- One senior police officer: This is just what we’ve been waiting for so long.
- An Inlay shopkeeper: Since you are back after all these years, things must be moving for the better for our country.
- A Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) leading member: Since the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) is made up of all national races, including Shans, cooperation is better than expected earlier.
- The government under U Thein Sein leadership is really working for change
- Change won’t come easy. Old systems and laws are still in place. It’ll take some time before new systems and laws can move in. The new labor act, for instance, came into being because of the assistance by the ILO. It means exiles can take part in drafting new laws. And it should not be considered as propping up the old regime, but as help strengthening democracy in the country.
- Support and encouragement therefore are needed to make the changes in the making irreversible”
Upper House Speaker Khin Aung Myint
Information Minister Kyaw Hsan
Finance Minister Hla Tun
Lower House Speaker Thura Shwe Mann
Railway Transport Minister Aung Min
Industry #1 Minister Soe Thein
(and surprise, surprise) Electric Power Minister Zaw Min(whose declaration “not to back off” from the Myitsone project had triggered a series of popular actions culminating in its suspension)