Aung San Suu Kyi lost her cool following a tense interview with BBC presenter Mishal Husain and was heard muttering “no one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim”, it has been claimed.
The leader of Burma’s National League for Democracy was challenged on anti-Islamic attitudes and violence towards Muslims in Burma, a majority Buddhist nation where Muslims make up just four per cent of the population.
When Husain asked about the plight of Muslims during the 2013 interview, Ms Suu Kyi, who is expected to undertake a formal position in power next month, insisted it did not represent “ethnic cleansing”.
“I would like to make the point that there are many moderate Muslims in Burma who have been well integrated into our society, but these problems arose last year and I think this is due to fear on both sides.
“This is what the world needs to understand; that the fear is not just to the side of the Muslims but on the side of the Buddhists as well.”