Last year the world witness the height of the cruelty towards Rohingyas that was (and actually still) made by the military junta. However, little is heard about the minor ethnic group nowadays. The people is supposed to be the main issue of the landslide victory by the National League for Democracy (NLD), since Aung San Suu Kyi is sought as a hero of peace. Albeit 101 political prisoners were liberated few weeks ago, a mystery still remains whether Rohingyas will be given equal freedom and nationality as other people in the country.
The NLD won 77% of the seats in the last November general election. Unfortunately, an act of the constitution prevented Suu Kyi from being president because she has a son of British nationality. Suu Kyi claims that she will be the de facto leader of the government although the de jure must be someone else.
If Myanmar wants to advance and raise the bar, the world will observe their actions towards the people living in the country. Through the exodus of the Rohingyas, more than 3000 of them perished at the Andaman Sea either of starvation or missing. Many were also threatened by bandits, being a slave of human traficking in few Thai islands and Malaysia. Shocking mass graves were found near the Malaysian-Thailand border. Malaysia has accepted 120,000 illegal migrants, Thailand and Australia close its gates to them, Indonesia only accepts a few thousands, and Bangladesh can’t even feed its own people.
Rohingya people are unluckier than those refugees fleeing across the Mediterranean, not only because they have been abused for decades, but also they are running from a country not of ‘war zone’ status. The Syrians at least have somewhere to run unlike Rohingyas-they can run but nowhere to go.
The only solution to this unresting turmoil lies in the hands of the NLD. Suu Kyi must prove her worthiness of the Nobel prize she received by restoring hope and light to the abused Rohingya people.
A problem pops out: Will Suu Kyi be able to gain control forever or will the president turn his back on Suu Kyi? Myanmar is ranked the 147th (out of 167) of the least corrupted country in the world for last year’s report by Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perception Index. Suu Kyi is the one who works the NLD party towards victory and she’s the face of the party. Either one of these possibilities will happen- i) the members of NLD are loyal and view Suu Kyi as a calibre leader, or- ii) the president will stab her back, either secretly allied to Thein Sein or Buddhist monks or just sheer personal political greed.
That’s not the only matter. Will Suu Kyi revert the fate of the Rohingyas although her influence is able to stand its ground? A former Malaysian High Court judge, Dato’ Syed Ahmad Idid, said in Malaysia’s New Straits Times comments section last August, before the election, ”Is she Myanmar’s shining star that gives light to the country or just another run-of-the-mill politician with only the thought of winning the election?” If she’s truly worthy of her Nobel prize, then surely the first thought is the answer.
The culture of superiors oppressing the inferiors needs to stop. Humans can love each other and grow together. It’s not very hard to see that. Some greed for more and as a result, they are forced to kill each other. In the end, what every human wants- is simply peace, that’s all and nothing more.