DAP to move motion of urgent, definite public importance in Parliament on the deteriorating human rights situation in Burma and in particular the security of Burmese Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the five-day car sit-in protest


Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang  

(Petaling Jaya, Wednesday): I have given notice to the Speaker of Dewan Rakyat, Tun Mohamad Zahir Ismail  that I would be raising the issue of the five-day car sit-in of Burmese Opposition Leader, Aung San Suu Kyi in Parliament tomorrow on a motion of urgent definite public importance under Standing Order 18.

In my motion in Parliament tomorrow, I will seek to adjourn the House to debate the deteriorating human rights situation in Myanmar and in particular the security of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Among the reasons which I would be advancing in Parliament tomorrow in support of my motion are the following:

The human rights situation in Myanmar is deteriorating rapidly with  as many as 40 MPs currently under arrest and Aung San Suu Kyi and National League for Democracy (NLD) members and supporters are suffering increased harassment and restriction of movement, as the five-day car sit-in by Aung San Suu Kyi at the police roadblock in her car at the southwestern village of Anyarsu about 64 km (20 miles) from Yangon to protest against the ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) moves to stop her from meeting her party members.

The Burmese situation became critical in the last month, with as many as 900 people detained since the NLD issued an ultimatum to the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) to allow the convening of Parliament on the 21st of August.  MPs from the NLD are being forced to register with authorities night and day, those refusing, by order, are being detained.

At the ASEAN Summit in Manila yesterday (Tuesday July 28), seven Foreign Ministers  from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, the European Union and the US, met with their counterpart from Myanmar to press concerns about human rights and asked for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to be released from the  five-day police roadblock.

Malaysia and last week’s  Asean Ministerial Meeting  in Manila  should have  take a major initiative to promote democratisation and national reconciliation and  protest against the Myanmese  military junta’s latest clampdown on the freedom of movement of Aung San Suu Kyi.

The National Economic Recovery Plan (NERP)  of the National Economic Action Council (NEAC) released by Special Functions Minister, Tun Daim Zainuddin last Thursday rightly pointed out that the regional  currency crisis ‘has demonstrated how closely the currency and stock markets in the region are interlinked and how the political and economic circumstances of neighbouring countries affect one another’, and for this reason, the Malaysian Parliament should hold an urgent Parliamentary debate to express the human rights concerns of MPs and Malaysians about developments in Myanmar as well as to express support for the following:
 

(29/7/98)


*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member of Parliament for Tanjong