Tangled Webs: Kachin, Arakan, Cronies and The Lady

Overseas, Aung San Suu Kyi is still regarded as the beacon of Burma's democratic aspirations; but at home, critics say she is getting too close to some of the country's more unsavory figures. (Photo: Reuters)

Overseas, Aung San Suu Kyi is still regarded as the beacon of Burma’s democratic aspirations; but at home, critics say she is getting too close to some of the country’s more unsavory figures. (Photo: Reuters)

Aung San Suu Kyi’s is a name that evokes courage and nobility in the face of tyranny. A poised, well-spoken heroine with a flower in her hair, she was released from 15 years detention in November 2010, in what turned out to be one of the first reform steps undertaken by Burma’s long-notorious military rulers.

Suu Kyi was elected to the country’s legislature last April—an outcome bordering on the surreal in the light of the two decades before, when the country known officially as Myanmar was as good as a synonym for draconian, capricious rule.

It is a transformation that has earned plaudits for Burma’s government, with whispers that President Thein Sein was even in contention for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi in 1991 after the Burmese junta refused to acknowledge her landslide election win the previous year.

But Burma’s long-admired opposition leader has drawn fire from human rights groups for her refusal to bluntly condemn violence and discrimination against the Rohingya, Muslims living in western Burma who are denied citizenship by the Burmese government.

Speaking in India in November, Suu Kyi defended herself from criticism that she had not spoken up for the Rohingya. “But don’t forget that violence has been committed by both sides. This is why I prefer not to take sides. And, also I want to work toward reconciliation between these two communities. I am not going to be able to do that if I take sides,” she said.

Suu Kyi has, however, called for a review of Burma’s citizenship laws, saying that “those entitled to citizenship must not only get citizenship but must be given full rights of the citizen.”

But for Shwe Maung, an MP for Buthidaung in Arakan State, Suu Kyi’s words fell far short of addressing the issue of abuses still being committed in the state today.

“Daw Aung Sann Suu Kyi is using silence tactics to get support from the majority of the Myanmar population,” Shwe Maung, a Rohingya, told The Irrawaddy. “It looks as if she is focused more on becoming president than on addressing issues of human rights violations.”

Now Suu Kyi is generating more unease among admirers after accepting donations from some of Burma’s “cronies”—businessmen sanctioned for close ties with Burma’s former military rulers.
One of the men now bankrolling Suu Kyi’s party is Tay Za, a former log trader who expanded into aviation and hotels, among other sectors, but is described as “a notorious henchman and arms dealer” by the US Treasury.

As reported by The Irrawaddy, Tay Za’s Htoo Company gave Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) a US $58,000 contribution to support a party education scheme—money given in late December, at the same time as the Burmese air force was carrying out airstrikes against the rebel Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in the north of the country.

Suu Kyi defended taking money from Tay Za, who is said to have had a Damascene conversion to philanthropy after surviving a chopper crash in the mountains of northern Burma last year.

Burma’s opposition leader told reporters in Naypyidaw last week that “I don’t mind if they [the cronies] approach the NLD or other organizations, as long as their support is beneficial to our people, democratic reforms and our country’s health and education needs.”

However Tay Za is said to have close ties to the Burmese army, to the point of being a weapons supplier. “Rumors abound that Tay Za has long smuggled Chinese weapons into Burma via his aviation and trading businesses,” said a June 2009 cable from the US embassy in Rangoon.

It might make practical sense for Suu Kyi to accept donations from whoever is willing to give them in the run-up to an election in two years time. But such ties look untimely at best, given that on Monday morning, in an escalation of a war that had largely been fought between armed combatants in remote mountain outposts, three civilians died in a Burma army mortar attack on Laiza, a town of around 20,000 residents and 15,000 war refugees on the Burma-China border where the KIA has its headquarters.

Kachin and other rights groups are calling the attack a war crime. Fr. Joseph Nbwi Naw, a Kachin Catholic priest in Laiza, told The Irrawaddy on Monday evening that “people are terrified after today. Already today more than a hundred have come to the church to stay there, they think it might be safer.”

According to other US embassy cables, both Tay Za and Zaw Zaw—another of Burma’s cronies who Suu Kyi has been photographed in public with recently—have jade-mining interests in Kachin State, close to the town of Hpakant, which has been scene of on-off fighting between Burmese government troops and the KIA in recent months—possibly over control of the lucrative crony-linked mines.

There is more, however. A June 2009 US embassy cable went on to say that one of Tay Za’s colleagues “who has close ties to the senior management of Chinese firm Norinco [an alleged arms dealer that has business dealings in Burma], is the mastermind behind Tay Za’s involvement in the arms trade.”

The president of Norinco, or China North Industries Corporation, met Burma’s President Thein Sein and senior army officials in the capital Naypyidaw on Christmas Day, three days before Burma’s air force began attacking the Kachin rebels.

The parlay came less than a month after the Burmese government dispersed demonstrators opposed to a huge Norinco-backed copper mine at Letpadaung in Sagaing Division in a Nov. 29 nighttime show of force that left many of the protesters, including Buddhist monks, badly burned.

According to US embassy cables, Tay Za played “a pivotal role” in the negotiations in which Norinco acquired rights to the Letpadaung mine. Suu Kyi is heading up the official inquiry into the crackdown at the mine.

It is not clear whether military issues were discussed at the government-Norinco meeting, which took place as fighting escalated along the Burma-China border in Kachin State. After the meeting, Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann was reported by China’s Xinhua news agency as saying that Burma would “responsibly implement the agreements between governments and between companies, including that between the Norinco Group and the [Burmese] side, stressing bilateral cooperation will not weaken despite some difficulties.”

On Jan. 4, however, China publicly rebuked the Burmese government, after confirming that Burmese shells fired at Kachin rebels had landed inside China. “The Chinese side has launched representations with the Myanmar side requiring them to take effective and immediate measures to avoid the repetition of similar incidents,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

Laiza, the KIA headquarters, is separated from the Chinese town of Nabang only by the 20-meter width of a river, meaning that any Burmese assault on the Laiza would likely send tens of thousands of people into China.

