A challenge to the PM of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

A challenge to the PM

of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

What a shame _ OIC, Dubai and UAE

for ignoring the majority

downtrodden world Muslims  

 

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai : “I like a challenge. When there is no challenge I feel sad,”

Shaikh Mohammad meets a German intellectual. He said interacting with literary personalities was more important to him than meeting politicians. He hoped cross-cultural cooperation would eliminate geographical demarcations.

Note: His Highness PM of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoummay have done_

  • a lot for his people,
  • many for the Arabs (Palestinians and Iraq),
  • quite a lot for the western allies
  • but I think he had done very little for the majority downtrodden world Muslims who are living in non OIC countries
  • and almost nothing for the Muslims in Burma/Myanmar.
  • What a shame!

Please read the propaganda from Gulf News 9 February 2008 Many leaders promise, we deliver

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, won over a distinguished German audience on Thursday when he said: “Many leaders promise, we deliver.”

Delivering a speech during a felicitation at the Free University of Berlin where he was honoured with a gold medal for his support and promotion of cultural exchanges between peoples of the two countries, Shaikh Mohammed received several rounds of applause from the gathering as he provided an insight into the UAE’s work culture and ethics.
The audience listened in rapt attention as Shaikh Mohammed, speaking in English, explained his philosophy of economics and how the UAE is today one of the world’s fastest developing nations. Shaikh Mohammed, on the second day of his two-day state visit to Germany, was received at the Free Berlin University by former German Chancellor and Chairman of the Arab-German Friendship Association Gerhard Schroeder, Chancellor of the University and staff.

“I like a challenge. When there is no challenge I feel sad,” he said explaining how the UAE managed to overcome hurdles and build up the infrastructure that is now the focus of world attention. Many people, he said, were sceptical when initial plans of what the UAE wanted to build and do were known. But later these people realised the wise economic decisions of the country.

Regarding democratic values in Arab society, Shaikh Mohammed told the audience that the “majlis” has been a central point in decision-making since times immemorial. He said this in the context of modern democracy. All decisions that affect society, he added, were taken after due consultations. “We have democracy embodied in our Majlis [council] where the Ruler meets people face to face. We have our own democracy, a free nation and people that are free to say what they want … Just as you cannot convince me to wear your suits in the UAE, I cannot convince you to wear my dishdasha in Berlin.”

But what drew resounding praise from the gathering was when Shaikh Mohammed informed the audience about the UAE’s multicultured set-up where more nationalities live under one roof than in any other country.

He said: “In the UAE all nationalities live in peace. And if the UAE can do it then why not other countries.” “Dubai and the UAE are models of human co-existence, so why can’t the world follow suit?”

Shaikh Mohammed told the audience about the challenges which began early with his ancestors from Baniyas tribe, facing tough challenges, while looking for water to quench their thirst, and for grazing to their cattle. “It was a great challenge due to severity of the desert and lack of the natural resources,” Shaikh Mohammed said.

Elaborating on the challenges faced by the UAE after its inception and its subsequent growth and prosperity, Shaikh Mohammad said: “We built a modern and peaceful society in the middle of the desert, with giant projects of international status …

But, he said, those challenges were met. In this context he particularly mentioned Jebel Ali port, the biggest in the region, Emirates airline, development nationwide and construction of cities whether locally or worldwide with UAE talent and management. With these words – received with a standing ovation – His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, ended his two-day official visit to Germany.

Ko Htun Sein stopped singing “God save the King”

Ko Htun Sein stopped singing

“God save the King”

At Rangoon University Student Meetings

During one of the student meetings, in late 20’s, at the Rangoon University all the students stoop-up to sing the “God save the King” in front of the British Colonial ruler’s Union Jack flag as a respect and salute.

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But one student defiantly refused to stand up to sing the song and continue sitting in front of all the students. At the end of the song, he stood-up and addressed the student in English as it was the norm for all the university students.

