Aung San Suu Kyi headed to Singapore
SINGAPORE — Myanmar’s democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to make her first visit to Singapore in about three weeks, around Sept 20-22.
The opposition leader’s slated to give the keynote address, titled “Myanmar in Transition”, at the second Singapore Summit conference.
The by invitation-only conference is organised by the Global-Asia Programme Office, an inter-agency initiative co-led by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade & Industry, the Ministry of Finance, GIC, and Temasek Holdings.
As Myanmar is in the midst of political transition and national development, one of the objectives during Ms Suu Kyi’s visit will be to draw lessons from Singapore’s growth story.
She is also expected to reiterate her consistent political message that economic and political transitions must be complementary.
“Economic development, if it’s to be the benefit of all Myanmar people, needs to come along with greater transparency, political reform, independent judiciary, the rule of law and greater fairness for people within Myanmar. Those are the variables that will come hand in hand,” said Dr Alistair Cook, visiting research fellow at the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore.
“She’ll also certainly speak about the need for resolving the political conflicts within the country. Broadly-speaking, national reconciliation but also some of those inter-communal tensions that we’ve seen flare up in the country recently.
“She will come with a comprehensive message to look at how to make the transition sustainable but also to stop short of saying ‘we’re fine where we are’.”
Ms Suu Kyi has visited countries like the United States, France and the UK after her release from house arrest in 2010. This will be her first visit to Singapore and her second visit to an ASEAN neighbour after her visited Thailand last year.
Dr Cook said it is significant that she has chosen to participate in the Singapore Summit conference.