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Suu Kyi to visit Bago Region to open libraries dedicated to her

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – In August, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to Bago for the opening of two libraries dedicated to her, according to Myat Hla, a branch leader of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). No date has been set for the openings.
Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi  Photo: Mizzima
The libraries  are named “Aung San Jar Mon” in the Kachin (Jingpaw) language, which means “Aung San Golden Pollen.” The phrase “Golden Pollen” is given to eldest daughters in a family to be followed by their surname.

In 1989, Suu Kyi heard “Aung San Jar Mon” chanted during her tour of Kachin State. “Kachin ladies chanted ‘Aung San Jar Mon’, ‘Aung San Jar Mon’. Aung San Suu Kyi liked these words very much,” Myat Hla told Mizzima.

The libraries, located on Pan Hlaing 23rd Street in Bago and Min Street in Thanatpin Town, will have more than 4,000 books donated by local people and each cost about US$ 1,250, said Myat Hla. The books include works by NLD members, politics, religion, short stories and novels.

If Suu Kyi travels to Bago, it would be her second trip outside of Rangoon since her release from house arrest in November 2010. Bago (Pegu) is 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Rangoon.

Myat Hla told Mizzima that people in Bago eagerly followed Suu Kyi’s private pilgrimage earlier this month to Bagan, where she toured the vast temple complex. The visit to Bagan, well known for its ancient temples, was described as a personal pilgrimage. At the end of this trip, about 3,000 people milled around to greet her. NLD members provided her with security.

“Many people asked about her visit here,” Myat Hla said about the visit to Bago. “This visit may be an organizational tour. People have asked me many times about her visiting Bago. We don’t know how many people might turn out to greet her. The people here are excited and looking forward to see her.”

Suu Kyi met with Social Welfare Minister Aung Kyi on Monday in a meeting that was described by both parties as "constructive."
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 July 2011 13:05 )  

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