Congratulations RAMBO!For your success in Burma

Congratulations RAMBO!

For your success in Burma

I hereby honour you with your best conversations, that always stay in my mind.

Mousa: This is Afghanistan.

  • Alexander the Great try to conquer this country.
  • Then Genghis Khan,
  • then the British.
  • Now Russia.

But Afghan people fight hard, they never be defeated.

Ancient enemy make prayer about these people.

You wish to hear? Rambo: Um-hum. Mousa: Very good.

It says,

‘May God deliver us from_

  • the venom of the cobra,
  • teeth of the tiger,
  • and the vengeance of the Afghan.’

Understand what this means?

Rambo: That you guys don’t take any shit?

Malaysian doctors appeal to the PM to repeal or review the harsh act

  Malaysian doctors appeal to the Prime Minister

to repeal or review the harsh

 Private Healthcare Services and Facilities Act

Star on line

Doc paid heavy price

A TRAGIC and grave social injustice occurred when Dr Basmullah Yusom was sent to jail for not registering his medical practice.  

The Private Healthcare Services and Facilities Act (PHSFA) came into force two years ago, and since then, it is apparent that the authorities concerned have been actively implementing the regulatory aspects of the law.  

The big stick came, as we feared, ironically for a tragic reason when a qualified doctor was charged as a criminal.  

When the PHSFA first came into being, private doctors jumped up in protest, only to be assured by the Health Minister and Director General of Health, that such laws were meant for the good of the nation, even winning the support of the then Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president, who was quoted as saying that the law “bodes well for the medical profession”.  

The Health Ministry has broken its word of assurance given by both the ex-minister and current director general.  

Newspapers reported that the Deputy Public Prosecutor from the Health Ministry had pressed for a deterrent sentence. Surely, this is again contrary to the spirit behind any law, to deal with an intentional criminal strongly, but to be lenient to a first-time offender. 

The good doctor, who serves the poor and rich, the sick and the well, has to subscribe to four or more licences and fees, to practise these days. 

There is the Malaysian Medical Council licensing, the PHSFA licence, the medical protection insurance fee, the specialist registry fee and the professional body annual fee and the MMA, the last being a social body, supposedly to look after his interests. 

To charge and then allow the process of law to jail him, without warning him or giving him a second chance, is a grave social injustice that must be addressed urgently.  

The swiftness of the legal and justice process, in comparison to other legal cases, is also befuddling.  

He was charged on Dec 13, and sentenced on Jan 17, and of course, the doctor did not have the funds to pay the hefty RM120,000 fine and thus ended up in jail. 

The observant reader would also have noticed that he did not have a qualified attorney and spoke in his own defence, which was obviously ineffective.  

His clinic in Jalan Kampung Pandan was also taped in yellow, a very humiliating act by the authorities. This high-handed way of enforcement is not the way to handle a medical doctor, whatever his error.  

Sadly, the guillotine has fallen on the medical profession.

Who will speak up for the doctor?

We appeal to the Prime Minister to repeal or review this harsh law. 

DOCTOR

Kuala Lumpur. 

Star online letters

Tuesday January 29, 2008

Explain why doc was sent to jail

I REFER to “Doc paid heavy price,” (The Star, Jan 25), about a doctor being imprisoned for contravening the Private Healthcare Act.  

I recall “Ismail assures private docs over new law,” (The Star June 20, 2006) by the Director-General of Health that quoted him as saying:

“I want to give them the guarantee that we’ll be careful when enforcing the legislation, and that we won’t send them to jail for the slightest offences.” 

It is thus very important that the Health Ministry clarifies what serious offence led to the jailing of Dr Basmullah Yusom. 

The ministry has officially informed some doctors that the way their toilet door opens is in contravention of the Act; it should open outwards instead of inwards.  

But if a patient faints inside the toilet and is accidentally locked in, it is easier to force open a door that swings inwards.  

Furthermore, there is more space for the door to swing inwards into the toilet, than for it to open out onto a narrow corridor.  

OBEDIENT DOCTOR.

Note:

The Health Ministry had sent letters to the clinics_

  1. in office complex blocks,
  2. hotels,
  3. condominium shop houses
  4. and supermarkets
  •  asking to build their own private toilets
  • and open the private back doors for the clinics.

Actually those modern commercial complexes already have their own toilets, safety measures like safe emergency exits, fire extinguishers etc.

Actually Health Ministry should look and renovate its hospitals whether their various clinics, Out Patient Departments etc have separate clinics and back doors for each and every unit.

