Hospital admits NLD leader Win Tin after asthma attack

New Delhi (Mizzima) – National League for Democracy member leader Win Tin is receiving treatment for asthma in the emergency room at Asia Taw Win Hospital in Rangoon, a close friend said yesterday.

“Win Tin went to the Asia Taw Win Hospital this morning [Sunday] for a regular check-up, but was found to be suffering from slight inflammation of his windpipe and lungs,” Ohn Tun, a close friend of Win Tin, told Mizzima. “Doctors told him to stay for treatment at the hospital’s emergency room, even though his condition was not too serious.”

“Even so, he will be transferred … to another hospital room tomorrow morning,” Ohn Tun said.

“Win Tin has a history of a heart attack, which had since been managed with a pacemaker … which needs to be checked every year. Recently, his heart condition had improved a little so he hadn’t required its use. More recently however he had complained frequently of fatigue,” his friend said.

Yesterday, Win Tin was suffering from a serious cough, so he was checked by some doctors who are his neighbours, Ohn Tun said.

“The doctors dared not risk diagnosing him because they are not specialists [so Win Tin went to hospital]. He had been coughing all night,” Ohn Tun added.


အန္အယ္ဒီပါတီေခါင္းေဆာင္ ဦး၀င္းတင္ ေဆးရုုံတင္ထားယေန႔ေန႔ခင္းက ဆရာဦး၀င္းတင္ အလုုပ္ပင္ပန္းျပီး က်န္းမာေရးစိုုးရိမ္ရသျဖင့္ အာရွေတာ္၀င္ေဆးရုုံသိုု႔ မိတ္ေဆြမ်ားက တင္ပိုု႔ျပီး ေဆးကုုသမႈခံယူေနရသည္ဟုု ၾကားသိရသည္။ ယခုုသတင္းေရးေနခ်ိန္တြင္ ဆရာ့ကိုု အထူးကုုဆရာ၀န္ၾကီးမ်ားက ၀ိုုင္း၀န္းစစ္ေဆးျပီး ကုုသျပဳစုုမႈမ်ား ေဆာင္ရြက္ထားသည္။ ဆရာ့ကိုု ေအာက္စီဂ်င္ေပးထားျပီး ဆရာက သတင္းလာေမးသည့္ ဧည့္သည္ေပါင္း မ်ားစြာႏွင့္ ေတြ႔ဆုုံေနရသည္ဟုု ဆရာ့မိတ္ေဆြ ဦးေမာင္ေမာင္ခင္က မိုုးမခကိုု ေျပာသည္။……….

15 Abbots Appeal to Western Command on Behalf of Arrested Monk

Sittwe: 15 abbots in Arakan State have appealed to the newly appointed Western Command Commander Brigadier Soe Thein to act justly and fairly toward arrested Arakanese historian monk Ashon Pyinya Sara, said one abbot.

“We sent the five-page appeal letter with the signatures of 15 monks to the Western Command Commander on 7 September, requesting they treat U Pyinya Sara justly and fairly in accordance with the law. U Pyinya Sara had many charges filed against him after he was arrested. Some charges are unrelated to his arrest and some are unacceptable. So I requested the Western Command Commander to reduce some of the charges and to try him justly in accordance with Burmese law,” he said.

Among the monks to joined the appeal, 13 are from well-known monasteries in Sittwe while another two are from Ponna Kyunt and Min Bya Townships.

“We have no plans for future campaigns for his release if the authority does not follow our request. We sent the appeal as we have a duty to carry out such activities for Ashon Pyinya Sara. So we wrote the appeal letter to the highest authority in our state. The authority will consider what they will do about Pyinya Sara after they receive our appeal,” the abbot said.

In Buddhist law, a monk may be dispelled from the monkhood if he abuses the precepts by living together with a woman.

“The authority told us at first the reason for his arrest is that U Pyinya Sara was living with a woman, but later the authority charged him with several other crimes beyond that. So it is unacceptable. Because of that we requested the Western Command Commander to consider the arrest of U Pyinya Sara on the many charges against him,” the monk said.

In the appeal letter, the abbots explained that U Pyinya Sara is a historian monk who also carried out social works by keeping many orphans in his monasteries. He began establishing the orphanages in 1989 and has sacrificed for 20 years for the orphans staying there. So the abbots urged the Western Commander to consider his good behavior and to think about withdrawing some of the more unjust charges, such as the charges for disrupting the stability of the state.

U Pyinya Sara was arrested by authorities in Sittwe on 27 July, 2010, in a raid. When they raided the orphanage, the army authority seized many precious antiques from the library, including ancient silver and gold Arakanese coins, Buddha statues, and palm-leaf inscriptions that had been collected by Ashion Pyinya Sara over the years.

U Pyinya Sara is now being detained at the Sittwe prison and authorities have filed seven charges against him.