Written by Than Htut Aung However, I totally do not agree that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is siding too much with the military; I do not agree that she is favouring the government; and I refuse to take the notion that she has changed to take side with some others.
She will never ever change her attitude, mind-set and stance towards the country and the people until the day she dies. We all know and firmly believe it. She is now edging towards 70 years of age, and that she has not much time left to work for the good of the country. If there is no change in the country this time, there never will be. For 25 long years with the military generals, she is thoroughly enveloped with the bitter and harsh experiences, and she understands too well what to do for the country.
If she is not flexile like this, you would not be able to visit here. We the journalists would not be in this position to write like this. The protesters will not be in the streets. Even the President would not be able to make overseas trips and welcomed by foreign leaders.
She quietly become low-key is not necessarily meant that she had changed or siding with the other side. Someone approaching 70 is showing benevolence and compassion towards the country.
On the other hand, we have a lot of questions to ask Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. With the issue of Rakhine and Bengali affairs and the issue of Kachin conflict, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi stays neutral and does not take the rap or blame out of the messy predicament.
However, she involved herself in the Letpadaungtaung copper mine issue and took part in the political problem that is sure to hold responsibility, for that part I do not understand the reason. By all means, I agree more than 80 per cent of the probe report. The tasks to be implemented for the benefits of the local people are nothing to do with the investigation commission. In the case of smoke bomb containing prosperous under reference or the fire bomb as termed by the protesters, I am of the view that such bomb should not be used to crack down the sit-in protesters. If the premises of the case is to be decided based on “Guilty or not guilty”, then it is obviously “guilty”. In this connection, the local people should not be annoyed or irritated over the report of probe commission.
At this crucial juncture, I am taking the liberty to comment strongly on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for taking the responsibility in the matter that was not necessary. She is not required to meet with the local residents in such hurry, and no need to console the villagers. The best possible advice was already given. Duty and obligation is fulfilled. Negotiation and compromise is to be conducted between the government, the UMEHL and the concerned residents. If something risky situation occurred to the life of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, our nation would have to bear the inconsolable tragedy similar to 1947 when national hero General Aung San was assassinated.
Could NLD win the 2015 general election? Will Daw Aung San Suu Kyi be elected as President? I would say nothing on these topics. If Daw Aung San Suu Kyi lives long and healthy, then our country is quite enough to continue our journey to step ahead.