A greeting message sent by Aung San Suu Kyi was posted on the Internet website which was inaugurated on Sunday evening.
‘I am very pleased indeed that there is now a web page that will make the policies and activities of the National League for Democracy known around the globe’, she wrote. ‘A good communication system is essential in our endeavour to set up a people’s network for democracy that will span the whole world.’
‘By communicating through the web page, with strong supporters of our cause, as well as with those who want to know more about our movement for democracy and about the NLD, I believe we will be able to achieve our goal of a democratic union at a faster pace’, she said.
NLD officials noted that the NLD itself had no role in backing or creating the website. The identity of the developer of the website is not known.
Party Information Department In-charge Ohn Kyaing told Mizzima that the NLD had no contact with the webmaster of the website and the party could not have such a website itself in light of many laws and restrictions in Burma.
‘There are many general limitations inside Burma’, he said, ‘both technical, financial and legal constraints’.
The website address is www.nldburma.org. It posts information in both English and Burmese. There are website sections devoted to organisation, media and press releases, social welfare, education, health, international affairs, law and ethnic affairs.
NLD Vice Chairman Tin Oo also welcomed the creation of the website.
“We welcome the opening of a web page dedicated to promoting the interest of the NLD”, said a message signed by Tin Oo.
The organisation section lists state and division party branches, youth and women and the Committee Representing People’s Parliament. The media and press release section contains past press releases, interviews, articles and media related information.
In the social welfare section are listings for emergency help, political prisoners and other information. Under health is information about HIV/AIDs programs. Under international affairs information about the United Nations, Asean, India/China, North America and Europe is provided. The webiste also includes video clips and a photo gallery of NLD activities.
Ohn Kyaing said, ‘All of the press releases are those that have already been released. If we did this website from Burma, all of us would be arrested. We cannot release even a newsletter from our office’.