Actress turned singer Htun Aeindra Bo has denied the rumour that her and four other artists had visa applications rejected by the US Embassy for stating that they were NLD (National League for Democracy) members in their paperwork.
A Facebook user named Khaing Zaw wrote that the five artists claimed they were NLD members in their application forms but had been rejected as their names were not on the party membership list held by the embassy.
Htun Aeindra Bo told the Daily Eleven that the visas applications had been amended as they would be travelling to the US to stage charity concerts.
“When the artists go abroad to stage concerts, the organisers from the other country who sponsor us apply for visas on our behalf. After they get approval, we have our passports stamped at the embassy. But this time, the sponsoring company that organised the concert planned to apply for a visa by hiring a Myanmar-American lawyer. The application form he applied for didn’t match our purpose. So the embassy told us to reapply under a different category. It was not a visa rejection. But there are processes that need to be carried out again so the concerts will be rescheduled for October. If it takes longer, we might not hold the concerts until next year depending on the weather conditions,” said Htun Aeindra Bo.
“The rumour on the internet about how there is an NLD membership list at the embassy is wrong. I’m not a member of any party. It’s ridiculous,” she added.
Htun Aeindra Bo is planning to tour the USA with Chit Thu Wai, Linn Linn, R Zarni and Okkar Oo Thar to raise funds for the NLD’s education and health networks.
Last year, she toured Australia with Chit Thu Wai and Linn Linn, raising more than Ks60 million (US$54,000) for the NLD’s two networks.