State­ment wasn’t in ref­er­ence to Suu Kyi

The Mercury - - OPINION -

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

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