Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi had once made an anti-Muslim comment about a BBC presenter after being challenged on the large-scale massacre of Burma’s Rohingya Muslims.
As reported by London’s The Telegraph, the Burmese politician, who was once under house arrest for 15 years in her native Burma, made an off-air comment about BBC’s iconic radio programme, Today, presenter Mishal Husain after losing her temper during an interview where Husain asked her to condemn anti-Islamic sentiment.
Following the interview, Suu Kyi was heard to mutter: “No one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim.”
The comments were revealed in a new book, The Lady And The Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi And Burma’s Struggle For Freedom, by Peter Popham.
Suu Kyi had come under widespread condemnation for her mysterious silence and refusal to condemn one of the most brutal treatments against any minority communities across the world.
The book reveals that the 70-year-old president of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy refused to condemn anti-Islamic sentiment and massacres of Muslims in Myanmar when she was repeatedly asked to do so by Husain, the first Muslim presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme, during the interview.
She had responded, “I think there are many, many Buddhists who have also left the country for various reasons. This is a result of our sufferings under a dictatorial regime.”