Ko Jimmy spoke to media on February 1 after a meeting with the NLD. He added that representatives of the two groups plan to schedule meeting monthly, and to hold further get-togethers should important issues arise.
NLD central executive committee members U Nyan Win, U Tun Tun Hein and U Han Tha Myint met for an hour and a half with six members of the 88-Generation Peace and Open Society including Ko Ko Gyi, Ko Jimmy, Ko Mya Aye and Ko Pyone Cho at the NLD headquarters in Yangon on February 1.
Ko Jimmy said the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society had not seriously discussed whether they should get involved in electoral politics in the run-up to the 2015 general elections, but they may discuss it later.
Speaking the amendment of the 2008 Constitution, he said that if the authorities fail to amend Article 436 of the constitution, the decision of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society about whether they should participate in parliamentary politics will depend on opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Many politicians, including members of the National League for Democracy, have been calling for amendment of Article 436. The article effectively gives military MPs - who make up 25 percent of parliamentary seats - veto power over proposed moves to amend the 2008 Constitution, a constitution written by the former military government.
“If they don’t amend the constitution, our decision on whether we will get involved in parliamentary politics will depend on the NLD. It will depend on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s decision. We have cooperated with her for nearly 30 years, so she is our leader,” U Jimmy said.
He has said that if the authorities fail to amend this particular article of the constitution, parliament will poorly represent the citizens and it will be difficult to make changes to other sections of the constitution.
The NLD and the 88-Generation Peace and Open Society last year submitted a petition to amend Article 436 of the constitution to the Union Assembly, collecting a total of 5 million signatures.