Myanmar leader to visit Singapore

SINGAPORE - Dr Sai Mauk Kham, the First Vice-President of Myanmar, is making a five-day official visit to Singapore from Sunday to Thursday.

Dr Sai, an ethnic Shan doctor who is a member of the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), had been named as vice-president in February 2011 by Myanmar's Parliament.

The party won by a huge majority in the general election in November 2010, which was said to mark the move from a military to a civilian government. The army had held power in Myanmar since 1962.

At noon on Monday, Dr Sai will call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana.

There, he will also meet Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and attend a lunch hosted by Mr Goh.

On Tuesday morning, he will make a courtesy call on President Tony Tan Keng Yam, also at the Istana.