Although our clinic groups’ doors are big enough and I had witness the stretchers and wheel-chairs passed through easily many times but noticed that we may need to widen them according to the Ministry’s new guidelines. I still remember that the old hospitals I had worked had very narrow doors, my friend doctors and my overcoats were accidentally caught with those door knobs and torn many times.

Instead of just searching the easy-way-out by trying to push the GPs to handle the emergencies, Health Ministry should also_

  1. upgrade its ambulance service to be quick and effective.
  2. It should also upgrade its service by assigning only the competent emergency staff on the ambulances.
  3. If could not introduce the helicopter squad for emergency at present, Health Ministry should start the Motor-bike emergency rescue service.
  4. When we used to see the police-helicopters to control the crowds and cars, we hope Health Ministry should be allotted more budget to be able to serve the public with the Ambulance helicopters soon.

MALAYSIAKINI

Unregistered clinic no reason to jail doc

Reuben Sher | Jan 30, 08 3:46pm

With reference to the media reports of a doctor being convicted for not registering his clinic,

  1. it is completely meaningless that this registered doctor was fined a whopping RM120,000 for not registering his clinic.
  2. And since he couldn’t come up with the fine,
  3. he was sent off to serve a three- month jail term.

In April of last year, the Health Ministry director-general asserted that the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 was enacted to ensure private hospitals carry out their social responsibilities and was not meant to be punitive or detrimental in nature.

He and the previous health minister, Chua Soi Lek, further assured the medical community that since the Act was outdated, changes would be made and ratified by the Attorney-General’s Chambers. These changes have yet to be agreed upon or ratified but the Act has already been applied, leading now to a doctor being convicted on a technicality.

Will the DG now tell the judge that she should not have passed this type of sentence? Of course not, because that is not how the law works once an Act is passed.

This is the end result of laws that are not debated transparently or done so secretly or in a callous manner. Someone down the road will have to bear the consequences and this unfortunate doctor will now have to pay a heavy price.

This doctor’s ‘crime’ was not that he performed an illegal operation, killed or maimed a patient, cut off a baby’s arm or transfused HIV blood into a trusting patient. He apparently is a qualified doctor unlike some ‘sinsehs’, ‘bomohs’ or beauticians who masquerade as doctors and carry out clinical procedures.

His crime was a technical one. He did not register his clinic. His first duty would have been, like any other doctor, to see to his patients’ health. It doesn’t bear logic that not registering his clinic would kill his patient.

Many doctors were wary of the implications of these punitive punishments when Chua and the current DG were actively campaigning for this law. All their assurances that doctors will not be punished on technicalities has now come to naught as evidenced by the lop-sided punishment this doctor – who apparently didn’t have the financial means to defend himself – received.

Not only will his family will be left to fend for themselves but in all likelihood his career as a doctor may come to an end. This Act was passed in a rush and now has clearly been applied in bad faith.

Without doubt, this incident will only erode further the trust doctors will have on an already disorganised Health Ministry.

Jailed doc: Health DG to blame

JB Edwards | Feb 4, 08 3:26pm

I refer to the letter Unregistered clinic no reason to jail doc.

It is with regret that medical practitioners learn of a doctor being jailed under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 (PHFSA) for not registering his clinic. This is clearly not what was promised to doctors when both the current Director-General of Health Ismail Merican and the previous Health Minister Chua Soi Lek were all gung-ho about implementing an Act that was clearly poorly drafted.

When the PHFSA came into effect on Nov 1, 2006, there was great resentment and distrust among private doctors. Despite the misgivings of senior GPs, specialists, ex-DGs, ex-Malaysian Medical Association chairmen and even a senior judge both the minister and the DG ran roughshod over their objections in implementing this law.

Doctors still recall how Chua and the DG quickly convened a meeting when medical practitioners threatened to march to parliament. At the meeting, they promised various amendments to the Act. The MMA and other medical associations trusted the word of both the minister and the director- general and did not even push for all the changes to be in writing before the law was passed.

But today it is clear that the word and the credibility of the director-general means nothing as the regulation has now claimed its first victim, Dr. Basmullah Yusom, a USM graduate, registered with the Malaysian Medical Council with a valid Annual Practicing Certificate. He was fined an unbelievable RM120,000 and jailed subsequently for three months when he could not afford to pay this fine. He couldn’t even afford counsel.

Anyone, long enough in the profession will tell you that there are many medical practitioners who serve their communities quietly without expecting too much in financial returns. Unless the DG thinks nothing of the jailing of doctor, is this what the DG had in mind regarding the PHFSA? It is common knowledge among the medical profession who the real culprit and draftsman of this dubious act but the DG must now shoulder the ultimate blame.

