Myanmar’s leading opposition figure Aung San Suu Kyi sat down with a Wall Street Journal reporter Monday to talk about her nation’s tentative path toward reform. A newly installed civilian government there, which replaced a decades-old military regime, has begun an official dialogue with the Nobel Peace Prize winner, allowed new media freedoms and reformed some areas of business. Here are excerpts from the interview. (More: Suu Kyi Notes Progress in Myanmar, Urges More Change)
The Wall Street Journal: What elements of the reforms feel real to you?
Aung San Suu Kyi: To begin with, the talks I’ve had with [Labor] Minister Aung Kyi and the president. There’s been a lot more substance to the talks than the ones I’d had with the SPDC [State Peace and Development Council] in the past. That felt real to me. And you have to acknowledge there is more room for the press to maneuver in. That’s good. There’s more freedom of information. In general people feel more relaxed about participating in politics. They aren’t frightened as they used to be. And that’s the most important part of what’s happening now. Not only do they want to take part in the political process, they can take part without endangering themselves too much. read all http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204644504576651122562226318.html