Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Sydney

We were very lucky to get tickets to hear Daw Aung San Suu Kyi when she spoke at the Sydney Opera House on her visit to Australia. At 3pm we attended an event for the Burmese community which we were invited to. While she spoke in Burmese and all we really understood was "Mingalaba" (hello) and "Jay zoo tin bat day" (thank you) we really enjoyed her interaction with the community present. She was posed and relaxed and the crowd was over joyed to see her.

Next at 5pm was the English language event. She was presented with honorary degrees from UTS and Sydney Uni, gave a short inspiring speech and was then interviewed on stage. Following the interview the audience got some time to ask questions.

One of the questions was "What is the biggest problem facing the world?" her reply "Greed".

She spoke eloquently and answered the journalist's questions and those from the crowd in a frank and open way. If only our local politicians could be this genuine.

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