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With relatively few exceptions Thailand and the Philippines perhaps - current Southeast Asian regimes find the idea of popular democracy deeply unsettling. The lengths to which President Suharto has recently gone in his battle against Megawati's leadership of the far from threatening Indonesian Democracy Party (PDI) shows just how inimical he is to the prospect of open contest for presidential office. All sorts of explanations have been advanced, many not so different from the SLORC's 'three sacred causes',49 in rejecting the suitability of such democratic forms in Indonesia.

The result has been continuing political stasis - deadlock not dialogue. In such a situation the only thing that can flourish is fear, a fear born of incomprehension and insecurity. 47 The replacement of fear by trust is a painstaking task, one which requires quite unusual reserves of patience and humanity. This is recognised by the NLD leadership, in particular by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who has shown exemplary forbearance and civil courage in the pursuit of meaningful dialogue with the military.

12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 21 junta was planning to fund a 60 per cent pay rise for civil servants on 1 August 1996 by printing more money, see FEER, 4 July 1996, p. 12; FEER, 25 July 1996, p. 12; and FEER, 15 August 1996, p. 64. 3 (May-June 1996), p. 00 exchange rate for June 1996. Although the government only admits to a year on inflation rate of 20-30 per cent (based on the official consumer price index), real rates of inflation are currently 35-45 per cent, the highest in Southeast Asia, see EIU, 'Country Report: Myanmar (Burma)', 1st Quarter 1996, pp.

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