SINGAPORE (June 24): On June 19, cyclists wearing shirts emblazoned with Aung San Suu Kyi’s picture biked around Mandalay. In downtown Yangon, about 1,000 people gathered at a public square, many bearing placards to form a large portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi. It was the State Counsellor’s 74th birthday.

While the public events were relatively low-key, they were nonetheless significant expressions of support at a time when the freedom fighter-turned-de facto head of state is under immense pressure. As Aung San Suu Kyi faces the next election in 2020, her international standing has taken a beating because of inaction over the Rohingya crisis. At home, the pace of economic reforms has not been quick enough and investor sentiment has faded, fast.

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