By Zaw Gyi (Panita)
A mass rally was held in front of the City Hall nearby the Maha Bandoola Park at 4 pm on 24 September, to show people’s solidarity with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s endeavors towards peace and harmony in Rakhine State.
People depicted their whole-hearted supports toward State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s efforts over Rakhine State Affairs and peace process being implemented, by holding vinyl posters portraying large photos of State Counsellor. Then, a communiqué consisting of four points issued by civilian societies of Myanmar citizens of Muslim extraction was read out, saying it has wholeheartedly supported towards Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s national address made on 19 September.
Here are some excerpts from the voices of artists, film stars, vocalists, men of letters and persons from political sphere present at the rally.
U Mya Aye (88 Generation, Peace and Open Society)
I assume that there must be solidarity to liberate a country out of a crisis. The current problems cannot be solved overnight. And, several countries are fighting and blaming against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi too excessively for us to tolerate these criticisms. So, we cannot sit still with our mouths closed, to come here now.
We have moved toward for the democratic transition, just now reaching nearly two years only. Such a rally is meant for sharing the message that all of the difficulties the incumbent government is experiencing presently cannot be solved with a great momentum. We want our people to rightfully review all the problems. We all would like to proceed to the stage of assuring every individual of equal rights, as would Daw Aung San Suu Kyi herself. It can be vividly in her speech. We firmly believe that the right of dealing with all the problems will have to be entrusted to her. Failing that, people are worried about the country will be in for, as the pressure is increasingly amounted on the government. Accordingly, now people are willingly coming to join the government’s endeavors. As a result, it is evident that people are not speaking aloud, in a carefree way that they stand altogether with the incumbent government.
It will take us time, to some extent in transforming a country into a new state. Here, in my opinion, it is of great essentiality for the whole populace to build up the solidarity among us, regardless of race and religion. It is none other than the fact that we need to encourage and support the endeavours the government had dealt with, simultaneously hence the need to cooperate by criticizing weak points found out in constructive way. The most important thing is for us to firmly stand on the stance that we all are Myanmar citizens, though being different races and religions.
U Thar Htwe (Pann-Ye-Lann Music Band)
We see Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, people’s leader dealing with the country’s current affairs in best ways. So, we came here in support of her efforts for the country. We firmly believe that our supports will help her reduce the impact of current problems. And similar rallies are being found to have been held in many countries. By doing so, the remaining parts of the world will be convinced of actualities of our country. In other word, I assume that they will alleviate international pressure. With regard to the current Rakhine State Affairs, the international communities will conceive similar ideas and trusts like us towards our leader.
Mone San Nyunt Oo (the Poet)
I came here of my own accord. As for me, I wholly support every effort of Mom Su, our leader, including the Rakhine State Affairs and peace process being solved by Mom Su. Being the government elected by ourselves, the government led by Mom Su is dealing with all the problems in unbiased ways. Such a support shows the whole world that we always stand with our Mom Su. We assume that the international community will come to know the endeavours of our leader via media, acknowledging the actualities in our country to the full.
Daw Moe Moe Su Kyi (Yangon Region Parliamentarian)
As our State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is always standing with the whole populace, we took active participation in the support rally. As known by all, not only in Yangon but also in many countries, our Myanmar Brethren are making rallies in support for the State Counsellor. We all know that she had made her concerted effort for the country. As far as I know, today’s event was held under the leadership of youths. In such a campaign led by youths, I believe that we should stand with the people. So, to become good followers of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and to exactly follow the path our leader is leading, we took part in the rally.
Ma Darli Myint (Social Alliance)
We want national peace. Simultaneously, being well convinced that Auntie Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is making efforts for peace and stability of the country, we came here. We always stand with our Nation. Regarding former events, we released statements with a view to depicting that we always stand with the country. We regard all the individuals living in Myanmar as a human being. We never thought of races and religions. We hope for the best for we firmly stand on our own stance.