Crowd gathers to catch a glimpse of Suu Kyi

Crowd gathers to catch a glimpse of Suu Kyi

A crowd of Myanmar nationals waited for hours in the searing heat outside Changi Airport on Friday afternoon, all to catch a glimpse of their country's charismatic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Many were carrying signs and wearing T-shirts bearing the Nobel Peace laureate's photograph.

Ms Suu Kyi touched down in Singapore shortly after 1pm to begin her five-day visit here.

This is her first visit to Singapore and the reception so far is an indication of the level of interest in the Myanmar democracy icon. Later in the afternoon, Ms Suu Kyi, who heads the committee on rule of law, peace and tranquillity of Myanmar's Lower House of Parliament, called on Second Minister

for Foreign Affairs Grace Fu. A Foreign Ministry statement said Ms Fu reaffirmed the longstanding friendship between the two sides, and conveyed Singapore's continued commitment to support Myanmar's economic and social development.

Ms Suu Kyi spoke about her work as an MP and the challenges faced by the Myanmar people in this critical period of transition.

She was also briefed by the Economic Development Board on its role in creating a conducive business environment to attract foreign investments. Ms Fu wrote on Facebook that the two had a good discussion and Ms Suu Kyi "spoke with conviction about her hopes for the country and the people".

Myanmar's development was also on the agenda earlier this week when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was interviewed by regional journalists at the Istana. To a question on how Myanmar can solve its economic and corruption problems, Mr Lee said that the country would need to take things one step at a time.

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