Last weekend, around 1,000 Kachin residents in China marched to the small border post at Nabang, literally within arms reach of Laiza, to protest the Burmese army attacks on their kinsfolk across the frontier—something of a surprise given Chinese authorities’ typical quashing of public protests, and therefore perhaps a tacit warning from Beijing that it does not want a refugee crisis on its border.

China was likely angered by Burma’s 2011 suspension of the US $3.6 billion Myitsone dam, which would have flooded an area of Kachin state roughly equivalent to the size of Singapore, but would see 90 percent of the power generated exported to China.

That move won the Burma government international plaudits, as it came in response to growing public hostility to the dam project. But it likely means that Burma’s government will not go against Chinese wishes when it came to other big investments, such as the controversial Norinco-backed mine.

That mine has Burmese crony involvement in the form of the the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (UMEHL), a military-backed conglomerate, just as the now-paused Myitsone dam is backed by Asia World, a conglomerate thought to be Burma’s biggest and run by Chinese-Burmese crony Steven Law, son of Lo Hsing Han, once one the world’s biggest drug traffickers.

Lo Hsing Han once brokered contacts between the United Wa State Army (UWSA), Burma’s biggest non-state militia, and the Burmese government. According to Chinese media reports last week, the UWSA—which is thought to receive arms from China—is in turn arming the KIA in its fight against the Burmese army.


50 Responses to Tangled Webs: Kachin, Arakan, Cronies and The Lady

  1. She can change Burma if she become president. But she can not change the constitution which forbid her to become president. SHAME!!!!

  2. Long time ago, when Daw Suu was in her house arrest and Insein jail, I had never heard the media blamed on her. After she was freed from house arrest, elected MP and closely works with the governing authorities, she’s got blunt criticisms from the media and from the people who supported her in the past. If she did not speak for a certain event, she got blame. When she spoke for a certain event, she got blame. What do these people, who are consistantly blaming her for many reasons, want? Do they want her to go against the gevernment and live in confinement for life? What is wrong to get donation from a crony of the former region? Dose she use these donations for herself?
    Please stop criticize on Daw Suu for the sake of the country and the people.

    • Mr, Yebaw,

      Please allow me to throw my two cents worth opinion here. Medias are ethically responsible to speak out for the truth and if they don’t comply, they are not credible! If there is something greatness to write about Daw Suu, they would. But the problem is there is nothing pleasing things to write about her nowaday. She is in parlimentary yet nothing tangible resolution she has generated for the people of Burma. The fact is that she is making new friends with cronies around the ex generals. She is not speaking out for people of Burma anymore like she used to while in her underhouse arrest. She is losing the real interest of Burma. She definitely is tangled in the web of POWER. Please keep in mind that I am a support of Daw Suu and it is too much to bear right now not knowing what direction she is heading to.

    • We must criticize her precisely for the sake of the country and the people. No one can be above criticism especially when their actions don’t stack up after all that show and yes, sacrifice, but only to let people down dashing their hopes. We are not even talking about the Rohingya here.

      The duty of the opposition is to oppose wrong headed policies and unjust laws, not to go with the flow and hope for the best. Then you shouldn’t be in politics, but only on a stage taking a bow to your cheering fans.

    • Suu Kyi is not self-glorified “Yebaw”. Suu Kyi did not seek fame or honor. She fought and suffered for all of us. She had been the mother of peace and peace movement. She was the hope of the people. The hope of freedom. The hope of democracy. But when she is silent on Kachins issues, the people have the right to question her attitude and her stand. If Suu Kyi were an ordinary person, people would not expect something from her. People’s view on her is day and night different these days. People have the right to question the government and the opposition. The people might be worthless but Suu Kyi was their hope to liberation, democracy and peace in the Union. Today, their hope turns upside down.

    • Whether she used the cronies’ donations for herself or for you, do not bring stolen property in the house. I prefer to die rather than surviving with stolen food. No matter what Suu Suu said, she is now lost in the middle of the Than Shwe’s game. I will never join her at the party where she prepares stolen food for guests. I never eat stolen food, wear stolen clothes or drink even a cup of stolen water. I do not want to hear blah! blah! blah! from Suu Kyi. She has lost her value. I do not even want to hear her name anymore.

    • It’s called guilty by association. She hangs out with the hooligans. then she’s also a hooligan. as the leader of the largest opposition party in the parliament when has she ever spoken out against multiple genocides in the ethnic minority areas? What a joke! If she can’t lead, she should move on to what suits her best–a travelling international clown with a chest full of useless awards.

    • I also agree with Yebaw’s opinion.

    • The mistake you make, don’t you see,is in thinking one can live in a corrupt society without being corrupt oneself. After all, what do you achieve by refusing to make money? You’re trying to behave as though one could stand right outside our economic system. But one can’t. One’s got to change the system, or one changes nothing. One can’t put things right in a hole-and-corner way, if you take my meaning.

    • If you want her to be free from criticism, tell her to go back to England. Criticism is a good thing, both positive and negative. Suu Kyi is know to the world as opposition leader in Burma. So, she is responsible to say something when the junta is committing serious wrongdoing. Yebaw and his stepfathers are committing crimes against humanities in Kachin State. Suu Kyi is more responsible to speak out against this horrible assault than anyone else on earth, because she is opposition leader. So, self-glorified but done nothing “Yebaw” is no more than an idiot man.

  3. Unfortunately, “The Lady” is just another wolf under a sheepskin and the poor rural naive Burmese people are a bit too naive and uninformed to know what’s going on. Too much oligarchical “guanxi” in Burma based on Chinese style bribery, patronage, etc.
    Burma is basically a Chinese vassal state and that will remain so, Obama and Clinton’s little “tete-a-tetes” with Suu Kyi will change nothing in Mian-Dian. As Suu Kyi said recently “Burmese people should be more self-reliant and not look for saviours” What a cruel joke!