That the Act was so badly drafted was plain to everyone but the DG and the previous Minister. Chua went ahead and tabled it to a trusting parliament including his own Barisan Nasional colleagues. The minister despite being a doctor was more of a politician, and was probably playing to the gallery and consumer associations.

But the PHFSA was a highly technical and professional issue. The director-general should have forwarded his concerns but instead chose to also play politics.

Will Chief Secretary Mohd Sidek Hassan demand for the director-general’s resignation for misleading Parliament and lying to doctors about the implications and consequences of the PHFSA?

If we are going to have responsible governance, civil servants must be held accountable for their follies. The implementation of this vague and ambiguous act must be put on hold until proper discussions with all doctors affected by it are held.

It must be debated properly and transparently in parliament and implemented only if it is really proven that the current legislation is inadequate. New laws should not be passed just because someone had returned home with a law degree and has this sudden urge to implement a piece of legislation so that he can be promoted.

   

 

 

Asean embraces a rogue regime while inking a Charter for Big Business

Asean embraces a rogue regime

while inking a Charter for Big Business

By_Anilnetto

So the Asean leaders have signed a Charter in the “wonderfully democratic nation of Singapore” in the company of leaders from Burma’s rogue regime. (Check out this excellent documentary “Burma’s Secret War”.)

Each member nation now has to take the Charter back to their home countries so that it can be ratified by their respective parliaments

  • which shouldn’t be much of a problem,

  • considering how democratic Asean member nations are

  • and how much their governments have the interests of the people at heart.

  • Which leads to the question: why not a referendum as this is a hugely important document that affects the peoples of 10 nations? That will be the day…

Civil society groups that lament that_

  • the charter is too state-centred

  • rather than people-centred are missing the point.

It was_

  • never meant to be people-centred

  • – even though that is what most ordinary people would have wanted,

  • had they been consulted.

  • That is why most of the work of drafting the charter was carried out behind closed doors –

  • Although an Eminent Persons Group (EPG) did briefly consult a sample of civil society groups.

The EPG leader, Musa Hitam, had told civil society representatives that_

  • he considered the inclusion of a reference to a human rights mechanism or body as a great achievement.

  • But such a body would predictably be toothless –

  • if and when it is formalised – for some time to come.

So let’s not get side-tracked by_

  • the lip-service paid to human rights

  • or the sweet -sounding, but ultimately unenforceable, pledges about democracy.

The Charter is not about_

  • protecting the rights of ordinary people

  • including migrant workers,

  • refugees

  • and asylum seekers.

If it was, do you really think those undemocratic or authoritarian governments among the Asean member nations would have signed it?

Instead, it’s all about_

  • facilitating the interests of Big Business

  • as well as providing an institutionalised framework

  • that would, among other things, pave the way for the EU-Asean FTA

  • and further the “free trade” and neo-liberal agenda.

How terribly, terribly sad for the people of Asean!

Charo Says:

Yeah Anil.

ASEAN is and was always paying lip service and showing face to each other.

That has not changed.

If the mentality has not changed for the last 50 years –

  • situations like Burma will remain the same.

  • Besides, ASEAN does not want to face China, if they go against Burma.
  • China has vested interests in Burma.

My Dreams are not mere illusions

My dream interviews are not mere illusions

  • My Dreams come true.
  • Actions speak louder than words.
  • Indirectly confirmed by DSAI’s speech/lecture that I was not wrong in my dreams in reading his mind.
  • A written word is more effective than thousands of spoken words.
  • The Chinese proverb says it best: “the faintest ink lasts longer than the best memory.”
  • Harold Adams Innis : As the oral tradition of speech gave way to the dominance of writing_
  • The written record, signed, sealed and swiftly transmitted was essential to military power and the extension of government. Small communities were written into large states and states were consolidated into empire.
  • In Burmese, we have a saying, “Nhote Ta’ Yar_Sarr Ta’ Lone”, meaning: A hundred of spoken words are equivalent to just one written word.
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    Keynote eynote address by Anwar Ibrahim at the Institute of Social Sciences conference on Democracy in India, December 6, 2007 in New Delhi 

    The following speech was delivered at the Institute of Social Sciences Conference on Democracy in India.
    Justice J.S. Verma, Former Chief Justice of India and Former Chairman, National Human Rights Commission of India, opened the conference.
    Other speakers are: Mr. Roel von Mijenfeldt, Director, Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (www.nimd.org), Carl Gershman, Director of the National Endowment for Democracy (www.ned.org), and Dr. Farooq Abdallah, Former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, and etc.
    Your Excellencies and Distinguished Guests. Dr. George Matthew and Dr. Ash Roy, Carl Gershman. Ladies and Gentleman.
      Please read DSAI’s lecture because I hereby just presented some gist s only as notes.

