As reported by Khun Ba Thar in the Democratic Voice of Burma with the headline ‘Amending 59(f) will allow foreigners to exploit ‘simple’ Burmese, says Wirathu’, U Wirathu was interviewed by Win Tin, a veteran of the National League for Democracy. In discussing the controversial Article 59(f) which prohibits Aung San Suu Kyi becoming president due to her two children being UK citizens. U Wirathu states that:
‘I too wish to see Article 59(f) amended — I am absolutely in support of [Suu Kyi]…But it will ultimately allow those who are not ethnic nationalities to exploit the Burmese people who are simple and naïve. Our people are not ready for this kind of deceit — they don’t have high enough intelligence.’
He goes on to suggest that a better role for Aung San Suu Kyi would be as a ‘ringleader’ who could influence the president.