Burma Times: 19 Feb 2015, Shwe Maung MP
We are citizens of Myanmar according to Section 11 of 1947 Constitution, Section 4(2) of 1948 Citizenship Act. Therefore, we are citizens of Myanmar according to 1974 Constitution.
1982 Citizenship Law can NOT deny our citizenship rights as we are already citizens. Becuse 1982 Law is securing citizens who are already citizens according to 1948 Citizenship Act. Moreover,1982 Law is not consistent with 1974 Constitution as it introduced three types of citizenship and thus it should be ammended.
We are also citizens according to Section 345 of 2008 Constitution as we are citizens according to 1948 Citizenship Act.
We should not refer only 1982 Citizenship Law whenever we talk about citizenship and we must talk about 1948 Citizenship Act as well. Because 1982 Citizenship Law itself is telling us those are citizens who are already citizens according to 1948 Citizenship Act.
If someone urges others to respect 1982 Citizenship Law, he/she should also respect what 1982 Citizenship Law tells about Citizenship.
Be logical, be consistent and then it will be legal.
Shwe Maung MP
Pyithu Hluttaw Representative for Buthidaung