Meeting their 'mother': Suu Kyi speaks to countrymen here

Meeting their 'mother': Suu Kyi speaks to countrymen here
The 6,000-strong audience of Myanmar nationals living and working in Singapore greeted Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's arrival at Resorts World Sentosa on Sunday morning with thunderous cheers, applause and fist-pumping. When Ms Suu Kyi, 68, spoke, the crowd fell so silent, "you could almost hear a pin drop".

SINGAPORE - While most of Singapore was sound asleep, grandmother Daw Ni Ni was wide awake, standing at the doors of Resorts World Sentosa at 3am on Sunday.

The food and beverage executive, 62, was there to see Nobel peace laureate and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, 68.

Never mind that her heroine would appear only about seven hours later.

Madam Ni Ni was second in line and had to get seats for her family of eight.

She said: "It's my first time seeing her (Ms Suu Kyi) in Singapore. She's our leader. She can change our country."

Her daughter Nandar Myo Lwin, 39, added: "Being able to see 'our mother' in person, I feel like my dream has come true."

At that, Madam Ni Ni laughed.

Madam Myo Lwin, a housewife, added: "She's a mother of the country. That's different from being a leader of the country.

"I have more trust and belief in her, that she can improve everyone's lives and make things better."

That belief was obvious when Ms Suu Kyi appeared on stage before her 6,000 countrymen on Sunday morning.

Each had paid $30 for a ticket.

Her entrance, at about 9.45am, was marked by a roar of approval, applause and flashes from mobile phones cameras.

The young, dressed in their traditional best, pumped their fists. Their seniors, garbed in the sarong-like longyi, craned their necks for a better look.

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