Burma under Thein Sein’s regime Development or deterioration Today, most of all Burmese people inside and outside are so interested looking upon a new government led by President Thein Sein. It also gives me to think thoroughly the issues and as well analysis upon others’ perspective in line with the changes happening in Burma. If I look not profoundly, it seems to show that there is possibility for change through evolutionary process which I suppose most of analysts fall into it or hope to happen. I am not argue upon different perspectives but what I want to bring here is that just taking perspective presented by Robin Cooper and Robert Kaplan of strategic analysis of the activities performed by the organization. It is an interesting model which can be utilized in any organization, personal life regardless of the size, but depends on realistic collection of the data and thorough analysis needs to be accomplished. The model presented that the activity can be categorized into four areas - 1) essential and value added 2) essential, not value added 3) not essential, value added 4) not essential, not value added. I took that model to look upon Mr. Thein Sein’s activities whether they are performing strategically for the country or not. First and foremost important is the activity which is essential and value added should be performed, invest and monitor for continuous improvement. For Burma, the government has to create peace with all parties involved legally registered or still fighting with the government inclusive of all organizations, releasing all political prisoners unconditionally, officially call for amnesty, those are essential, valued added for current and future generations which Mr. Thein Sein’s government has not performed and I have not seen any signs lead to that trend. Secondly, the activity which is essential, not valued added that still needs to perform currently but should not utilize too much time upon it. In relation to current issues in Burma, holding meetings and press releases about the intention and explanation how to perform the development that is essential but not really adding the values and so Mr. Thein Sein’s government should not spend too much time upon it.
Thirdly, the activity which is not essential but adding the value for the organization which still needs to perform but in the future, it needs to integrate into essential category. The organization should not focus in that area for most of their time, and only needs to do is that it should minimize the activities. Lastly, the activity which is not essential and not adding the values that has to be eliminated.
If I take the snap shot from above model, Mr. Thein Sein’s government strategy is falling in performing last category that is the activity not essential, and not adding the value for the country which has to be eliminated. However, they are actively performing in that category like holding illegitimate parliament, selling the country’s resources, creating the image that they are serious for the change with series of meeting and etc. They have not taken serious planning for first category which has to start, invest and continuously perform as the essential and value adding activities. It is to call peace and negotiate with all parties, release all political prisoners unconditionally, publicize official amnesty to people outside the country. So, my conclusion is that the issues in Burma led by Mr. Thein Sein’s government generally looks going into positive direction, but analytically it is not leading to positive direction; on the contrary it is leading to negative impact for Burmese people. It is not a development, it is deterioration for future generation.
Reference Surendra,Rezaee, and Pak, ‘Continuous Improvement: An Activity Based Model, 2006, Vol. 7, No. 3