During the campaign of democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the Shan State, she asked the full support of ethnic Chinese and Shan to cast their votes on her on April 1 by- elections.
With an estimated crowd of 20,000 citizens staying in Lashio, a town near the border of China, stated that people are destabilizing her party the National League for Democracy (NLD) with the creation of irrelevant issues up to the extent of making threats to the community of ethnic Chinese. Most of them are of Chinese origin but are actually holding Myanmar citizenship, The News reported.
Part of her speech says that these ethnic Chinese businessmen and merchants are experiencing threats in their business particularly if the NLD will win in the election. But as a peace loving democratic leader, she expressed her disappointments regarding this matter telling everyone that these are false accusations thrown at her and to her party. She reiterated what could have been a verbal sabotage by her rival candidates.
People whose presence were there were holding placards and streamers with the saying “People for Suu, Suu for the people”. She explained that she did not run for a position just to devastate the business established by the Chinese group.
In her statement, though a good diplomatic tie is taking place between Myanmar and China, minimal problems were handled very well. It is essential that an open communication be established to understand and can easily remedy whatever problem arise and this is what she hope and longed for in her relationship with China, she said.
Lashio is considered as the heart of business trade in Myanmar by the Chinese businessmen. They are engaged in garment business and also with electronic stuff and most business shops and houses have Chinese marks. It is known that the second biggest trading partner and biggest foreign investor in Myanmar is China. This neighbouring country had been an instant protector of Myanmar that brought disgrace and shame to the country and the effects of international sanctions imposed on them.
She stressed that by doing business in their country they are likely to benefit whatever progress is encountered but on the other hand she also explained that the people in Myanmar must also benefit from it. She believes that it should work both ways.
She seeks to open awareness on the wrongdoings of other party as there are reports on some irregularities being done nationwide like for instance deceased people are listed as voters.
She advised those who were in the campaign sorties that it is important for them to report any forms of cheating, threat or risks that may endanger their life so as to make the appropriate and proper action. At any rate, all the reforms undertaken by this government left an impression that they are on the way to a more developed and progressive form of democratic system of government and for a harmonious national reconciliation.