Sunday, 6 May 2012

The Lady, Myanmar, Protests and Bersih

Last night YH and I decided to watch The Lady at TGV KLCC at 11pm as earlier tickets at GSC Pavilion was sold out for the day. It is a very touching movie – about Aung Sun Suu Kyi who is willing to give up her everything for her motherland and about the supportive husband and children who never fail to believe that democracy will come to Myanmar one day.

I should say I am surprised or I am not when the crowds equal the student protests in Myanmar akin to Bersih protests in Malaysia and the military junta firing the students on the screen akin to police firing tear gas and water cannon to fellow Malaysians. Our police are just short of firing live bullets.

Then came a scene in 1988 where General Ne Win gave orders and gather opinions from his subordinates to crush the August 8 uprising headed by Suu Kyi, the crowd at the back ( we were seated 3 rows away from the screen) mentioned aloud “That is Najib”. Then when General Ne Win gave orders to General Sein Lwin who said that he will make sure Suu Kyi is forgotten and put her party members in jail, again people said aloud, louder than the last “This is Hishammuddin” to the laughter of everyone.

Our fellow Malaysian, Datuk Michelle Yeoh is starring as Aung San Suu Kyi in that movie, directed by Luc Besson. In the previous elections since 1999, we will see Datuk Michelle Yeoh on BN’s advertisement stating her support for BN and she has confidence in BN to rule this country. After this movie, and after three Bersih, after so much police brutality, I wonder if Datuk Michelle Yeoh will still support BN.

The Lady had its world premiere on 12 September 2011 at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival. I wonder why this movie took so long to come to Malaysia’s screens. Can anyone answer me?  
“Use your liberty to promote ours” – Aung San Suu Kyi. But Daw Suu, we don't have much liberty either in Malaysia. And we don't have The Lady like you here. Maybe Datuk Ambiga can be one?


  1. I love this movie. And, I'm not surprise that someone from the crowd made that statement. Don't you think that "they" should be proud that some Malaysians actually recognize their character and effort in this country? ;-)

  2. Divelive,

    I agree with you that they should be proud.