Key Criterion Words in Proxy Leaderships Chosen by Aung San Suu Kyi

Key words in Aung San Suu Kyi's choices of proxies (formula for failure)

a 'good liberal family', 'un-assuming', 'quiet' 'polite', 'man of few words', 'scholar', 'famous father', 'absolutely loyal' (to the Lady).

Before it was absolutely loyal cousin - Dr Sein Win - who played Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's puppet.

Now it's U Htin Kyaw's turn.

Absolute (personal) loyalty versus real leadership qualities as the most crucial criterion in national politics has produced absolutely disastrous consequences for the nation - in the last half century.

General Ne Win was known to have institutionalized this despicable trait of those in power - personal loyalty.

Senior General Than Shwe has merely continued with this harmful practice.

Now Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has done it herself.

For someone who has been involved in Burmese exile politics from 1988 onward until 2004 - when I openly declared my opposition to the sanctions/isolation orthodoxy of NLD - I had lived through this 'absolute loyalty' bullshit.

According to Professor Christina Fink, then 'a pigeon' between thhe exile groups and ASSK, it was her first cousin Dr Sein Win who met that criterion: the Lady told her Dr Sein Win had her full support (as her representative abroad). Over the years, it was proven beyond reasonable doubts that the Cousin Proxy wasn’t cut to play the role she envisioned for him: no initiative, leadership qualities - much less revolutionary qualities and any other trait that would have helped build an international exile movement to compliment his cousin's non-violence campaign inside Burma.

Dr Sein Win is a quiet, unassuming mathematician, whose father was General Aung San's older brother and martyred alongside Aung San. He was known universally as a man with no political ambitions who was not cut to play the role he was assigned to play as "Prime Minister of the government in exile" (National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, formed at the then KNU headquarters with the backing of the KNU and KIO).

Now this sordid history is repeating in Burma:

U Htin Kyaw, from a 'good liberal family', 'un-assuming', 'quiet' 'polite', 'man of few words', 'scholar', 'famous father', 'absolutely loyal' to the Lady.

Both are lovely, likeable men worthy of respect. But the country struggling against a neo-absolutist military regime needs more than gentlemen from “good families”, ofr a Lady from an exemplary family.

But again We the People have no other choice than live the consequences of the deeds of the Leader they love.
We reap what we sow. And many still don’t have a clue as to what it is ‘We’ are sowing.
I rest my case.


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