Suu Kyi's Son to Become Monk in Rangoon
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Suu Kyi's Son to Become Monk in Rangoon

By THE IRRAWADDY Tuesday, April 5, 2011

In this photo taken on November 24, 2010, Aung San Suu Kyi (C) and her younger son Kim Aris (centre L) hold flowers as they offer prayers during a visit at the Shwedagon pagoda in Rangoon. (Photo: Getty Images)

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s younger son, Htein Lin, also known as Kim Aris, will temporarily become a Buddhist monk in Rangoon during the traditional water festival next week.

Kim will travel to Burma during the annual "Thingyan" celebrations, which also mark Burmese New Year, where he will visit his mother before entering a monastery and joining the Sangha, the Buddhist monkhood.

Daw Leh Leh, an executive member of Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday: “Ko Htein Lin will arrive on April 10 or 12. He has got a visa already. We heard that he will temporarily join the monkhood.”

This is the first time this year that Kim will see his mother. He visited her on Nov. 23 last year, just 10 days after the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was freed from house arrest.

NLD member Kyaw Htoo Naing said that Suu Kyi will also ask several NLD members to draw lots to choose who will present monk's robes to Kim before offering food to him and other monks in an alms ceremony.

Suu Kyi, the daughter of independence hero Aung San, married the late British professor Michael Aris in 1972 while she was studying at Oxford. They had two sons, Alexander and Kim, whose Burmese names are Myint San Aung and Htein Lin respectively.

Suu Kyi, who won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her nonviolent struggle for democracy, was first arrested in 1989 when Kim was 11 and elder son Alexander 16.

Her husband, Michael Aris died of prostate cancer in 1999 at age 53, after having been denied visas by the Burmese authorities to see his wife for the three years leading up to his death.

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tocharian Wrote:

Ko Albert Wrote:
That's his personal.99% of Burmese population are sure to share happiness with Daw Suu.

Myanmar Patriots Wrote:
Invoking religion is the old trick.

white holder Wrote:
Will Alexander be joining his brother into the temporary monkhood? It would be a nice and solemn family gathering if the elder can join. Hope DASSK can be for both of her sons so that she can distribute her merits to her late husband, Dr. Michael. Of course, it will be a good and dramatic headline and story for the international media. Maybe that's why Alexander always try to stay behind the scene. Maybe that's also what Michael had asked their sons not to make any personal dramatic story to help their mother's cause and Burmese plight. I really love the whole family and their love story, and simply hope an all-in gathering for DASSK this time although her husband could not be there.

George Than Setkyar Heine Wrote:
That certainly is GOOD NEWS folks.
Htein Lin is assuming his responsibility as a Buddhist and paying back part of his dues to his mother as well.
And he is the key for Daw Suu to open the door on her way to Nirvana no doubt.
Gen. Aung San inherited his grandfather's legacy and leadership and secured Burma's independence from the British colonialists.
Why not Htein Lin follow in his grandfather's footsteps as well in this matter at hand and case for Burma's second independence, this time from home grown tyrants at Naypyidaw for a change?

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