  4. George Than Setkyar Heine

    “Now Suu Kyi is generating more unease among admirers after accepting donations from some of Burma’s “cronies”—businessmen sanctioned for close ties with Burma’s former military rulers. One of the men now bankrolling Suu Kyi’s party is Tay Za, a former log trader who expanded into aviation and hotels, among other sectors, but is described as “a notorious henchman and arms dealer” by the US Treasury”.
    Finally, Tay Za – Than Shwe’s CRONY in CHIEF – has BAGGED Daw Suu and her NLD after all.
    MONEY TALKS man!
    No doubt, Tay Za was TIPPED OFF by the communists in Beijing – BUY Daw Suu at all costs – of course.
    This is the ARCHAIC PLOY in USE by ALL CHINESE including in alien lands like US, Europe, Australia etc. The Chinese tycoons run their BUSINESSES – both legal and mostly illegal – by BUYING POLITICIANS, POLICE and ALL who wield power in the land.
    The Chinese USE CORRUPTION as their WEAPON on CIVILIZED PEOPLE today lest you guys forget.
    Specifically, DRUGS, PROSTITUTION, ILLEGAL GAMBLING, ORGANIZED CRIME etc. are RUN by Chinese MAFIA who NEVER GET CAUGHT because the concerned authorities are BRIBED/STUFFED beforehand as all know today.
    Most POLITICIANS and specifically the POLICE are in the PAYROLLS of the Chinese mafia/gangsters in MOST COUNTRIES where there are CHINESE living and calling home trust me.
    Likewise and taking the cue as well Than Shwe is USING HIS CRONIES (loaded with LOOSE/BLACK MONEY) with a VIEW to CORRUPT people specifically Daw Suu and her NLD, any bets?
    “According to other US embassy cables, both Tay Za and Zaw Zaw—another of Burma’s cronies who Suu Kyi has been photographed in public with recently—have jade-mining interests in Kachin State, close to the town of Hpakant, which has been scene of on-off fighting between Burmese government troops and the KIA in recent months—possibly over control of the lucrative crony-linked mines”.
    Hence, Min Aung Hlaing WOULD NOT REST until the Kachin State is FIRMLY SECURED under HIS HEELS as ORDERED by Than Shwe no less.
    Thein Sein’s cries to HALT the HOSTILITIES in Kachin State on several occasions were IGNORED, remember?
    And Daw Suu as well was WARNED to STAY OUT OF SIGHT and HOLD HER TONGUE as well, in this matter, any bets?
    “The president of Norinco, or China North Industries Corporation, met Burma’s President Thein Sein and senior army officials in the capital Naypyidaw on Christmas Day, three days before Burma’s air force began attacking the Kachin rebels”.
    Simply put: The Chinese communists GAVE the GREEN LIGHT to USE AIRCRAFT, HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS and BANNED WEAPONS on the KIA in the same vein as Assad is USING to KILL his OWN PEOPLE in Syria today after all.
    And the US, UN and the West HOLD their TONGUES and STAY OUT OF SIGHT until today.
    Though the Kachins are UNDER ATTACK by BANNED WEAPONS the US is STILL REMAINING SILENT other than SAYING CAPITULATE to Min Aung Hlaing’s TERMS like KNU and others DID today.
    However, Obama’s people should take NOTE the 8888 Generation ABSDF is also JOINING HANDS with the KIA and DEFENDING the LAND as well.
    ABSDF would not GO INTO CEASEFIRE much less CEASE to STRUGGLE as well UNTIL and UNLESS POLITICAL SETTLEMENT is REACHED/IMPLEMENTED for ETERNAL PEACE in BURMA let ALL PEOPLE HEAR/KNOW.
    And ABSDF represents the 8888 Generation that TOPPLED 3 SUCCESSIVE AUTHORITARIAN RULES in 1988 and is STILL ACTIVELY DOING ITS BEST TO TOPPLE MILITARY RULE in Burma as well lest people forget.
    Hence, KIA and ABSDF will HOLD the FORT (LAIZA) to the LAST MAN as well, let ALL MEN HEAR!
    “The parlay came less than a month after the Burmese government dispersed demonstrators opposed to a huge Norinco-backed copper mine at Letpadaung in Sagaing Division in a Nov. 29 nighttime show of force that left many of the protesters, including Buddhist monks, badly burned”
    No doubt, the early dawn attack on Buddhist monks and people on November 29, 2012, was the HANDY WORK of the Chinese and the INCENDIARIES were also provided by the Chinese communists as well I see!
    “But it likely means that Burma’s government will not go against Chinese wishes when it came to other big investments, such as the controversial Norinco-backed mine.That mine has Burmese crony involvement in the form of the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (UMEHL), a military-backed conglomerate, just as the now-paused Myitsone dam is backed by Asia World, a conglomerate thought to be Burma’s biggest and run by Chinese-Burmese crony Steven Law, son of Lo Hsing Han, once one the world’s biggest drug traffickers”.
    This evidenced the fact the Chinese communists have A COLOSSAL STAKE (investments) in Than Shwe controlled Burma no doubt. And Than Shwe’s CLERK (Thein Sein) has to OBLIGE/PROTECT the Chinese INTERESTS at all costs and by all means as well of course.
    “Lo Hsing Han once brokered contacts between the United Wa State Army (UWSA), Burma’s biggest non-state militia, and the Burmese government. According to Chinese media reports last week, the UWSA—which is thought to receive arms from China—is in turn arming the KIA in its fight against the Burmese army”.
    So, the communists in Beijing are PLAYING A DOUBLE GAME today no less folks.
    Furnishing the KIA with CHINESE HARDWARE to FIGHT the BURMA ARMY, right?
    This is a SIMPLE GAME of KILLING TWO BIRDS with ONE SINGLE STONE guys!
    Today, the Burma Army and the KIA both armed with Chinese hardware are KILLING EACH OTHER, of course.
    And the Chinese are LAUGHING THEIR HEARTS OUT at the scenario no doubt, any bets?
    When the SMOKE CLEARED and ALL Kachins DEAD as well, the Chinese would CONTINUE their PROJECTS (Myitsone Dam, rails, roads, pipelines etc.) while at the same time FLOOD the LAND with ethnic Chinese peasants TAKING the WOMEN FOLK (Kachins and Burmese as well) as concubines and wives and ESTABLISH a CHINESE ENCLAVE in Kachin land of course.
    This certainly is the CLARION CALL for NATIONAL URGENCY/CAUSE as Burma’s SOVEREIGNTY, TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY and POSTERITY as an INDEPENDENT /FREE NATION are IN QUESTION and UNDER THREAT no less folks.
    And Daw Suu, specifically should WAKE UP from her SLUMBER -UNDER the SPELL of Than Shwe’s CLERK – and TAKE UP the MATTER accordingly and in line with her OBLIGATION as the PEOPLE’S CHOSEN LEADER and her capacity as HEAD of RULE of LAW COMMISSION as well and REIN IN the RENEGADE GENERAL of Than Shwe’s RUNNING AMOK in Kachin land and KNOCKING at the GATES of LAIZA today rather than GOING INTO UNHOLY ALLIANCE with the CRONY IN CHIEF of Than Shwe’s and OTHER UNSAVORY CHARACTERS (cronies) for a FEW KYATS MORE for that matter I say.

