Suu Kyi pledges to help improve rights of Myanmar workers


SAMUT SAKHON, May 30 – Myanmar opposition leader and democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday promised to help resolve unequal rights of Myanmar nationals working in Thailand.

Thousands of Myanmar workers were waiting to see her in person and it took her over 10 minutes just to manage getting out of the car.

Addressing a cheering crowd of migrant workers in the Burmese language from a balcony on the third floor of the Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN) office in this Thai province, the iconic opposition leader asked the multi-ethnic Myanmar workers gathered to see her to live peaceably and to not cause trouble to the Thai people.

Apart from what she asked the crowd, Ms Suu Kyi’s speech was short, saying her visit to the area was to see the living conditions of the Myanmar people in Thailand and to see if they were happy here. Her supporters cheered and applauded when the iconic opposition leader asked if they all wanted to go to their homes in Myanmar.

Suu Kyi pledged to do the best she could to make her country better, so that the workers from Myanmar could go back home.

More applause came when ‘The Lady’ noted she will discuss with related Thai and Myanmar agencies, before returning, labour issues such as unequal wages.

The Myanmar opposition leader arrived in Bangkok Tuesday night to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia, her first foreign trip in 24 years.