    Please permit me to begin by _

    • Quoting the great Rabindranath Tagore,
    • from his book of poems known as A Flight of Swans – Poems from Balaka:
    • I hear the countless voices of the human heart
    • Flying unseen,
    • From the dim past to the dim unblossomed future
    • Hear, within my own breast,
    • The fluttering of the homeless bird which,
    • In company with countless others,
    • Flies day and night,
    • Through light and darkness,
    • From shore to shore unknown
    • Tagore was of course referring to the flying swans, or Hansa-balaakaa in Bengali.
    • I understand that this word is to pious Hindus a symbol of the human soul winging its way to its heavenly resting-place.
    • To my mind, the celebration of the human spirit may also be likened to Tagore’s metaphor of the eternal flight of the swans.
    •  
      1. a nation that is completely diverse,
      2. a world unto itself with respect to religious, linguistic, and cultural heterogeneity
      3. and yet in its sixty years of independence has remained
      4. peaceful
      5. and has never wavered from its democratic course.
      • I believe democracy is also about pluralism, 
        • without which (pluralism)
        • dissenting views will not find expression
        • and a healthy vibrant opposition will not materialize.
      • It has been said that our current understanding of constitutional democracy may be traced to the ideas of John Locke, (he influenced the framers of the American constitution & the European governments).
      • the number of countries that are classified as free has increased significantly
      • so that some areas in which democratically elected governments were scarcely present
      • now see democracy as the primary form of government. This clearly reflects the aspirations of the people.
        I recall as a student activist my first encounter with Nehru’s compelling words to the Constituent Assembly in 1947. One must appreciate the Indian experience bears testament to that fact – In the last two decades_Freedom_

      • has a demonstrative effect
      • and the appetite for it is whetted
      • when one sees others_
      • o       enjoying liberty,

        o       freedom of conscience

        o       and the right to property

        o       and the pursuit of a decent livelihood.

        But there remain_

      • pockets of resistance
      • and certain entrenched interests
      • which are resolved against the continued advance of freedom and democracy.
      • submissiveness to the state is a traditional value.
      • They say that before the supremacy of the State and the well-being of its citizens,
      • there is no place for individual liberty.
      • the control of the media,
      • restrictions on free assembly
      • and restraints on the freedom of expression
      •  
        • are further justified as necessary for the achievement of certain economic priorities.
      • who has thoroughly debunked the false discourse of Asian values
      • and proven the intrinsic value of democracy
      • as well as the intimate and inseparable relationship between democracy and development.
      • starvation
      • and freedom.
      • overcome poverty
      • and tyranny
      • without compromising in the struggle against either.
      • the one that garners the most attention and admiration today is that act of voting
      • which represents the empowerment of a people
      • over those who will govern and execute laws upon them.
      • elections feature so prominently in the democracy discourse,
      • is whether the mere phenomenon of elections means_
        • that democracy is alive and well,
        • or are there still fundamental issues to be resolved?
      • free,
      • fair
      • and transparent.
      • which includes equal access to a free media,
      • open debates
      • and a conduct of elections that can stand up to international scrutiny.
      • When the results of elections are called into question
        • an independent judiciary
        • free from political influence must be able to arbitrate
        • and rule on the matter without bias.
      • Speaking of an independent judiciary,
        • many an Asian country wherein judges have fallen prey to
          • the machinations of dictators
          • and autocrats alike regardless
            • whether they purport to act as_
              • army generals
              • or civilians!
      • What is an election_
        • if political parties in the opposition do not have_
          • access to the freedom of speech,
          • assembly,
          • and movement
            • necessary to voice their criticisms of the government openly_
              • and to bring alternative policies
              • and candidates to the voters?
      • the opposition is_
        • barred from the airwaves,
        • rallies are not allowed,
        • and opposition newspapers operate underground.
      •  
        • then the existence of a vibrant opposition is essential
          • as the bulwark against the tyranny of absolute power.
        • as indeed it should be,
        • we will find that many countries today are dismal failures.
        • And this is not just confined to_
          • fledgling democracies
        • but we also see it manifest in constitutional democracies-
          • that have enjoyed independence for more than half a century.
    • In this regard, we may say that

      democracy is about_

      The same principles of freedom and justice have been expressed elsewhere and in different contexts with the same goal in mind.

