Anti-Muslim spat: Myanmar's leader Suu Kyi loses cool with BBC’s Mishal Husain

No one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim, says Nobel Peace Prize laureate

News Desk March 25, 2016
Aung San Suu Kyi being interviewed by BBC's Mishal Hussain. PHOTO COURTESY: BBC

Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Myanmar politician Aung San Suu Kyi recently lost her cool during an interview with BBC’s Mishal Husain.

After getting grilled by the BBC presenter, Suu Kyi considered a symbol of virtuousness in the West, angrily muttered off-air: ‘No one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim.’



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During the interview, Husain repeatedly asked Suu Kyi to condemn anti-Islamic sentiment and the wave of mob-led massacres of Muslims in Myanmar, and she declined to do so.

However, she said: "I think there are many, many Buddhists who have also left the country for various reasons," she replied. "This is a result of our sufferings under a dictatorial regime."

The Nobel laureate's vague attitude towards the violence suffered by Myanmar’s Muslim minority has alarmed even her most devoted fans.

Most of the country’s huge Buddhist majority dislikes its small Muslim community with a passion, so it is thought Suu Kyi did not want to alienate her supporters.

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Muslims make only  4 per cent of population in Myanmar. The Rohingya Muslims, who have stood the brunt of the violence, are an even smaller minority.

Husain, 43, was the first Muslim presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme. She is a mother-of-three and Northampton-born daughter of Pakistani parents was educated at private school and Cambridge University.

This article originally appeared on Mail Online.


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UM | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Chacha Jee: Your are free to hate Muslims, but your numbers are wrong. Allow me to educate you with numbers, and statistics. UK Deportations: In year 2014 UK deported 38,767 people. Highest number of deportees from UK were Indian. In 2014, 20% of all deportations from UK (7400) were Indian nationals. Africans (15%) and citizens of other European countries were 15% as well. Pakistanis were 14% of the total that year. US Deportations: US deported around 370,000 people in year 2013, and Mexicans were 242,000 out of them, followed by Guatemala (47,769), Honduras (37,049), El Salvador (21,602), and the Dominican Republic (2,462). Other countries in the top 10: Ecuador (1,616), Brazil (1,500), Colombia (1,429), Nicaragua (1,383), and Jamaica (1,119). Filipinos are also deported in large numbers from various countries. Mexico Deportations: Mexico itself deports huge numbers. Mexico deported 79% more people from Central America’s northern triangle in the first four months of 2015 than it did during the same period a year earlier, according to government statistics Data from Mexico’s National Immigration Institute says that 51,565 immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were deported between January and April, up from 28,736, during that period in 2014. Looks like Catholics (From Mexico, Central/South America and Philippines) are biggest religious group to be deported all over the world. Buddhist extremists in Myanmar are fighting people of other religions too. Read up on Kachin Rebels (Kachin people are 90% Christian) in Myanmar.
VINOD | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Muhibullah: "The people blaming Muslims for violence are the ones who committed the Nuclear holocaust, the fire bombing of Dresden, the devastation of Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan and tortured mostly innocent people in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay all with the full support of their obese, greedy, lazy and bloodthirsty public. " You are right about these people. But I always wonder why the people on this board are so worried about the Muslims of entire world except the Muslims of Pakistan who they themselves keep killing in thousands almost every day. Instead of the World Muslims, first please look after and ensure safety of innocent Muslims of Pakistan from the bloodthirsty terror groups.
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