Aung San Suu Kyi “wants to lead Burma people”..daddy would be proud
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has confirmed her desire to lead the Burmese people – “if I can lead them in the right way”.
But in an interview with the BBC’s Newsnight programme, she said her struggle had been worthwhile in itself.
On the first day of a UK tour, she visited the BBC World Service and took part in a debate at the London School of Economics.
It is part of a two-week tour of Europe – her first overseas trip since 1988.
The pro-democracy leader was freed from more than two decades of house arrest in late 2010.
Burma’s military-backed civilian government has started a series of reforms to open up the country.
Ms Suu Kyi’s wide-ranging interview with the BBC covered Burma’s ethnic conflicts, political reform and foreign investment.
She warned foreign companies investing in Burma – also known as Myanmar – that they would be monitored and exposed if they did not behave in a “democracy-friendly, human rights-friendly” way and follow “best practices”.
Suu Kyi is the third child and only daughter of Aung San, considered to be the father of modern-day Burma.
Her father, Aung San, founded the modern Burmese army and negotiated Burma’s independence from the British Empire in 1947; he was assassinated by his rivals in the same year. She grew up with her mother, Khin Kyi, and two brothers, Aung San Lin and Aung San Oo, in Rangoon.
Suu Kyi’s mother, Khin Kyi, gained prominence as a political figure in the newly formed Burmese government. She was appointed Burmese ambassador to India and Nepal in 1960, and Aung San Suu Kyi followed her there, she studied in the Convent of Jesus and Mary School, New Delhi and graduated from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi with a degree in politics in 1964.
After graduating, she lived in New York City with a family friend Ma Than E, who was once a popular Burmese pop singer. She worked at the UN for three years, primarily on budget matters, writing daily to her future husband, Dr. Michael Aris. In late 1971, Aung San Suu Kyi married Aris, a scholar of Tibetan culture, living abroad inBhutan. The following year she gave birth to their first son, Alexander Aris, in London; their second son, Kim, was born in 1977. Subsequently, she earned a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 1985. She was elected as an Honorary Fellow in 1990. For two years she was a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS) in Shimla, India. She also worked for the government of the Union of Burma.
Coincident with Aung San Suu Kyi’s return to Burma in 1988, the long-time military leader of Burma and head of the ruling party, General Ne Win, stepped down. Mass demonstrations for democracy followed that event on 8 August 1988 (8–8–88, a day seen as auspicious), which were violently suppressed in what came to be known as the 8888 Uprising. On 26 August 1988, she addressed half a million people at a mass rally in front of the Shwedagon Pagoda in the capital, calling for a democratic government. However in September, a new military junta took power.
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi warned today in London that her country’s people need Britain and other allies to act as watchdogs, and not cheerleaders, to ensure its rulers deliver on their promises of reform.
In a historic address to a joint session of both Houses of Parliament, Suu Kyi said Myanmar — which she referred to by its British colonial name of Burma — would need sometimes critical support to fully embrace democracy after 49 years of military rule that ended only last year.
understand this point..anyone who is regarded by the worlds media as a “darling”..works for “them”..without fail..look at her history..its all there..she is burmese royalty practically..her dad set up the burmese army..she was a UN worker..uh huh..