    “Now Suu Kyi is generating more unease among admirers after accepting donations from some of Burma’s “cronies”—businessmen sanctioned for close ties with Burma’s former military rulers. One of the men now bankrolling Suu Kyi’s party is Tay Za, a former log trader who expanded into aviation and hotels, among other sectors, but is described as “a notorious henchman and arms dealer” by the US Treasury”.
    Finally, Tay Za – Than Shwe’s CRONY in CHIEF – has BAGGED Daw Suu and her NLD after all.
    MONEY TALKS man!
    No doubt, Tay Za was TIPPED OFF by the communists in Beijing – BUY Daw Suu at all costs – of course.
    This is the ARCHAIC PLOY in USE by ALL CHINESE including in alien lands like US, Europe, Australia etc. The Chinese tycoons run their BUSINESSES – both legal and mostly illegal – by BUYING POLITICIANS, POLICE and ALL who wield power in the land.
    The Chinese USE CORRUPTION as their WEAPON on CIVILIZED PEOPLE today lest you guys forget.
    Specifically, DRUGS, PROSTITUTION, ILLEGAL GAMBLING, ORGANIZED CRIME etc. are RUN by Chinese MAFIA who NEVER GET CAUGHT because the concerned authorities are BRIBED/STUFFED beforehand as all know today.
    Most POLITICIANS and specifically the POLICE are in the PAYROLLS of the Chinese mafia/gangsters in MOST COUNTRIES where there are CHINESE living and calling home trust me.
    Likewise and taking the cue as well Than Shwe is USING HIS CRONIES (loaded with LOOSE/BLACK MONEY) with a VIEW to CORRUPT people specifically Daw Suu and her NLD, any bets?
    “According to other US embassy cables, both Tay Za and Zaw Zaw—another of Burma’s cronies who Suu Kyi has been photographed in public with recently—have jade-mining interests in Kachin State, close to the town of Hpakant, which has been scene of on-off fighting between Burmese government troops and the KIA in recent months—possibly over control of the lucrative crony-linked mines”.
    Hence, Min Aung Hlaing WOULD NOT REST until the Kachin State is FIRMLY SECURED under HIS HEELS as ORDERED by Than Shwe no less.
    Thein Sein’s cries to HALT the HOSTILITIES in Kachin State on several occasions were IGNORED, remember?
    And Daw Suu as well was WARNED to STAY OUT OF SIGHT and HOLD HER TONGUE as well, in this matter, any bets?
    “The president of Norinco, or China North Industries Corporation, met Burma’s President Thein Sein and senior army officials in the capital Naypyidaw on Christmas Day, three days before Burma’s air force began attacking the Kachin rebels”.
    Simply put: The Chinese communists GAVE the GREEN LIGHT to USE AIRCRAFT, HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS and BANNED WEAPONS on the KIA in the same vein as Assad is USING to KILL his OWN PEOPLE in Syria today after all.
    And the US, UN and the West HOLD their TONGUES and STAY OUT OF SIGHT until today.
    Though the Kachins are UNDER ATTACK by BANNED WEAPONS the US is STILL REMAINING SILENT other than SAYING CAPITULATE to Min Aung Hlaing’s TERMS like KNU and others DID today.
    However, Obama’s people should take NOTE the 8888 Generation ABSDF is also JOINING HANDS with the KIA and DEFENDING the LAND as well.
    ABSDF would not GO INTO CEASEFIRE much less CEASE to STRUGGLE as well UNTIL and UNLESS POLITICAL SETTLEMENT is REACHED/IMPLEMENTED for ETERNAL PEACE in BURMA let ALL PEOPLE HEAR/KNOW.
    And ABSDF represents the 8888 Generation that TOPPLED 3 SUCCESSIVE AUTHORITARIAN RULES in 1988 and is STILL ACTIVELY DOING ITS BEST TO TOPPLE MILITARY RULE in Burma as well lest people forget.
    Hence, KIA and ABSDF will HOLD the FORT (LAIZA) to the LAST MAN as well, let ALL MEN HEAR!
    “The parlay came less than a month after the Burmese government dispersed demonstrators opposed to a huge Norinco-backed copper mine at Letpadaung in Sagaing Division in a Nov. 29 nighttime show of force that left many of the protesters, including Buddhist monks, badly burned”
    No doubt, the early dawn attack on Buddhist monks and people on November 29, 2012, was the HANDY WORK of the Chinese and the INCENDIARIES were also provided by the Chinese communists as well I see!
    “But it likely means that Burma’s government will not go against Chinese wishes when it came to other big investments, such as the controversial Norinco-backed mine.That mine has Burmese crony involvement in the form of the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (UMEHL), a military-backed conglomerate, just as the now-paused Myitsone dam is backed by Asia World, a conglomerate thought to be Burma’s biggest and run by Chinese-Burmese crony Steven Law, son of Lo Hsing Han, once one the world’s biggest drug traffickers”.
    This evidenced the fact the Chinese communists have A COLOSSAL STAKE (investments) in Than Shwe controlled Burma no doubt. And Than Shwe’s CLERK (Thein Sein) has to OBLIGE/PROTECT the Chinese INTERESTS at all costs and by all means as well of course.
    “Lo Hsing Han once brokered contacts between the United Wa State Army (UWSA), Burma’s biggest non-state militia, and the Burmese government. According to Chinese media reports last week, the UWSA—which is thought to receive arms from China—is in turn arming the KIA in its fight against the Burmese army”.
    So, the communists in Beijing are PLAYING A DOUBLE GAME today no less folks.
    Furnishing the KIA with CHINESE HARDWARE to FIGHT the BURMA ARMY, right?
    This is a SIMPLE GAME of KILLING TWO BIRDS with ONE SINGLE STONE guys!
    Today, the Burma Army and the KIA both armed with Chinese hardware are KILLING EACH OTHER, of course.
    And the Chinese are LAUGHING THEIR HEARTS OUT at the scenario no doubt, any bets?
    When the SMOKE CLEARED and ALL Kachins DEAD as well, the Chinese would CONTINUE their PROJECTS (Myitsone Dam, rails, roads, pipelines etc.) while at the same time FLOOD the LAND with ethnic Chinese peasants TAKING the WOMEN FOLK (Kachins and Burmese as well) as concubines and wives and ESTABLISHING a CHINESE ENCLAVE in Kachin land of course.
    This certainly is the CLARION CALL for NATIONAL URGENCY/CAUSE as Burma’s SOVEREIGNTY, TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY and POSTERITY as an INDEPENDENT /FREE NATION are IN QUESTION and UNDER THREAT no less folks.
    And Daw Suu, specifically should WAKE UP from her SLUMBER -UNDER the SPELL of Than Shwe’s CLERK – and TAKE UP the MATTER accordingly and in line with her OBLIGATION as the PEOPLE’S CHOSEN LEADER and her capacity as HEAD of RULE of LAW COMMISSION as well and REIN IN the RENEGADE GENERAL of Than Shwe’s RUNNING AMOK in Kachin land and KNOCKING at the GATES of LAIZA today rather than GOING INTO UNHOLY ALLIANCE with the CRONY IN CHIEF of Than Shwe’s and OTHER UNSAVORY CHARACTERS (cronies) for a FEW KYATS MORE for that matter I say.

