SWE SWE WIN, a famous Myanmar fortune teller widely known as “ET”, passed away at 4.20am yesterday, local media outlets reported.
She died at the age of 58 at her home in Thingankyun Township, Yangon. Her body will be buried in Yayway cemetery tomorrow.
ET was very famous both at home and abroad, thanks to her predictions over the past decades.
She was born Swe Swe Win and given the nickname ET because of her resemblance to the character in the American film “ET the Extra-Terrestrial”.
Because she was physically disabled, blind and had a speech impediment, her sister, Thi Thi Win, translated her predictions.
Her famous clients included former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and General Than Shwe, the former Myanmar strongman politician who was the head of state of Burma (now Myanmar) from 1992 to 2011 as chairman of the State Peace and Development Council.
She reportedly earned about Bt30,000 per session, which lasted about 15 minutes.
She founded the ET Humanitarian Foundation and was recognised in Myanmar due to her ongoing efforts to seek justice for Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, who have been sentenced to death for the murder of two backpackers in Koh Tao in 2014.
The news about her death widely spread on social media in Myanmar yesterday, especially on Facebook, the nation’s most popular social platform.
A man referred to as Thet Naing Sein commented on the Eleven Media Group page that he was amazed at the fortune teller’s predictions when he visited her in 1994. At that time, ET reportedly told him the serial number on a 90-kyat bill inside his pocket.
Another Facebook user named Sel Sel said, “She was truly a genius. Actually, she can do a lot of things we cannot do. Though she is a person with disabilities, she is, without doubt, an enabling woman. I feel really sad, just the same as her family.”
A Facebook user named U Aung Thulwin described her as a “well-wisher with a kind heart”. In his post, he included a prayer to wish that ET reaches new heights in her next existence.
A Facebook user named Myo Myint Myint said, “ET was born in this puzzling nature and died in mystery” on his timeline.
Several people wrote that ET was really famous among the citizens of Thailand. Facebook user named Aye Than Dar said, “I really did not know she’s from Myanmar. Just knew about her death only when a friend of mine from Thailand asked me.”
In early May, ET submitted a petition to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn regarding Koh Tao murder suspects Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, who have been sentenced to death in Thailand. She submitted the letter through the Royal Thai Embassy in Yangon.
Her clients reportedly included the family of Senior General Than Shwe, a military dictator who ruled the country for many decades and some prominent ministers under former president Thein Sein’s administration.