How They See The Lady… Daw Aung San Suu Kyi How They See The Lady…By The IrrawaddyApril 2007 The Irrawaddy asked ethnic leaders how they view Aung San Suu Kyi and her leadership in the country’s almost two-decade long pro-democracy movement “We ethnic members have studied her from the very beginning. Having listened to her speech at the Shwedagon rally in 1988 and met with her on several occasions, we have come to believe that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a person, and a leader, who will accept r 九份民宿eality. “But we’ve never expected a political leader who is completely flawless. Since the popular uprising in 1988, there have been weaknesses among politicians who have played a leading role in Burma’s politics—including me. As we have weaknesses, we are still failing to achieve a democratic nation. So, should we blame her alone for the failure? We all are responsible for that.” —Aye Thar Aung, secretary of the Arakan 澎湖民宿 League for Democracy party, based in Rangoon “She’s a very brilliant and intelligent woman leader, but still there are some [areas] that need improvement. She should have strengthened her party. Now that it has been sidelined by the authorities, the party has weakened. “She’s exercising [Mahatma] Gandhi’s peaceful way in political struggle but in my view, her party is too obedient to the authorities. There should be defiance. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s solo s 清境truggle appears to be exercising heroism. As a result, there’s a gap between top and bottom.”—Shwe Ohn, a leader of the banned United Nationalities League for Democracy, who attended the 1947 Panglong conference, based in Rangoon “After her release in 2002, I went to Rangoon and met with her. I told her that Kachin people cast doubts on you because (former prime minister) U Nu and (the late dictator) Ne Win are Burman and so are you, and you might follow their steps. “I 汽車美容asked her in private, ‘How about you?’ Then she said that ethnic affairs could not be ignored and if the issue could not be addressed, Burma’s political problem will never be solved. She stressed that in her public speech the following day. So, like her father (Gen Aung San), I believe she would be faithful to the country and to ethnic people.” —Duwa Maran Zau Awng, an ethnic Kachin representative for the National League for Democracy, witnessed the 1947 Panglong conference as an obs 洗車erver and currently lives in exile “In my view, looking at her and her party’s public statements of how they will build up a federated nation with ethnic rights, I strongly believe she is the best leader for us.“I think the criticisms of her are invalid. She has sought talks with the government in order to solve the problems the country faces. But, she has never had a chance. Instead, she has been detained. I have worked with her, and she has always been quick to correct any mistakes that she has 鍍膜made.”—Cin Siang Thang, chairman of the ethnic Zomi National Congress party, based in Rangoon “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi understands very well Burma’s politics, especially two issues: democracy and ethnic minorities. Beyond that, I believe she knows that only after those issues are solved will the country be able to attain peace and wealth. “Her leadership is so gigantic and powerful that the military leaders are frightened of having put her under house arrest. So far, she gets little opportunity to use her abilitie 翻譯社s. “In a leader, we look for abilities. Does he or she have a vision of the country’s whole situation; do they take responsibility for the country and its entire people, including ethnic minorities; and finally, does the leader have courage. Without those characteristics, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would not be where she stands today. I believe she can lead the country together with all active political and ethnic groups.” —Mahn Sha, secretary of Burma’s oldest and strongest rebel group, the Karen National Union “Daw Aung San Su 酒店打工u Kyi is a respected national leader not only recognized by the people of Burma but also by the international community. We recognize and respect her as a leader. With her party, the National League for Democracy, we have a common belief that the political problems must be solved only through political means. We believe in her leadership. “She understands the feelings and rights of ethnic minorities. Some differences between the ethnic minorities and the Burmese majority come from the narrow-minded nationalist sentiments of a few groups fro 租屋m both sides.”—Nai Oung Ma-nge heads the foreign affairs department of the New Mon State Party, which has signed a ceasefire agreement with the military regime “We recognize her as a leader of the country and believe she can lead the country’s transformation process. Therefore, she has to take part in a tripartite dialogue towards reconciliation. So does her National League for Democracy, as the winner of the 1990 elections.” —Rimond Htoo, Secretary-1 of the exiled Karenni National Progressive Party http://www.irrawaddy.org/aviewer.asp?a=6885& 建築設計z=102 .