  5. The Lady seems to have had the epiphany during the wilderness years of house arrest that toeing the generals’ lines is the only way she can become politically relevant again. Very telling that she has time to defend crony business crooks but not innocent suffering Kachins.

    Too long she has been worshipped in the reflected glory of her martyred father’s image. It’s time she is unmasked. In the words of her fellow peace laureate Bishop Tutu: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

  6. For the past two decades, people inside and outside of Burm and the international community as whole thought Daw Suu is the answer for peace, prosperity and ulitimate freedom for people of Burma. That’s not the case anymore! She is becoming the next GENERAL of Burma, neither the “Ex” nor a simple pure-hearted civil leader. She is mute when it come to raise voice on ethnic issues like the ongoing military outrageous in Kachin state and communal clashes between Rohinya and Arakanese, instead she is focusing on her partying well being and making connection with rich military cronies. It is already proven that she is not a good politician but could have been a great social leader. She and the NLD party should have stayed as a social welfare organization instead of joining the lured political wing in palimentary. Now she is losing hundred and thousand and million of people faith in her!

  7. Dear Simon Roughneen, I accept every one has it own opinion and right to critics. However, we Burmese including Daw Aung San Su Kyi have duty to protect nation sovereignty. Rohingya peoples are not Burmese ethnic and they are Bengali ethnic from Bangladesh. Some Bengali peoples came to Burma during the British Colony rule and some Bengali peoples are illegally entering Rakhine state everyday and living without proper paper.
    How come Bengali population is over pass local Rakhine and other Burmese ethnics total in Rakhine state? Rakhine and other Burmese ethnics have big family and not like one child Western family style. Illegal Bengali settlement is now hidden epidemic in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Manipur and Assam state because no journalists write about real ethnic cleansing in Chittagong Hill Tracts committed by Bangladeshi Government troops and illegal Bengali settlers. Chittagong Hill Tracts was historically belonging to Burma and part of Rakhine state.
    British Colony Government had given Rakhine’s sovereignty land to East Pakistan (Bangladesh). Rakhine had lost its sovereignty land to Bangladesh in the past and now illegal Bangladeshi citizen Bengali peoples are trying to hijack their land. Today Buthitaung and Maungdaw population ratio is Bengali Muslim 92% to Rakhine 8%. Daw Su is Burmese citizen like other Burmese ethnics and she will not defend for illegal migrant Bengali in Rakhine state over Rakhine peoples. Also she has duty to defend her nation sovereignty from invasion of Bangladeshi citizen Bengali. British Government do it. US Government do it. Malaysia Government do it. Why Burmese Government and its citizen can not defend their sovereignty?
    With Kachin, both side need to negotiate openly. We don’t know what Kachin is demanding and what Burmese Government is can not agree. Daw Su said she will not involve in peace negotiation between Burmese Army and KIA unless Government invited her. She knows well about it will be fruitless without Burmese Government and Army consent for her to involve.
    Daw Su does not do just for putting Icing sugar on cake. She has been demanding to both sides to negotiate instead of fighting among Burmese army and minority ethnics’ army.
    She wasn’t standing a side with Burmese Army or KIA but simply she does not have authority to intervene between them. I’m sure Daw Su will talk with Gen Min Aung Hlaing first if President U Thein Sein asked her to involve peace negotiation between Gen Min Aung Hlaing and KIA.
    Daw Su and NLD accept money from cronies of former regime. It doesn’t mean the former regime cronies are her buddy now. The money goes to Burmese children education and she was not pocketing money from those former regime’s cronies. On the other hand, they are not convicted for any crimes yet. The country democracy reform is just beginning and we can not left behind or punish those cronies because it’s not right time for country now.
    Country is still in hand of former regime and military. They will face prosecution one day if they have committed crimes during the dictator Than Shwe ruled.
    Daw Aung San Su Kyi is doing for sake of Burmese peoples and her nation. She doesn’t do for Noble Peace Prize. Daughter like father she will do anything which will benefit to her peoples.
    You can not 100% understand the philosophy of Burmese peoples because we have difference culture.
    Sai Lin Kan

