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Published: Thursday March 28, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday April 24, 2013 MYT 2:07:40 PM

Woman of substance

THANKS to Astro and HBO for screening the iconic The Lady and to Datuk Michelle Yeoh who portrayed the title role to a T.

Aung San Suu Kyi rightly deserved the Nobel Peace Prize which was accorded to her in 1991 and the standing ovation which she could not witness when her sons and husband received the award on her behalf as she was under house arest in her homeland.

There may be other women out there who may share her strength of character and determination but as the movie unfolded, I was in tears when she put her country before her family which she termed was “not freedom” when asked to make a choice between her family and country.

The fact that she’s stayed abroad for many years and married a foreigner had not made her love her country less.

There was no question of choice for her, it was a decision, a compromise perhaps that she and her husband Michael Aris had mutually agreed to.

A woman who could not be with her husband at his death bed at hospice and Michelle portrayed the grief, sorrow and maybe regret? profoundly on screen.

May Aung San Suu Kyi achieve for Myanmar what she set out to do, otherwise, her sacrifices would have been in vain.

All women salute you, Aung San Suu Kyi.

CHRIS BEH

Kuala Lumpur

Tags / Keywords: Letters, Opinion, Politics, woman of substance

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