In following phone interview Shin Wirathu explained to Irrawaddy’s Sanay Lin that he was basically preaching for the protection of Burmese Race and Buddhist Religion and not explicitly about whether Suu Kyi should not become the president in 2015.
“If Daw Suu’s late husband were a Burmese national she wouldn’t be facing the problems she is now. Past military governments wouldn’t be able to attack her on that point and she also wouldn’t need to fight to amend the 59-F like she is doing all over now,” said Shin Wirathu.
Question: Both U Shwe Mann (Parliament’s Speaker) and ASSK are openly talking about their presidential ambitions for 2015. We still do not know of President U Thein Sein’s intention for next term and what are your opinions on all that?
|ASSK drumming up people to change 2008 Constitution.|
But her weakness is her lack of experience in governing a nation like ours. She hardly knows Burma and the peculiarities of our nation. She only knows revolution and how to attack the government. If she becomes the president we will have disruptive chaos in this country.
The present racial and religious riots will be occurring much more than now. People who do not like her now and who are already against her will rise up against her weak administration. I would have accepted her as our president out of three contenders if she knows our country well. But she does not, at all.
Question: What do you think of the basic concept that she must not be our president since she married to a foreigner (a British national) and she has two foreigner sons?
Question: What we are hearing now is that you’re preaching in your Dammah sermons that Daw Suu shouldn’t become president. Do you want to comment on that?
Just because of her failure to maintain her race she is now being criticised by most our women folks, almost assassinated by the Kyant-Phut (USDP) in Depayin, repeatedly attacked by the military government, and desperately fighting to amend the Constitution in the parliament. I’m just preaching on that.
|Monk Shin Wirathu delivering sermon criticizing ASSK.|
One thing our people urgently need now is this Ah-myo-zount Act. So far more than 4 million people have signed the public petition for this act. There are more people willing to sign but we couldn’t include them as we had to submit the petition to the parliament urgently and we did.
Right now many parliament members like Daw Suu are refusing to make this proposal a law and basically abandoning his or her constituents by ignoring their demands. If Daw Suu stops neglecting people and starts making this proposal a law of this land she could become a president. We even dare ourselves to put up her statue and worship her.
Question: So what were the responses and comments from your audiences on you using Daw Suu as a bad example for not protecting her race and religion?
Question: You being a Buddhist monk and at the same time attacking Daw Suu by using her as an example of loose Burmese women who betrayed her race and married a foreigner is being criticised by some. Do you want to say anything on that?
So what we are doing now is actually in conformance with Lord Buddha’s teachings and Buddhism. Thus if
|ASSK speaking at a public gathering demanding constitution |
change so that she could become president in 2015.
We monks are not for the government or against the government. We also are not for the NLD or against the NLD. We even intend to cooperate with Muslims if it is beneficial for our race and religion and culture.
Nobody is pulling strings behind me. Nobody is asking me to knock Aug San Suu Kyi off 2015 general elections. Nobody is ordering me to do what I’ve been doing. I have my own believes, my own principles, and my own standing.
Question: Some are already saying that in this early stage of our country’s nascent democratic transformation if we’re arguing bitterly against each other race wise and religion wise like what your monks are doing now it can adversely affect our nation’s shift to democracy.
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