    • New York City alone has about 10,000 Burmese. Among them, many jumped the ships. And some of them crossed the US-Mexico Border illegally. There are hnudreds of thousands from Burma who sneaked into the US and live there. Because of the uselessness of Ne Win’s, Saw Maung’s and Than Shwe’s rules, many many Bengali people sneaked into Burma. Do not blame these people. Instead, blame your stepfathers(Ne Win, Saw Maung and Than Shwe) who enjoyed too much sex and forgot to guard the border. They spent too much money for their own pleasure but abandoned the national security. If your stepfathers were doing their jobs, these Bengali people would not be here. The Union of Burma was betrayed by your stepfathers, maybe you too.

  8. I am all time Ah Ma’s supporter since 1988, her first appearance in ShweDagon Pagoda and also followed her movements & speeches all the way. But I’m kind of disappointed on last week interview regarding ‘Cronies’. To me ‘Cronies’ are ‘Cronies’; PERIOD. When back in 1988 our nationwide protests & demonstrations, we only had two sides: their side or our side (people). That’s the reason we had named like ‘Thar-Kuu’and those guys became ‘Kyant-Phwunts’.
    Now, talking about Cronies, they were and they are the ones who supported and supporting the junta who killed our students, tortured our students, our monks and our people. Now when Ah Ma has become very popular they are approaching Ah Ma & NLD. I totally agreed what Ah Ma has said that’ that cronies of the former ruling generals should be investigated for any alleged wrongdoing, but should be considered innocent until proven guilty’.
    So someone has to prove that those ‘Cronies’ are guilty, then there is a big question; ‘WHO’ would do that and ‘HOW’, since they have all the money & they have all those generals on their side, now getting Ah Ma and NLD on their side, getting richer & richer on our country’s resources, even more than 95% of the civilians are still in poverty.
    I’m very sorry to say that, I don’t think this should work.
    This is what Gen Than Shwe wants and this is his strategy that he has systematically blue-printed this way and so far working very well as planned. Just like someone commented yesterday, Than Shwe is very pleased and laughing at current situation.
    Wake up our Burmese people, our country is still under ‘Than Shwe’. If you are still hoping for upcoming general election, you’ll be slapped twice.
    Please go and visit Naypyitaw and check around and find out by yourself. All those BOGYOKES under Gen Than Shwe, they have same privileges, even better and richer.
    So Cronies are even better off after Sanctions were lifted. Before they have too much money & assets but couldn’t be able to spend overseas. Now they are free to use their money and have more assets overseas too.
    In common law, Equity & Justice come together.
    One who comes into equity must come with clean hands.
    There is one simple principal, you can’t lie to yourself. Just ask yourself, if your conscious is clear, you are not guilty. So ask those Cronies the same thing, since 1988 up to today, where do they stand? What did they do? Can they surrender their assets came out of our country’s resources and corrupted money working with junta???

  9. Aung San Su Kyi set out to fight for the freedom for her people of Myanmar in a non violent way against the brutal military regime. That was her sole purpose. She did not at any time proclaimed herself to be nor did she ever set out to be the standard bearer against every human rights abuses being committed on earth. It is unfair to criticize her for not taking the position her critics expected her to do.
    It’s very easy to be critical of her for re her comments about the Rohinga’s and Kachin’s situation. It is unnecessary to remind ourselves that the military’s dominance of Myanmar still persists. Daw Aung San Su Kyi’s and her peoples journey to attain freedom and the rule of law has just begun and the road ahead is long and full of obstacles. It is important the critics understand she is still in the the front line fighting for her people. She needs all the political adroitness, experience and wisdom she possesses to bring about the desired change and not let the brutal thugs bring the reign of terror back to Myanmar. Hasn’t she sacrificed enough? What did her critics think the outcome would be if she spoke up against every human rights abuses. All that sacrifices and gains for nothing. Give her a chance. She is trying her best. Imagine yourself in her shoes and try not to be myopic and look at things from a very narrow perspective.

  10. Cronies are also part of Myanmar. Aung San Su Kyi is exhibiting true leadership when she accepts donations and help from the cronies. If the Devil himself gives donation there is nothing wrong in accepting when the proceeds would be used for the betterment of the Myanmar people. Cronies are humans and except in extreme cases most of us would be hard put not to become one given the conditions they have to exist in. Buddhism teaches us about “Ego”. To refuse donations from the cronies for the benefit of the people would tantamount to gross egotism and stupidness. Cronies have the monies and resources we need for rebuilding our country. Let us show them the right path and turn them into good law abiding Buddha following cronies!

    • Maybe, you grew up eating stolen food. Beggars have higher dignity than thieves. Burmese cronies are thieves and cheaters. If you do not agree with me, show me their tax records. Black money and bloodstained money must not be accepted by Suu Kyi and NLD. It is morally wrong. It gives the wrong signal to the public. “Money can do everything” mentality is unacceptable no matter Suu Kyi tried to persuade the public that she was doing things right. It was not right. It is not right. And, it will never be right. Accepting laundered money? Oh man! Burmese mentality is always the same. You can even buy Suu Kyi, and put her in your pocket now.

    • “good law abiding Buddha following cronies”?

