Michelle Yeoh Not Welcomed in Myanmar


Former James Bond Girl Michelle Yeoh has been deported and barred from entering the military-dominated country Burma (formerly Myanmar).

According to sources, the 48 year-old Hong Kong based Malaysian actress was immediately deported after arriving at the Yangon International Airport. She has also been “blacklisted” from the country.

Yeoh, who is set to play the country’s pro-democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi in an upcoming Luc Besson film, has previously visited the country and secretly met with the
Nobel Peace Prize winner at her Yangon home in December.

Meanwhile, the Burmese government did not provide any details as to why the actress was denied entry forever. “She did not have the chance to enter Myanmar again. She was deported straight away on the first flight after arriving. She’s on the blacklist now,” was all said.

Suu Kyi, who turned 66, has been under house arrest for almost fifteen years. In 1990 general election, her National League for Democracy group toppled the ruling government by a landslide election but it was denied by the military rulers. She has won several awards and accolades including the Rafto Prize , Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. She is the third child and only daughter of Aung San, the father of modern-day Burma.

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