Burma Times: Aung San Suu Kyi, the party leader of National League for Democracy (NLD) arrived at the Union Parliament in Naypyitaw, Burma, March 15, 2016.
Burma democracy expert Aung San Suu Kyi roughly made complaint against the interview by a Muslim BBC broadcaster by whom Suu Kyi was pressed about violence against Rohingya Muslims, said a biographer yesterday.
I did not know that I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim, the Nobel laureate reportedly said off air after a tense exchange with British-Pakistani news presenter Mishal Husain broadcasted in October 2013.
Peter Popham, a journalist made the claim with The Independent Newspaper and author of newly published book ‘The Lady and The Generals’ Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s Struggle for Freedom.
In the BBC interview, veteran journalist Husain had forced down Suu Kyi about the plight of the persecuted Rohingya minority Muslims hardest hit by deadly attack of communal violence in Buddhist-majority Burma.
It was insisted by Suu Kyi that the violence was not ethnic cleansing and said: Not only Muslims have been targeted but also Buddhists have been subjected to violence and there’s fear on both sides as well.
Popham, an experienced journalist wrote about the eruption in an article for The Independent published online yesterday, and said it was relayed to him by a reliable source.
A BBC spokeswoman contacted by AFP declined to comment.
Suu Kyi has countenanced international criticism for not taking a stronger stance on the plight of Rohinya, and for failing to meadow any Muslim candidates in November’s poll, a move observers say was designed to calm down Buddhist Nationalists.
Suu Kyi will be foreign minister in Myanmar’s first civilian government after decades, said her party on Tuesday, giving the democracy champion a formal post despite being banned from the presidency.