  11. So daw Aung San Suu Kyi should talk for everyone and also for World Peace? Wait a minute!!! Where are the rest of the Noble Peace prize Winners of the world??? Burma belongs to 60 million Burmese people and those 60 million people are as responsible as Daw aung san Suu Kyi in bringing democratic changes to Burma. As a Burmese citizen Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has done her part more than anyone else. Who cares about these Human Rights Groups? They are working for their own benefit.

  12. “Suu Kyi has, however, called for a review of Burma’s citizenship laws, saying that “those entitled to citizenship must not only get citizenship but must be given full rights of the citizen.”
    The questions are (1) who is the responsible for the start of the both sides violent? Both sides will claim that it is self defense. One said there are many suspicious incidences ( death of rapist in prison) and false information from government sides who favor more on Rakhinese claims. If there is no transparency in this investigation, nobody (DASSK) can give comment and opinion on the cause of the start of violent. (2) What is the outcome of this clash? All Rohingya are confined in the poor camps for waiting their horrible fates under the control of cruel than shwe and puppet thein sein. Most Rohingya risk their lives by fleeing country, Burma. How does DASSK take action on this issue? Does she support other Muslim countries’ and UN help to release Rohingya’s suffering in that Than shwe’s concentration camps? I support DASSK accepts Bama cronies donation for the sake of Burma (3) DASSK called for a review of Burma’s citizenship laws. I fully support on her opinion upon this Burma’s citizenship laws, created by notorious Ne win who was targeting Rohingya status in Burma. However, there is a principle of bama military thugs that “it will come but will last” because it does not favour their benefit. (4) When can Rohingya go out to their own, original place for their natural and healthy way of living from those than shwe and thein sein concentration camps? (5) If bama army and police are worried that they have no capability to control the safety and security of both sides, UN can take over those issue. DASSK (lip service at least) needs to address those issues how to help the both sides as early as possible. It is the matter of life and death, particularly on Rohingya now. (5) As a politician, DASSK should not fear from the criticism of different angles. DASSK can say what she knows and what she finds accordingly. DASSK can make a references from bama military government censored information such as both sides were violent. For example , why does the rapist died in the prison readily and easily? Likewise, why do the Buddhist monks get severe burn injury from their peaceful demonstration? Why does the bama military use air strike on ethnic Kachin as a self defense, for dignity of bama soldier and for gaining public trust on bama military government? Military min aung laing admits air strike with his low standard claims and laughable reason. DASSK might want to say both sides ( Kachin and bama military ) are violent although there is bama soldiers’ invasion to Kachin land for robbing Kachin natural resources.

  13. I support cronies to do more, more donation to poor Burmese from their easy money. At the same time, those cronies, being not jealous, being not monopoly business (timber, jade, mining and land) should support granting of permanent stay for oversea Burmese returnees for establishing competitive business for the sake of the Burma. All know that most local Burmese with lack of connection with cronies and military government have no sufficient assets to compete the business with cronies in Burma. Most oversea Burmese are talent, educated , richer than local Burmese and being able to accept the reform or change of Burma if they are willing to come back.

  14. According to the International law sharing the profits of unlawful business in any forms is guility of committng the offence.
    The world is watching.Don’t make a mistake.
    The lady may think that every words she talks is acceptable to Burmese Citizens.
    Nowadays many people are disappointed with her and her dream of becoming the presedent of Burma will never be possible as long as she is not doing what she should do at the right time.
    She needs to listen the criticisms and change her attitudes or she will sooner or later become a corrupt politician of all time in the world.

    • Walking on the red carpets for a few times is making our Lady forget why she spent twenty years under house-arrest. I will never forget that she was not able to participate at her husband’s funeral. I will also remember that her sons grew up without mother’s care. Everything was so much more than normal. Daw Suu was almost a savior. We trusted her so much. If she were not the daughter of our heron, Aung San, she would not get this celebrity treatment. She is so intelligent and more importantly she is the daughter of Aung San. That;s why the generals were afraid of killing her. Killing her can be killing themselves. Suu Kyi has more power than most of the presidents or prime ministers of the world. Her one word is more powerful than a million bullets of Burmese soldiers. Whatever she said, we the people received it. However, it is no longer true. Popularity may be so tempting. We the ethnics were so loyal to her. But her loyalty is dying in the time when we need her the most. Her advocacy and sacrifice for freedom and democracy seem disappearing. The ethnics have been fighting for this cause since independence from British colonial government. Now, ethnics are facing cheats and deaths. They ask for freedom but they are given prison. The ethnics are asking for food but they are given bullets. The ethnics are crying for self-determination but given dictatorship. And, the Kachins are killed on their own land but Daw Suu keeps silent and she turns her deaf ears on the Kachins and other ethnics. This is the Burmese way to democracy.

  15. When she is okay, she does not need defense. She is no longer okay, she tries to defend her action. If she was doing right, she was defended by people. Today, she is trying to defend herself like Ne Win and Than Shwe did. She is absolutely on the wrong path. Her mother was Kayin-Kala, her father was Aso Chin-Burman. She is finally confused not knowing where to go. Sorry. Please keep your Nobel Peace Prize, do not lose it.

    • Dear Pang Long Agreement Treaty
      It is interesting for me to know her (DASSK) root, race and blood. I hope DASSK will soon to give opinion on Pang Long agreement , initiated by G Aung San’s kyat slogan ( lip service).

  16. It is so obvious that DASSK is changing the tide and rethinking itself…how can a trusted person and admire by many fellow brothers and sisters have change herslef…WE are indeed very disappointed in her and from now froward we do not trust her and can’t believe what she says…this is how all the cronies started in this country…we can now say that we believe in the wrong person…afterall, we think that to her money is more important as also she is getting old. We do very much beleive that DASSK will and can become just as corrupt as anyone in Burma. DASSK we are indeed very disappointed with YOU. YOU are not our TRUE sister…SHAME on you!!!

