By Robert H. Taylor
Dr Maung Maung (1925-94) was once a guy of many elements: pupil, soldier, nationalist, internationalist, parliamentarian, and public servant. His lifestyles spanned seven many years of political, fiscal and social turbulence within the kingdom he enjoyed and served, Myanmar. A pioneer among post-colonial reporters in Southeast Asia, he used to be both at domestic within the libraries and seminars of universities within the usa, Europe and Australia throughout the chilly warfare. As a jurist, Dr Maung Maung knew the legislations needs to stay appropriate to altering societal specifications. As an writer, he wrote weighty scholarly tomes and light-hearted bills spiced together with his wry observations on human foibles. He was once a prepared observer of human strengths and weaknesses. a faithful good friend, he by no means maligned his critics or denied their benefits. As a guy of affairs, he used to be in a position to realizing the weaknesses of the associations that he served and that finally did not dwell as much as their beliefs. This booklet collects jointly a couple of his now imprecise yet very important old and journalistic essays with an entire bibliography of his works.
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Nor is it to be feared. The fundamental law manifests the establishment of the state’s central pillar; recognizing the rights and responsibilities of the people on the establishment of an independent union. 46 He also saw the law as a living and growing phenomenon that had to adapt itself to changing circumstances and conditions. indd 14 1/24/08 10:19:00 AM Dr Maung Maung: The Life of a Patriot 15 his time on the bench during the Revolutionary Council government, he later reﬂected that he and his fellow judges … tried very hard not to introduce very vague, very dangerous thinking or socialist justice.
My politics is my country’s welfare. I cannot win that end myself alone for I can but do little. I cannot lead but am willing to be led. It is those who cannot lend and will not be led who retard progress. I can do little but I shall do what little I can, and if every man gives his little share, all the shares summed up should go a long way. Every man has his value, and his special ability. His ability should be utilised in the service of the country. We should not look down on it as mean or meagre.
This year-long period saw Myanmar caught up in the civil war that commenced within three months of independence on 4 January 1948. indd 27 1/24/08 10:19:29 AM 28 DR MAUNG MAUNG: Gentleman, Scholar, Patriot First the Communist Party of Burma, led by Thakin Than Tun, and joined by large numbers of Myanmar army troops that had Communistleaning ofﬁcers in charge, as well as members of the para-military People’s Volunteer Organization (PVO), went underground and commenced their armed struggle with the government, a war which was not to end for another forty years.