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Did Senior General Min Aung Hlaing consult Daw Aung San Suu Kyi before his crackdown on Bengalis?



Did Senior General Min Aung Hlaing consult Daw Aung San Suu Kyi before his crackdown on Bengalis(so called Rohingya)?


If the UN fact finding mission made this accusation inside Myanmar(Burma), quoting that “Senior General Min Aung Hlaing consulted State counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi before his crackdown on Bengalis(so called Rohingya)”, most people, (inside Burma) will say that the UN fact finding mission is childish to believe that sort of claim. Otherwise, they will question the wisdom of that mission. Some will even think this UN fact finding mission is in the pocket of the Junta or biased. Some will say that the UN fact finding mission is crazy to believe that sort of claim in the first place.


People will claim that if the Senior General listened to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma will be blessed by now with peace, stability and prosperity. You must question why Burmese people don’t believe in such an idiotic claim.


First of all, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and the opposition parties including Arakan National Party led by U Aye Maung boycotted Kofi Anan Committee, formed by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. In addition, there was a national security meeting on 30th June 2017 to beef up the security in the Rakhine state. That meeting was not attended by Senior General and only attended by his deputy. His reason was that the meeting is not a formal national security council meeting stipulated in the constitution. In addition, he profoundly disagreed with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi because Daw Aung San Suu Kyi failed to approve the extension of his retirement age beyond 60. In Burma, a civil servant has to retire at the age of 60 but Senior General didn’t want to retire at that age and wanted an extension around that time in. When Daw Aung San Suu Kyi failed to approve on time in July 2016 when he reaches his 60, he was very agitated, doing everything in his power to stage a coup based on the constitution. In Burma’s constitution, he could take over the power if the national security council agreed on it . The national security council is made up of six military backed men and five civilians. Later, he refused to meet with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on a one to one basis. The other evidence is that Senior General jailed Suu Kyi’s close aide Myo Yan Naung Thein for criticising him, just before the Rohingya crisis. In addition, the Senior General also asked the chief minister of Yangon, U Phyo Min Thein to apologise about him in July, 2017 because the Chief Minister just said that the Senior General position is just a Director General position in a democratic country but it is equivalent to the Vice President in Burma. This was widely known in Burma and it was in all of the newspapers in July 2017, just before the ARSA’s attack. Therefore, it will be a beggar’s belief to trust in his claim that he consulted with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi before his crackdown on Rohingya. He only moved his troops after Army Generals met with Arakan Nationalist Party’s leaders and they demanded his army’s help. This meeting was published in all of the newspapers at that time as well.

Do you have any more evidence? Well, yes I do. If you look at the parliament’s channel in Burma, there is a constant confrontation between the unelected army representatives and MPs from the governing party, NLD. Therefore, the average person will easily recognise that the army chief is not consulting with state counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. In addition, there are lots of criminals like the hate preacher, Wirathu and the mastermind in assassination of NLD legal adviser U Ko Ni are on the run and the military backed security apparatus never managed to catch them. If the Senior General is consulting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, these criminals should be jailed by now.

In Summary, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is not afraid of any prosecution. She spent most of her life under house arrest. She only wants to serve her people. The UN fact finding mission and other UN representatives should make some credible accusation rather than cheap shot. I hope this article will clear the air about whether the Senior General Min Aung Hlaing consulted with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi before his crackdown on Bengalis.


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