       The great freedom fighters of our time_

      We must contend with leaders who are of the view that_

      The subversive tactics of the state such as_

      On this we owe a debt of gratitude to Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen

      Democracy is not about the choice between_

      It is about the freedom to_

      Of the many symbolic acts and institutions which democracy tends to create_

      Elections are an essential component of any democracy.

      Elections of course must be_

      But beyond that there must be a “level playing field” –

      Where I come from,

      I am sure mine is not a unique experience.

      If democracy is participatory government in its fullest sense_ 

     

    •  
        • the practice of democracy
        • and the work that is being done to support it around the world.
      • Similarly, if pluralism is the final test of democracy,

        We must therefore take a deeper and more profound look at_

        Decisions_

      • which undermine freedom and democracy
      • that are made in places where the rule of law is considered sacrosanct
      • have global implications_
        • and we must recognise that:
          • they quickly become the pretext
            • which tyrants
            • and dictators
          • use to justify their intransigence.
      • Here we can lay some of the blame for this alarming trend on the mantle of the War on Terror,

        which is the rubric under which_

      • various illegal actions are
        • justified
        • and sanctioned,
      • be they_
        • encroachment on the sovereignty of other nations
        • or a curtailment of the civil liberties of one’s own citizens.
      • This vaguely conceived war_

      • with all its bluster and bravado,
      • has paved the way in many U.S.-allied countries for_
        • brutal
        • and unchecked repression,
      • which in some places threatens to nullify the reform efforts of an entire generation.
        • as inherently anti-democratic
        • and tending towards extremism
        • and violence.
      • In ascribing the mantra of_

      • radical Islam indiscriminately:
        • organisations,
        • and the millions of people they represent,
      •   to any group that professes
        • to be founded on Islamic precepts the advocates of the War on Terror have pigeonholed
      • This reflects a profound misunderstanding of

      • the nature of these groups
      • and the underlying causes of
        • radicalism
        • and terrorism.
      • It is also emblematic of the discourse that tends to place democracy and Islam as inherently incompatible.

        I for one disagree. There is certainly nothing in the religion itself which is opposed to freedom – the higher objectives of the sacred law are in fact committed to the preservation of those basic inalienable rights of freedom of conscience and the pursuit of wealth.

        The Muslim world faces a deficit of democracy because of_

      • the proliferation of autocrats who rule in the name of religion
      • but are often openly hostile and opposed to
      • those who express its teachings,
      • and are hell-bent on preserving their rule
        • in contravention of conventions of governance
        • and the Rule of Law.
      • By expanding our conception of the Muslim world beyond the confines of the Arab-Middle East,

        we find the forces of democracy advancing with much greater fortitude and conviction.

        The democratic success of Turkey and Indonesia are shining examples that the world would benefit by paying closer attention to. Indonesia,

      • while still grappling with the vexing problems of corruption and poverty,
      • represents a success story of immense significance
      • if one considers that the largest Muslim country in the world emerged from_
        • three decades of authoritarian rule,
        • practically overnight,
        • and without a single foreign troop stepping foot on her soil,
        • nor the shedding of a single drop of blood.
        • The AKP of Turkey represents the logical progression of democracy in Turkey –
        • a government that is at ease with the nation’s cultural and religious heritage as it is with the secular underpinnings of the government.
        • India,
        • Indonesia,
        • Turkey,
        • Japan,
        • and South Korea
        • which emphasises issues of governance
        • and accountability,
        • greater economic potential
        • as well as the unleashing of the creative energies of the human spirit. 
      • Asia’s rise to prominence in the latter part of the 20th century was monopolised by the fascination with the economic prowess of some of its stronger nations. That lens continues to influence engagement with the region

        India and China being the leaders

        but other countries proving their mettle in an increasingly competitive and globalised marketplace.

        While economic strength will continue to be a key indicator of the region’s overall development, I am quite confident that with leadership of burgeoning democracies like_

      • 3 Responses to “Keynote address by Anwar Ibrahim at the Institute of Social Sciences conference on Democracy in India, December 6, 2007 in New Delhi ”

      • I agree with your comments regarding Turkey, Dato Seri. There should be a clear separation of religion and government.
        Your continuing to “fight the good fight” is inspiring.

