Suu Kyi to visit her father’s hometown

People attending at the mass meeting organized by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi held in Bago on January 13 (Photo/EMG)

YANGON – Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), plans to go Pyinmana, Yemathin and Pyi Townships, as well as Natmauk, the hometown of her father General Aung San, to attend pre-birthday ceremonies in honour of Aung San’s 100th birthday.

The NLD has already recognised the whole of 2015 as the centenary year of General Aung San’s birthday. The NLD announced that it would hold monthly ceremonies to commemorate the national hero’s 100th birthday. Suu Kyi previously attended pre-birthday ceremonies in Yangon and Bago.

She will visit Pyinmana and Yemathin Townships on January 17. By the end of January or in early February, she will to visit Pyi and Natmauk Townships, according to Win Htein, Suu Kyi’s secretary.

Natmauk Township, Magway Region, will host a seven-day celebration starting on February 7 to mark the 100th birthday of General Aung San, which falls on February 13, 2015. A stone likeness of General Aung San will be erected on February 7.

“We are going to send formal letter of invitation to Suu Kyi on January 20 to attend her father’s 100th birthday celebreation,” said Zaw Min, a secretary of the Observance Committee for General Aung San’s 100th Birthday.

“We don’t know exactly whether Su Kyi would come here. If she does come to our town, I would be very happy. We would also like the sons and daughters of other heroes, who were Aung San’s friends, to attend the celebration. We also invite General Aung San’s relatives, who are the the family of U Ba Win and U Aung Than,” said Dr Soe Min, a resident of Natmauk Township.

General Aung San was born on February 13, 1915, in Natmauk Township in Magway Region to lawyer U Phar and his wife Daw Su.

General Aung San’s birthday was designated as “Myanmar Children’s Day.”

To commemorate General Aung San’s 100th birthday, a march will be held in Yangon on the morning of January 18, according to Nyi Pu, a chairman of the Observance Committee for General Aung San’s 100th Birthday.

The march will start in front of the bronze stature of General Aung San on Kandawgyi Circular road in Bahan Township, and it will proceed to NLD’s headquarters.