Deportation leaves Yeoh shocked and saddened
Film star Michelle Yeoh has spoken of her shock and sadness at being deported from Myanmar, but says the experience will not diminish her love for the country which she hopes will have peace and democracy soon.
The actress, who plays the role of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a new biopic by French director Luc Besson, was responding for the first time to her blacklisting by Myanmese officials last month.
In a statement released yesterday through her personal assistant, Yeoh confirmed she was denied entry to Myanmar on June 22.
'The immigration authorities treated me cordially but deported me upon arrival for no reason and without providing any justification,' 48-year-old Yeoh said. 'I was shocked and terribly saddened by this action. I harbour no ill will resulting from this incident and continue to remain fond of Burma [Myanmar] and the Burmese people.
'I continue to cherish hopes to see this country continue its progress towards peace and democracy.'
Yeoh also expressed a wish to return to Myanmar soon.
Myanmese officials revealed on Tuesday that Yeoh had been deported on the first available flight and was blacklisted by the government, adding that she would not have the chance to return to the country.
The star of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha visited Suu Kyi in December at her Yangon home after filming The Lady, the name given to the Nobel Peace Prize winner in Myanmar.
Suu Kyi was freed in November after seven years of house arrest. She was praised for her peaceful resistance to the military junta. The Lady is due for release later this year.