  17. I wish Daw Suu and NLD didn’t accept such donations from cronies to avoid conflict of interest and stick to clean money. Those cronies do not have good reputation and not popular among Burmese people. I think they are tricky. If they really want to help and look back own poor burmese citizen, there are other ways to help them. My question to Daw Suu/NLD and above comment writers who are okay with NLD accepting money from cronies, is that okay for Daw Suu/NLD to accept donations from Steven Law, lord of drug, to use for the reason?

  18. It is very naïve to draw conclusion that Daw Suu aims is to become Burma’s President ‘one day’! For what has she given up, for what has she done, for what has she led to the people, never been about becoming a President!
    She became the symbol and proved the world that non-violence way can bring a successful/ peaceful transition even with the worst form of dictatorship. Just an example, she and her followers were beaten to death (DePayin) but never ever supported even to use self-defense, let alone revenge. As long as both parties, either MM Govt and KIA or Rakhine and Rohinjas use fighting/violence as a way to win over another, this will never solve the problem. This is the historic example for not only Burmese/ people living in Myanmar but also to people around the world!
    Some people wanted to play a role in this ‘exciting time’ within Burma! For what is worth, if your contribution is a virus and conflict is the only way of making your daily income, you might want to consider changing a career!

    • Yeah! You may be right. But so far she has not led us into peace but more hatred and suffering. Where do you see peace in Burma? Suu Kyi herself is in peace, no doubt about that. Maybe, the Myanmarese are in peace, lets say. How about the ethnics? You guys never acknowledge the existence of the ethnics in Burma. “Bethu thethe ngatemar pyi yaw” mentality is your forever concept and stand. Shame on you.

  19. I support Sai Lin Kan’s comment 100%. I know most of the people who write on this pages are kachin ethnics and they are frustrating. But you should understand her position.Daw Suu has brilliant brain. She knows what is the best for Burma and ethnics.

    • You are damn wrong. Many of us who put comments here are not the Kachins. Very few are Kachins but more are from other ethnics. We all got pissed off, Khin. Superior minded Myanmarese are always the problem-makers.

  20. Money makes everything.

  21. Afterall Junta used the lady for their gain.
    Kachins and monks have a lot of pain.
    Cronies and Junta never be tamed.
    If China projects are the same–
    our country will be in flame.
    ASSK ,you need to use your brain and should be changed as your effort to DEMOCRACY is in vain.

  22. Don’t worry. We will vote for her to make sure that Daw Suu becomes the Future President of the Union. I’m sure many of the Burmese people here are those who live abroad, work in factories and making comments here out of emotions without understanding what is actually happeneing in Burma. your comments don’t really count as Burmese people those who live inside Burma will make sure that there will be changes in Burma. Strength is within the country but it doesn’t come from abroad. My only question to all of the Burmese here is ” What have you done for Burma”? If the answer is ” No”, Shame on you guys!!!

  23. Thanks Khin. We need people like you those who can see the truth. There is no other politician in Burma who cares about us like Daw Suu does.

  24. Totally support & agreed on George Than Setkyar Heine’s comment.
    Facts are all true & we all should be aware of those.

  25. Please put your comment in a respectful way and use an appropriate language to critize Daw Suu. The cronies probably have a long term plan and intention behind their donations. The donated amount, less than $100K, is too small. Why not ask them to donate at least $10M – $20M from each person for bigger projects to help poor Burmese. Bring the money back to general public including from the corrupted generals and their family members. People will most likely can forgive them of they do that.

  26. Come on guys calm down and think carefully before making extremely emotional and judgmental negative remarks about Daw Aung San Su Kyi which you will deeply regret later.
    There a saying the bamboo sways with the strong wind. A small branch will break if it does not bend when the wind is strong.
    Have we all forgotten the sufferings and sacrifices she went through to win freedom and justice for her people. Did she spend the prize monies including the million dollar plus she got on herself? Daw Aung San Su Kyi has made a promise (dek-than) before our Lord Buddha to win freedom and justice. Believe in her, trust her, support her with all your hearts if you want freedom, liberty and justice for all the people’s of Myanmar. Of course she is fully aware of the ongoing injustices and the strength of the dark forces lurking beneath the surface. In the jungle the leader of the pack of wolves is getting old and losing strength but the young challenger is aware he needs to grow bigger and stronger not to mention gain experience to challenge and win the fight. A wise young wolf never fight from a position of weakness. Only a foolish one would.

  27. Money makes the world goes round.
    But ASSK / NLD is loosing their integrity by accepting money from so called cronies once they have criticized. ASSK/NLD is a polical party not Buddhist monks. Cronies became so rich because of Western sanction asked by ASSK.
    ASSK has depend so much on Western world and under estimated the Asian world.
    Anyway cronies are creating jobs for people there while western sanctions had made factories workers loosing their jobs and have go to neighboring countries for earnings and some have being exploited.
    As Buddhists the cronies had donate monks, monasteries, hospitals and school on their own accord. I wish ASSK has principle and do not accept money from those she had criticized politically.

  28. This is a Burmese way to criticize someone being mush richer and getting more reputations than he or she is. Let’s face it. Because of the hard and long struggle, chiefly the efforts and the political contributions of DASSK and his followers, for democracy, now the country is all about for it. Talking about the conflict between the Kachin armed group and military, there are several facts to be considered about what caused the fighting. Here is a simple question, is it better?, if we call them, KIA ethnic armed group or as terrorist armed group considering all about what they have done in public sectors, like forcing and seizing their own native Kachin people to enter their group, exploding the so many bridges, raping young ladies, and destroying others that are the use of the public. I do not think the are worth to be called as ethnic armed group protecting their land and people. So my point of view on the military’s actions to KIA is nothing to criticize, but more serious responses will be better if they do not stop raping girls around their areas, exploding and destroying others concerning to the whole people in Myanmar.

    • “KIA raping young ladies”

      Care to provide any proof?

      On the other hand, let me know if you want see proves of rape bonanza by Burman soldiers in ethnic lands.

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