Htoe Myar — BNI Election Newsroom recently interviewed U Pe Du, a National League for Democracy (NLD) candidate that won a Lower House seat in Hpruso Township, Karenni State.
Q: Now that you won in the recent election what are your future plans?
A: The public has entrusted us with a duty so we will do as they ask of us.
Q: Do you have proposals you plan to submit when you enter Parliament?
A: I’m thinking of proposing a state compensation to family members who lost loved ones from fighting between the Myanmar Armed Forces and non-state armed groups.
Q: What plans have you considered for Karenni State?
A: The people elected me so I will ask them what their needs are. After, I will submit these to Parliament.
Q: What changes have you considered in education and health sectors?
A: It’s impossible for us (on a state level) to decide on these changes. But we have a good leader, and I think Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will give us proper instructions on what should be done.
Q: In the more remote areas of Karenni State what do they need?
A: The three main necessities that are lacking in remote areas are education, water supply and good roads to improve transportation.
Q: Will you support initiatives that promote Karenni literature in the state?
A: There’s no reason not to promote Karenni literature and I have told teachers they have my full support.
Q: Do you think Karenni literature will be allowed to be taught in school?
A: Currently Karenni literature isn’t’ being taught at the University for the Development of Ethnic Races. But if teachers can teach it in state schools, there’s no reason why it can’t be taught in university.
Q: How will you cooperate with ethnic Bamar residents living in Karenni State?
A: If they cooperate with us they will receive our welcome. If they have started to change their mindset during this new transition in our country then there’s no reason why we all can’t join hands.
Q: Do you think this recent election was fair?
A: For the most part it was fair, but there were some incidents of conflicts between different parties during campaigning.
Q: Are you satisfied with winning the election?
A: Yes, during advance voting I only received six votes and the USDP received all 335 ballots. After this I found that I wasn’t far behind (a USDP candidate. For the rest of the election I wasn’t worried at all.
Q: Do have anything else to add?
A: The public has given me the duty to fulfill and I want to say that I will work for them with all my strength and wisdom.
Name: U Pe Du
Education: Graduate of University for the Development of Ethnic Races.
Translated by Thida Linn
Edited by BNI staff