian Affairs

MYANMAR's GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: Economic and Political Uncertainty

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Tin Maung Maung Than

Myanmar, officially known as the Union of Myanmar, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary of independence on 4 January 1998. That event was the first major national celebration for the ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) which inherited the organs of state power from its predecessor, the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC), in November 1997. As such, the following national objectives in commemoration of the "Golden Jubilee Independence Day" were enunciated:

All citizens to always collectively safeguard perpetuation of national independence and sovereignty.

All citizens unitedly strive for non-disintegration of the Union and non-disintegration of national solidarity,

All citizens to conscientiously implement the projects for building a modern developed new nation, and

All citizens to be united in endeavouring for the emergence of an enduring constitution. (Myanmar Toda y, Commemorative Issue, 1998, p. 1 ).

These are not new objectives but are reformulations of the "Three Main National Causes" and two of the "Four Political Objectives" that had been established by the SLORC and are currently appearing in all Myanmar publications. …

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