Statement wasn’t in reference to Suu Kyi
AN ARTICLE by Dr Devi Rajab entitled “Heroes may not ignore”, the Mercury, September 13, refers.
The article was about Myanmar and described the suffering of the Rohingya Muslim.
It stated that I defended Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. This conclusion was drawn from a statement from a chat group in which I wrote: “Is it not also true that when in any office a person does not have the power to speak as an individual but as a collective and therefore sometimes their hands are tied and lips sealed.”
I want to clarify the context in which this statement was made. Aslam Mayat posted a YouTube clip of a Canadian diplomat who criticised Daw Suu Kyi’s inaction.
Below the clip he wrote words to this effect: “Isn’t it a truism that when in office people have their lips sealed but when they retire they begin to speak out.”
Clearly one would think that this refers to the Canadian diplomat and not Daw Suu Kyi. I accordingly elaborated on that statement and wrote the above quoted lines.
They were certainly not in reference to Daw Suu Kyi, I was just agreeing with Aslam that in general this happens.
I am glad that I am still alive to defend myself !
ELA GANDHI Durban