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Tuesday 25 September 2018
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Like Mugabe, Suu Kyi blind to oppression

THE EDITOR: For years, the world supported Aung San Suu Kyi as she was oppressed by the military regime in Myanmar or Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese politician, diplomat, and author who is the first and incumbent state counsellor and leader of the National League for Democracy of Myanmar.

She is widely recognised as the de facto leader of the country. She is also the first woman to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of the President’s Office, the Minister of Electric Power and Energy, and the Minister of Education in President Htin Kyaw’s Cabinet, and from 2012 to 2016 was an MP for Kawhmu Township in the House of Representatives.

Today, Suu Kyi is the leader of Myanmar. And she is not aware of the issues involving Rohingya Muslims, which are being described as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.

Like most politically myopic leaders, she is now blind to all forms of oppression.

This is similar to Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. In the 70s, the world supported him and Joshua Nkomo in the apartheid war against Ian Smith and Rhodesia. Rhodesia was the food basket of southern Africa.

Once leadership was achieved, Mugabe banished Nkomo to being a nonentity and converted Zimbabwe to a poverty-ravished and hunger-stricken country. He forgot democracy, created a dictatorship, abandoned his white friends and wined and dined with his wife while the nation suffered.

From politically oppressed to a politically blind and oppressive leader.

PHILIP AYOUNG-CHEE

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