Khin Ohmar, democracy activist, to investors: ‘Wait’ for full reconciliation

    A known democracy activist in Myanmar has echoed the sentiments of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying the “promise of investment” in the country following a blanket of positive reforms as “blinding” the West and Asian neighbors.

    In an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal, Khin Ohmar, coordinator of the Burma Partnership and chairperson of the Network for Democracy and Development, believes Myanmar is not yet ready to take on the “unabated enthusiasm currently in display.” She was referring to donors and private businesses that seem keen to re-engage with the Asian nation.

    Ohmar describes the peace in Myanmar as “fragile,” telling foreign investors to “wait” until the nation is fully reconciled.

    Suu Kyi shares Ohmar’s views. In a recent trip to Thailand, Suu Kyi advised the international community to a have a ”bit of healthy skepticism” in re-engaging with a country that has only recently turned to civilian rule.

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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