Happy birthday Daw Aung San Suu Kyi!
June 19, 2011, 12:56 am
Filed under: Aung San Suu Kyi

She turns 66 this year and for the first time in almost a decade, she gets to celebrate her birthday in freedom. 😀



Press statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
August 12, 2009, 12:59 am
Filed under: Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma, By Rachel Zeng, News Articles


I was both saddened and angered by the news of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s unjustified sentence.

To make matters worse, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affair’s statement did not condemn such an unjustified sentence. Instead, it stated that the ministry was disapointed to learn about the sentence but is however “… happy that the Myanmar Government has exercised its sovereign prerogative to grant amnesty for half her sentence and that she will be placed under house arrest rather than imprisoned.

In my personal opinion, the statement seemed to be merely a gesture of protocol. Why even release it at all?

The sentence is quite obviously a political move, right ahead of elections so as to stop any participation from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. It is a despicable move. She should never be put under house arrest and should not even be imprisoned in any other forms for even a single second.

I simply cannot believe that our dear MFA ju st praised the Burmese authorities for their “…significant gestures”.

Simply ridiculous!


MFA Spokesman’s Comments on the Verdict of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Trial, 11 August 2009

We are disappointed to learn that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was found guilty and sentenced to three years hard labour.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi did not plan to violate the terms of her house arrest, and the intrusion into her house was by a person who appears to be of unsound mind.

We are however happy that the Myanmar Government has exercised its sovereign prerogative to grant amnesty for half her sentence and that she will be placed under house arrest rather than imprisoned.

We are heartened that Minister of Home Affairs Major General Maung Oo had announced that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be allowed to see doctors and nurses, communicate with her party, watch local television channels, read local newspapers and journals, and can receive visitors with the government’s permission and that there is a possibility that she could receive amnesty for the remainder of her sentence.

These are significant gestures by the Myanmar Government.

We hope that the Myanmar Government will allow Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to participate in the political process as soon as possible.

A meaningful dialogue between the Myanmar Government, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political groups in an open and inclusive process of national reconciliation is the only hope for the long term political stability of the country.



11 AUGUST 2009

Burma: UN’s Ban Ki-moon Denied Visit With Suu Kyi
July 7, 2009, 9:55 pm
Filed under: Aung San Suu Kyi, News Articles

(Source: UNPO)

Tuesday, 07 July 2009

Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was denied an audience with the democratic leader of Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi, during his visit to the country.

Below is an article published by ABC Radio Australia:

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is deeply disappointed that he was denied access to jailed pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, during a two-day visit to Burma.

Mr Ban left Rangoon, saying military ruler Than Shwe had missed an opportunity to show his commitment to democratic reform, before next year’s general elections.

Presenter: Sen Lam
Speakers: Maureen Aung Thwin, head of the Burma Project at the Open Society Institute

THWIN: The regime never intended to give him access to Aung San Suu Kyi. They probably wanted him to come there and sort of give obeisance, like he did, go all the way up to Naypyidaw, and they kept him waiting and then they said, ‘No, you can’t see her’. So they never were going to and I’m just shocked that he actually thought that he could get that permission and went all the way without knowing what the outcome was.

LAM: Why do you think Ban Ki-moon embarked on the trip, given that even prior to the visit, he had been warned by critics that it would achieve nothing, except for as you say paying obeisance to the generals?

THWIN: I frankly don’t know, because he went last year [2008] and even last year, before he went, I thought the Secretary General, the world’s top diplomat, would surely would not go to a country especially a regime like that without knowing having an idea of the outcome, of what he would achieve, but he went. Of course he said that he achieved that giving the visas to the aid people from the cyclone, so he could sort of spin it or say that. I am not convinced of that either. But this time, it was quite even more upsetting, because there was no indication that he was going to achieve anything.

LAM: Well, you mentioned the fact that he went to see General Than Shwe at Naypyidaw, what do you make of the observation that General Than Shwe is now almost ruling like a de facto king, because he’s quite reclusive, isn’t he?

THWIN: Yes, he’s very reclusive and he does rule like a king and he sort of fancies himself as one. He in fact, reportedly he and his family treats all the other people as courtiers, as if they were a royal family. People have to sit lower than them, they have to bow. It’s kind of ridiculous.

LAM: What do you think about the fact that the junta did not allow Ban Ki-moon to meet with Ms Suu Kyi? Do you think the junta missed an opportunity there to perhaps get back into the good books of the international community?

THWIN: Yes, of course I think they did and what they could have done was let him meet her and then put her back in house arrest and then still not do anything. They could have gotten some good PR out of it and the world would have breathed a big sigh of relief, even if nothing was going forward. So it could mean that they are worried that it might have triggered something, meaning Suu Kyi may have gotten some advantage out of it, so who knows, because frankly nobody really knows why they do the things they do.

LAM: Well already Britain is suggesting that the time might come, well it might be appropriate now for even tougher sanctions against Burma. Do you think that might have any impact at all, given that in the past, the generals just go off and do their own thing anyway?

THWIN: Well Britain alone can’t do any tougher sanctions. There would have to be several of the countries that have ability to affect their investments and so the targeted financial sanctions that the United States has and other countries talk about, if they do more of those it would be more effective, but just for Britain to say well, let’s do tougher sanctions, I doubt they would do it anyway. But it demeans the currency to keep talking about it, they are not doing something strong.

LAM: And just briefly Maureen, what do we know of Ms Suu Kyi in Rangoon at the moment?

THWIN: Well, we’ve heard that she is alright. She is not in any terrible physical danger right now, physical health, so she’s a tough cookie. So I think we would hear if she was not alright.

Happy Birthday Aung San Suu Kyi
June 19, 2009, 1:42 am
Filed under: Aung San Suu Kyi, By Rachel Zeng


Happy 64th birthday and may you be free soon enough.

64 words for Suu
June 16, 2009, 10:39 pm
Filed under: Aung San Suu Kyi


64 for Suu is a site where anyone from around the world can leave a message of support for Burma’s imprisoned democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi and all of Burma’s political prisoners. We want to gather thousands of messages by Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th Birthday, June 19th 2009.

You can view video, text, twitter and image messages from around the world left by politicians, celebrities and the public in support of Aung San Suu Kyi.

In unity for her liberty
May 30, 2009, 12:18 am
Filed under: Aung San Suu Kyi, Events

assk1Message from Maruah, which is organising a peace vigil for Aung San Syu Kyi on May 31.

This is a peaceful rally to ask as many people in Singapore to give two hours of their time to show support to a courageous women – Daw Aung Sung Suu Kyi – who has been placed under house arrest for almost two decades and now is held in a formidable prison.

We, as organizers, will be upset for you if we, had in any way, not advised supporters to mind themselves so that we all stay within the law while asking that Daw Aung Sung Suu Kyi be released.

So please do not be alarmed by this advisory or be put off by it. Stay true to your heart’s desire of wanting to show support, please come and, if you are a foreigner especially, be just mindful of supporting without breaking any local laws.

Theme: YELLOW! Vigil with speeches and light candles as a symbol of asking for her to be set free.

*Come dressed in yellow*