Call on Myanmar protestors to be released immediately and unconditionally

Media Statement
Teresa Kok

(Petaling Jaya, Friday): I am disturbed to read that more than 50 people have been arrested yesterday morning in a protest outside the Myanmar Embassy to mark the 60th Birthday of Nobel Peace Laureate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi's birthday is celebrated as an international event throughout the world to mark her continuous detention. The fact remains that she is the only Nobel laureate who has been detained in isolation for more than two years.


The release of Suu Kyi is imperative for the progress of Myanmar as well as for the ASEAN region. The current impasse is unacceptable and the empty promises liberally sowed by Myanmar's military regime wear thin.


We in Malaysia have free expression and the right to assemble peacefully. The Myanmar nationals who had protested yesterday morning have every right to do so. Suu Kyi is a prisoner of conscience, and the protestors have shown that they are the candle to our own conscience.

I call on the police to release all the protestors immediately and unconditionally as a sign of our sympathy and solidarity with the 50 million Myanmar people who are living under oppression and suffering in their own country.



*YB Teresa Kok, MP for Seputeh, DAP National Publicity Secretary and Secretary of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC)