Burma’s Constitution by Maung Maung LL.D. (auth.)

By Maung Maung LL.D. (auth.)

This is an try to examine and interpret the structure of the Union of Burma which has now handed its 10th yr. A structure learn outdoors the context of constitutional historical past is incomplete, and i've, consequently, attempted to track the advancements which culminated within the structure; then learn its very important beneficial properties in regards, the place invaluable, to the heritage within which they took form and shape; and, whereas learning how the structure has been operating, contact evenly on modern occasions and tendencies. it's a titanic canvas i'm attempting to disguise and what i'm able to draw on it will unavoidably be sketchy. yet i don't write as a historian whose concentration is on element in a slender region. really, having dug and accumulated the proof, I hint their sweep in historical past. the main points I willingly and fortunately depart to the historians, hoping in basic terms that my learn can be of a few use to them, if simply as a objective for his or her realized feedback. a few of the occasions and folks I describe are nonetheless too close to, and a transparent viewpoint is consequently tricky. what's nearest seems greatest, and that i frequently locate it tempting to determine and settle for that Burma's historical past as a brand new autonomous country all started with the scholars' strike of 1936 or the resistance stream throughout the moment international War.

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M. A. Raschid, now Minister of Mines, December, 1956: U Kyaw Nyein, Deputy Premier in charge of National Economy, March, 1955; U Ba Swe, Deputy Premier in charge of National Security, March, 1956; Bo Khin Maung Gale, Minister for Finance and Revenue, July, 1954; U Tun Win, Minister for Co-operatives, October, 1955; U Ria Maung, Burma's Ambassador to Peking, July, 1955; U Nyo Mya, October, 1958. 37 friend Nyo Mya, author of the famous and fateful 'Hell Hound at Large' article. There were others too who worked hard to keep the strike going, who collected the funds and the food parcels and kept the morale up: Khin Maung Gale, U Ohn, Tun Win, Tun On, Thi Han, and a host of others.

23 used force on the one hand to suppress the rising, and on the other it tried to appease with offer of amnesty and rewards. For long months the guerrilla war continued, but in the end Saya San fell into the hands of the police while retreating into the Shan State where he hoped to get rest and recuperation from his illness with malaria, resources to rebuild his army, and, if possible, contacts in China which might supply modem arms. The rebellion gave heart to nationalist leaders everywhere. In the Legislative Council, members were careful to disown any association with the rebellion, but they pressed the Government hard for a grant of general amnesty, and severely took it to task when its cruel and excessive measuressuch as the beheading of the Galon dead and the exhibition of the heads at police stations in the affected areas - were exposed.

Proceedings, P·9· Burma Round Table Conference, Proceedings of the Committee of the Whole Conference, p. 177, Government Press, Rangoon, 1932. 28 it a name and appoint himself leader. Dr. Ba Maw, with his good looks, his special cut of clothes, his musical voice and his well-trained gestures, was an immediate hit with the villagers to whom his mystical message was: 'Separate! ' For separation were the People's Party, the former 'Twenty-One Party', led by U Ba Pe, U Pu and U Thein Maung, and the Independent Party (or the 'Golden Valley Party' named after the aristocratic suburbs where the leaders of the party lived) led by Sir J.

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