Letter from Dr.U Myint

Sunday, May 1, 2011

30 April 2011
Dear Mr. Editor,

As you know, there have been some speculation and expression of concern regarding my relationship with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. It is true I have been having private chats with her. These chats have been free, frank, open and were held in a friendly and congenial atmosphere. I am much older than her and did a short stint as a teacher at the university. However, I suspect in order to put a grumpy old man at ease, she always graciously addresses me as “saya”.

Of course, we sometimes talk about the economy. When we do that I become more grumpy. On these occasions, despite what she has gone through, she remains calm, collected, cheerful and very upbeat. So I often wonder, who is trying to cheer up who.

I tell her economics is too important to be left to economists and we must all pull together. She agrees. I tell her, although I served 20 years in the United Nations as a senior economist, she should not think I have 20 years UN experience. It is more like one year’s experience repeated 20 times. I also tell her after 20 years with the UN, I can be very wishy washy if I want to be. But that special talent, I keep in reserve for better times.

Let me conclude by expressing my deep appreciation to all those who have shown interest and have expressed concern regarding my relationship with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. To put you at ease and to place matters in proper perspective, my latest message to her reads as follows, quote: “Dear Ms. Suu Suu: Listen to Mozart. Take care of your health. Don’t get too upset if your internet says – “server not found”, or “Oops! You have been disconnected”. This is happening to all of us, all the time. Warm regards, Saya U Myint”. End quote.

Best wishes,
U Myint


  1. Anonymous said... :

    Thanks! Irrawaddy!

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  1. Anonymous said... :

    Well .. I would say, it's funny... I mean, I don't know what the letter's intention, purpose or anything that makes us think something. But I would say that, .. I believe in Our Mother Suu Kyi!! Let us see what can the new government do. I would say that the new government and their allies are on the verge of their darkness, if they are not honest!!

  1. Anonymous said... :

    The SPDC needs to empower individuals and group so that we can build our communities based on justice, equality and mutual respect.

  1. Anonymous said... :

    Saya U Myint distanced himself from political questions at RFA interview just before this post, giving reason that his role (in the advisory business) was pure economical. And now we see this vague message at our wits end asking Daw Su to listen Mozart, not to be too upset with what are happening to us all the time. Does it lead anything with this message? Scratchy perhaps - which I pray would be better for all's interest.
    One sincerely hopes the whole scenario would not end up with another game plan for pulling legs and buying time - inadvertently at least for those who are innocent. If it does it would be the doomsday of democracy in Burma. Indications are that there are widely ranged well organised, heavily invested and effectively covert networks to that ends. A humble word of caution to Daw Su, without having slightest doubt on her wisdom, is nothing short of absolute vigilante as this could be the most hazardous of all she might ever come to term with.

  1. Anonymous said... :

    I don't understand context of the letter, but know Dr. Myint to be an excellent individual and one who probably wrote the recent excellent report.

    As for Daw Suu, she is a genius and ALWAYS Excellent - in fact she is light years ahead of everyone.

    Min Zin said she even called him "Ko Min Zin" when he was thirteen, which is how it should be.

    James O'Brien

  1. Anonymous said... :

    I respect admire Dr. U Myint's experience, work and education (ျမန္မာလိုဆို လူႀကီးတစ္ေယာက္အေနနဲ႔ေရာ ပညာရွင္တစ္ေယာက္ အေနနဲ႔ေရာ ေလးစားပါတယ္) but as my understand of what his letter means is "Hey Ma Su (and all the people), I am now the advisor of the PRESIDENT Thein Sein!! Don't mess with me". ... အဲလို ဆိုလိုတယ္လို႔ပဲ ေကာက္ခ်က္ခ်ရမလိုပါပဲ .. :D

  1. Anonymous said... :

    ေအာ္..ျမန္မာျပည္သူ.ေတြ ဒီေလာက္ ဆာေလာင္ငတ္ျပတ္ေနတဲ့ အခ်ိန္မွာ မိုးဇက္ကို နားေထာင္ခိုင္းျပီး၊ relax လုပ္ခိုင္းေနေသးတယ္..။ ဆက္ရတဲ့ တယ္လီဖုန္းက ေခၚမၾကား၊ ေအာ္မၾကား၊ စီးရတဲ့ကားက အစုတ္၊ ေတာထဲမွာ ျဖစ္သလို ရွာစားေနရတဲ့ တိုင္းရင္းသားေတြ၊ လယ္ကြင္းျပင္မွာ ေက်ာင္းတက္ရတဲ့ ေက်ာင္းသားေတြကိုမွ မေထာက္။ လုပ္စရာေတြ အမ်ားၾကီး။ ကုိယ္အင္တာနက္မရလို. စိတ္ညစ္တဲ့ အခ်ိန္မွာ မိုးဇက္နားေထာင္ခိုင္းဖို.မဟုတ္ဘူး..။ ျပည္သူေတြအတြက္ ဘာလုပ္ေပးရမလဲ ဆိုတာ အပူတျပင္း အေျဖရွာဖို.။ တကယ္ အင္တိုက္အားတိုက္ ျပတ္ျပတ္သားသား လုပ္မယ့္ လူပဲ လိုခ်င္ပါတယ္..။

  1. Anonymous said... :

    အေပၚက မိတ္ေဆြ ခင္ဗ်ား ရွာလို႕ရတဲ့အထဲက ငတ္ေနတဲ့ သူေတြကုိ နည္းနည္းေလာက္ လွဴလိုက္ပါလား

  1. Anonymous said... :

    How to contact Dr. U Myint? does anybody knows his email? Thank you very much.

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