88-Generation students apply for registration as Four Eights party
Eleven Myanmar, 20 Dec 2017
A registration application was submitted to the Union Election Commission in Nay Pyi Taw on December 19 in order to set up a political party with the name of “Four Eights”.
“Colleagues working from the various fields were asked to assemble at Dhamapiya Monastery in Thingangyun Township, Yangon Region,” spokesman Ko Ko Gyi said.
“We all discussed and decided what we would name the party, how to create the flag logo and how to draft the party’s constitution. According to the decision of the plenary meeting, the party registration would be submitted to the commission by December. For this we all made efforts. Today our dream comes true.
“The main policies have been laid down. The party was established based on equal rights, ethnic equality, and establishment of democratic federal Union and implementation of free and fair market oriented-system.
“Apart from these, policies on labour, peasant and youth affairs as well as international relations would appear as the party’s objectives,” Ko Ko Gyi said.
Asked why Four Eights party has entered the political field and what it hopes for Myanmar’s politics, Ko Ko Gyi replied that “we enter the political field by setting up the political party by reason of our sense of duty and sense of responsibility”.
“The first thing I would like to tell you is that our country has misunderstandings concerning words. Some say setting up a political party means to want power. We want to make this point absolutely clear. We have already passed 30 years. All the people know whether we want power or not. We do politics because of sense of duty and sense of responsibility.
“We want to response nothing about the criticism of using ‘8888’ as the name of political party. We will go ahead along with our objectives to be able to continue supporting the chants of the public uprising we value.
“If there were any objection to the use of the name of the political party, we would face a legal procedure,” Ko Ko Gyi said.
The Four Eights party has now more than 1,000 members. It will join hands with parties that have similar beliefs and policies.