Published on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 20:59
Lower House MP Aung San Suu Kyi meets with reporters during the short break at the parliament on June 25 (Photo-Wai Yan Phyo Oo/EMG)
Belief is a key factor in safeguard of religion, said Lower House MP Aung San Suu Kyi in her meeting with reporters during the short break in Parliament on June 25.
In response to the reporter’s question about “whether a law is now needed to safeguard Buddhism,” Suu Kyi said that belief was crucial in safeguarding the religion. She added that no one can spoil a particular religion if devotees have faith in it.
Suu Kyi also responded to the July issue TIME article that labelled the Buddhist monk U Wirathu as "the face of Buddhist terror", saying that public cooperation is vital not to misunderstand an act of terrorism with the religion.
"If whatever religion is thought to be linked to terrorism, it is a negative sign. Basically, religion pushes the people into producing affection, sympathy and rejoicing. If any religion is seen as terrorism, it won’t be a good sign. Hence, all need to try to get rid off such misunderstanding out of our mind," added Suu Kyi.
Suu Kyi has maintained that communal violence witnessed in towns and cities across Myanmar is due to a lack of rule of law.
"Authorities have no transparency in addressing these issues. Religion includes in social affairs. Those doing the politics should take religious affairs into consideration," said Suu Kyi.
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