        • Religion is one’s personal communication with one’s God. Politics cannot be intertwined with one’s religious beliefs. Where politics is concerned it should practice the universal law of justice, equality and freedom within a discipline outlined by a just and fair govt. Though a group may fall within a religious philosophy, in practice each individual will definitely differ. So how can we have a govt. that uses a religious philosophy to outline public behaviour? So how come there are countries that favour certain religious and ethnic groups? There is much to think about for future politicians if they want to be respected and remain in office

      •    

    •   1 Implosion Dec 8th, 2007 at 9:12 pm

Beautiful Burma under the Brutal Tyrants should not be forgotten!

Beautiful Burma

under the Brutal Tyrants

should not be forgotten!

  • Wdaw_aung_san_suu_kyi1.jpghenever switching on the light,
  • There is no light back home
  • Whenever  eating delicious meals,
  • There are hungry people back home.
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  • Whenever speaking freely without fear,
  • Our people with sealed mouths back home
  • Whenever sleeping soundly,
  • There are people afraid of darkness,
  • Waiting for the night raids back home

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  • Whenever driving our cars to work,
  • There are people walking to work,
  • Because they can’t afford to buy bus tickets
  • Whenever surfing internet,
  • Internet access back home is blocked
  • Whenever making calls with the cell phone,
  • Telephone in Burma does not work
  • Whenever seeing people going on shopping sprees at sales,
  • 1 USD equals 1400 kyat back home
  • Whenever police are here to help us,
  • There they are for intimidation and torture
  • Oh… Mother Burma,
  • Once most prosperous country of Southeast Asia,
  • Who brings you down to become a chaotic police state,
  • We who are in free world,
  • Always hope to raise up the Mother Land..
  • Please do not forget your mother land
  • To get the Real Independence,
  • that is Freedom of Burma.

Sit Mone

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General Aung San’s speech to revolt against the Fascist military rulers

General Aung San’s speech

to revolt against the

Fascist military rulers

From Moe Thee Zone and Sit Mone’s blog

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King keeps his vow and man keeps his promise

King keeps his vow

and man keeps his promise

Posted on January 13, 2008 by Sit Mone

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There is a famous proverb in Burmese,

“The King needs to keep his vow as  the ordinary man has to keep his promise.”

This is called “Law Ka Par La” in Sanskrit which translates into “Shame” and “Fear” towards the wrong doing by oneself.

This blogger would like to present the real account of a Burmese King in today’s post. This is an excellent example of how a Burmese king kept his vow, following “Law Ka Par La” or “Shame” and “fear” of his own responsibility.

King Min Htee of Yakhine ( Rakhine) was the perfect example of a king who kept his vow in Burmese history.

During his reign, people working in the palace had the habit of betel chewing. Then they would usually clean their dirty fingers by swiping the gilded pillars of the palace. Because of this habit most of the pillars of the palace were dirty and stained with the red color of chewed betel and the white colour of the calcium which they used to smear on the (beatle)leaves.

King Min Htee circulated an order among the palace staff including the Ministers and princes. The order said that,”Whoever used his fingers to stain the pillars with chewed betel, would have his index finger cut off immediately”.

After the king’s order everybody in the palace followed the order strictly as no one wanted their fingers to be cut off .

Unfortunately, the King himself, accidentally used his finger to wipe off the chewed betel and stained a pillar in his palace.

Few days later the King noticed that the palace was being repainted to prepare for the arrival of a foreign diplomat. He asked why the Palace was being repainted.

Everybody kept quiet as they did not know how to answer the King’s question. Then a brave staff of the palace answered that the culprit was the King himself. To prove his point, he showed a detailed ” date, and time” record of the incident.

The King immediately took his sword out of the sheath and cut off his finger in front of the shocked Palace Staff.

“THE KING MIN HTEE WAS THE KING WITH COURAGE AND SHAME.”

According to the Burmese Historian U Pho Kyar, there is a statue of a King in a place called Laung Kyet in Burma. The statue’s hand had only four fingers, which strongly suggests that it was King Min Htee.

This blogger’s point here is that the old Burmese kings kept their Vow, and left a legacy in history. What about our new king in Nay Pyi Daw ? Does he keep his Vow?

Sit Mone

(Sorry, kindly forgive me for reprinting. I tried to edit but  failed)

Comment

Myanmar Tatmadaw Junta Generals are NOTORIOUS for failing to keep their promises.

I don’t think Than Shwe is better than Ne Win and Saw Maung.

I hope they  all would keep their promises to meet at HELL to form and lead the Veteran Myanmar Tatmadaw Association in Hell!