National League for Democracy figures and exiled student leaders who have arrived on the Thai-Burma border from Rangoon this week have flagged their deep concern about Suu Kyi’s health.
“She is very weak, we don’t know what is going to happen at this stage,” said one Burman student leader.
Asked if he thought Suu Kyi might kill herself, he replied: “We really don’t know, but she is getting weaker and it doesn’t look good.”
A senior Karen National Liberation Army figure said Suu Kyi’s opportunity to play any role in the country’s future was diminishing.
“I would say she has no future role,” said Colonel Nerdah Mya, son of the venerated General Bo Mya, who died in 2006.
“I think she will die in jail, under house arrest,” said Nerdah during an interview inside Burma surrounded by bodyguards.
Colonel Nerdah, who has a junta-sponsored bounty on his head, conceded it would be a blow for all Burmese opposition groups if Suu Kyi died.
But should the situation change in Burma and free and fair elections be held, he said he felt Suu Kyi could certainly lead the country.
Nerdah said anyone could become president if they were the people’s choice.
“Anyone who wants to be president must be elected, anyone who wants to be a member of parliament must be elected,” he said.
“But until we get rid of the SPDC [State Peace and Development Council, the ruling military junta] then everything we are talking about here is just a dream, there’s no point,” he said.
Suu Kyi is said to have refused food for almost four weeks now, but Burma’s police chief, Khin Yee, dismissed such claims.
Arguably the longest hunger strike on record is 385 days by Dennis Galer Goodwin, which ended in a UK prison in 1973.
He was protesting a rape charge.
But prison authorities are said to have force-fed Goodwin with a tube during that time.
It is unlikely the SPDC would take such measures to keep Suu Kyi alive.
Democratic Voice of Burma
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
(DVB)–The National League for Democracy and the Burmese regime have offered conflicting responses to rumours that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is staging a hunger strike.
The NLD said in a statement on 5 September that it was concerned by the fact that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had not been accepting her daily food basket for about three weeks.
The party said it had learned that she was refusing food as a protest against her unlawful detention, the treatment of her two live-in helpers and the authorities’ refusal to allow her doctor to visit between January and August this year.
State police chief Khin Yi said in a news conference in Naypyidaw that there was no indication that the pro-democracy leader was staging a hunger strike.
Khin Yi said his assessment was based on reports from her lawyer and doctor who had recently visited her, but would not confirm whether the authorities are carrying out their own checks.
NLD spokesman U Nyan Win’s said that Khin Yi’s words had been deliberately vague.
“It doesn’t mean that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is not staging a hunger strike,” Nyan Win said.
“It only means that they have had no indication that she is staging a hunger strike,” he said.
“More worrying than the issue of whether they should confirm it or not is the way they are not showing any responsibility.”
Separately, the NLD also confirmed on Saturday that one of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s helpers had been admitted to hospital the day before.
Nyan Win said he had tried to visit the woman, whose mother Daw Khin Khin Win is also Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s helper and companion.
“What I can confirm is that she is taking treatment at the hospital on Barr Street,” Nyan Win said.
“I went there but was unable to meet her because of hospital regulations, so I can only say that she has been hospitalised,” he said.
“I cannot tell you why she is in hospital because I do not know the reason; it would be inappropriate for me to link this incident to our statement.”
As Khin Khin Win is in the hospital with her daughter, there is also concern that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is alone in her home.
Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw
Security blanket at hospital where Daw Suu’s aide is admitted
Thursday, 11 September 2008 21:15
New Delhi - A security blanket envelops the Muslim Charity Hospital on Barr Street, Kyauktada Township, Rangoon where Win Pa Pa, daughter of Khin Khin Win, who takes care of detained Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is being treated for the sixth day today.
The National League for Democracy party spokesman Nyan Win said security has been beefed up at the hospital. He saw many plainclothes policemen and policewomen along with other security personnel in and around the hospital on Barr Street where Ma Win Pa Pa (28) is being treated.
“The security personnel, plainclothes policemen and women are deployed in and around the hospital,” NLD spokesman Nyan Win said.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s physician Dr. Tin Myo Win also confirmed that security has been tightened at the hospital.
“There is deployment of security personnel. I can’t say whether it is more or less,” he said.
Dr. Tin Myo Win denied the news that has been circulating that Ma Win Pa Pa has been discharged from the hospital and shifted to another hospital.
“She has not been discharged from the hospital. She is still in our hospital and her condition has improved. But Ma Win Pa Pa needs more medical attention here,” he said.
Khin Khin Win and her daughter Win Pa Pa who have stayed with pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and looked after her since 1997 were initially allowed to move freely out of Daw Suu’s residence but the junta authorities restricted their movement since 2004. They have to suffer confinement along with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who is under house arrest.
Daniel Pedersen Mae Sot, Thailand
Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is definitely on a hunger strike, refusing food rations from Burma’s ruling military junta and rescue packages from concerned supporters, dissidents said yesterday.