Peace and development are the priorities of the government, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told Myanmar nationals living in Singapore yesterday.
The State Counsellor also thanked them for their cooperation during the last election and urged them to improve their capacity to contribute to national development tasks and to instill patriotism in their children.
Earlier in the morning, the State Counsellor met with Senior Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong at a working breakfast at the Shangri-La Hotel.
Also present at the occasion were Minister for Commerce Dr Than Myint and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore Mr Vivian Balakrishnan and Ambassador of Singapore to Myanmar Mr Robert Chua.
The State Counsellor discussed regional and international affairs and bilateral cooperation with the senior minister.
Later, the State Counsellor visited the National Orchid Garden of Singapore and attended the naming ceremony for an orchid, Papilionanda Aung San Suu Kyi. Since 1956, Singapore has had a tradition of naming orchids after foreign leaders who visit Singapore.
Officials of the national orchid garden explained salient points of the garden to the State Counsellor, who later signed in the guest book of the garden and took a tour.
The State Counsellor and party then proceeded to the Presidential Palace and met with Acting President Joseph Yuvaraj Pillay.
Discussions between the two leaders focused on development of education, health, population and economy and promotion of relations between the two countries in international organisations.
The State Counsellor and party then attended a luncheon hosted by Deputy Prime Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for National Security Toh Chin Chye.
In the afternoon, the state counsellor visited the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, where officials explained the organisational set-up, background history, measures and rules and regulations to the State Counsellor.
In the evening, the State Counsellor attended the opening ceremony of a display
titled “Cities & Kings: Ancient Treasures from Myanmar” at Singapore’s Asian Civilisation Museum.
The ceremony was attended by the prime minister of Singapore, the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth of Singapore Ms Grace Fu and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar U Kyaw Tin, all of whom made opening speeches at the ceremony.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong placed their signatures on vinyl to mark the opening ceremony.
Then, the State Counsellor met with staff and families of the Myanmar Embassy and Military Attaché Office at the embassy, where the ambassador reported to the State Counsellor on the situations of Myanmar workers in Singapore. The State Counsellor attended to the need after hearing the report.
Afterward, the State Counsellor attended a dinner hosted by the ambassador.
In the evening, the State Counsellor proceeded to Jurong East and met with the Myanmar diaspora in Singapore. She urged them to cooperate for the development of Myanmar and responded to questions raised on behalf of the diaspora by Dr Myat Maw Tun, chairman of the Myanmar Club in Singapore.—Myanmar News Angency