Chin People Fear For Aung San Suu Kyi’s Health
The Chin people are among those who express concerns and fears for the health of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, 63, who has been said to refuse food supplies since the middle of August, 2008.
Burma’s detained Nobel Peace Laureate, spending 13 of the past 19 years under house arrest, is reported to have lost weight and continue to shun food delivered to her lakeside house in Rangon, former capital city of Burma.
Her lawyer attorney Kyi Win declined to say comments on the speculation that she is on hunger strike, according to sources. “I am well but I have lost some weight. I am a little tired and I need some rest,” Kyi Win quoted her as saying during their meeting last Monday.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party said her actions may reflect her growing frustration with the slow pace of reconciliation talks in the military-controlled country.
UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari’s failure to meet Aung San Suu Kyi and other important figures including Pu Cin Sian Thang, U Thein Pe and Dr. Myint Naing during his last five-day visit to Burma has been branded as ‘wasting precious time’.
Pu Cin Sian Thang, chairman of the Zomi National Congress, said after expressing their readiness and expectation of meeting the UN Envoy: “We only knew that Gambari came to Burma and went back.”
Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of National League for Democracy, was greeted as ‘Kan Pi’ meaning our aunty with flowers, traditional dance and music by thousands of the Chin people during her visit to Chin State in April, 2003.
The NLD did not win any contested seat in northern Chin state during the 1990 general elections in Burma. Even though the NLD won more than 80 percent of the seats in 1990 general election in Burma, the Chin national local parties such as Zomi National Congress ZNC, Chin National League for Democracy and independent candidates won all Parliamentary seats in northern Chin state.
Van Biak Thang
05 September, 2008