“Comrade Students, please kindly allow me to speak for a moment. All of us here are Burmese but there is not even a single white English student amongst us, coming here from England to study. During our Myanmar national students’ meeting, if all of you just think over carefully about the song you all just sang, “God save the King”. I am trying to prove here a very important point; every right thinking person with the capacity to see the truth understand that the King of England is the king of the white people but not our king. It is shameful to pray for the occupier colonial master King of England.

He was Ko Htun Sein, a Burmese Muslim Mathematic Tutor, invited by Ko Htun Lu, the famous First (1920) Student Boycott leader. He later resigned from the tutor post and enlisted as a student to read Law at Rangoon University.

Since then, student meetings were held without the singing the “God save the King”. University authorities tried to take action for Ko Htun Sein’s action of instigating, But they were not successful but just let off the hook with stern warnings because of Ko Htun Sein’s smart rebuttals.

Strategy to win over hearts and minds of the SPDC, China, India, ASEAN and USA

Strategy to win over

hearts and mindsof the SPDC,

China, India, ASEAN and USA

To overcome the current political impasse, we clearly need to read back the well tested methods of Dale Carnegie by revising his, “How to win friends and influence people” or the Burmese translated book of U Nu, “Meik Ta Bala Dee Kar”. I had read the book about fifty times when I was young, but I regret that I could not get enough time to revise it in the last twenty years.

I try to think and plan the Strategies to win over hearts and minds of our counterpart  opponent friends in SPDC, China, India, ASEAN and our best friend USA to understand, agree and support us with more enthusiasms and force. Dale Carnegie and other motivation writers’ advises, keep on invading my mind.

I hope that as long as I refrain from copying their books, my thoughts which I think aloud or giving advise or probing for the new ideas to improve or change the sociopolitical condition of our downtrodden country could not be regarded as the infringement of the copy rights. Dale Carnegie had sold the ideas for the practical use and Mr Dale Carnegie would definitely proud and happy to see that his ideas are discussed to help Burma free from oppression, poor and backwardness.

First of all, we should look at the emergence or materialization of the new Democratic Government and the Federal Democratic Union of Burma, from China, India, ASEAN and USA’s POV. (Point of View)

  • China, India and ASEAN may definitely wish to continue the privileges in trade and investment.
  • We all opposition or Democratic forces outside and inside Burma should promise that they would not be kicked out, their investment and property would not be nationalized and all of their rights would be protected and even could be better than what the present SPDC had allowed.

We heard the news that ex Japanese Ambassador was not friendly to NLD and Daw Suu because he was once said to be snubbed by Daw Suu during 88 revolution climax.

And there were rumours that Chinese Ambassador was also given tjhe cold shoulder and turned down from seeing Daw Suu by the high ranking NLD officials at that time.

And my friend, Ohn Kyaw Myint claimed that, one Indian Muslim who flown in from India offered to donate million USD funds for NLD, but requested for ONE Muslim to be fielded in the election at Chin State. Daw Suu remarked that if NLD fielded a Kala Gyi, NLD would lost the election.

When Daw Suu was asked about her vision for the future rights and chances of the Minority Ethnic races and Minority religious groups, she was reported to have answered that it was important to get the democracy first and she would consider about them later.

When Daw Suu was asked about the action to be taken after transferring power, on to the Military Generals for their atrocities committed, she replied that she could forgive and forget but it was up to the peoples who suffered the atrocities to be decided.

And at an important conference, one NLD official declared that persons like Maung Khin Nyunt should be arrested and tried at the Nuremburg Criminal Court.

All the above blunders backfired except for the Kala Gyi MP.

Actually we all should draw, declare and promise to uphold or undertake something like an Election Manifesto or our Democratic pledges.

For our greatest friend USA_

  • a war budget is very expensive as it is proved by Iraq.
  • We don’t have enough oil and gas.
  • So we should need to pledge e.g. Coco Islands and some few islands to USA to use as naval base and for commercial use like Hong Kong, Macao etc for let’s say 100 years.

In order to get a Win-Win solution deal in our Dialogue with the SPDC the Negotiations must be aimed in finding a fair compromise to form a Coaliation Care Taker Government.

All of us need to sacrifice_

  • some of our selfishness,
  • have a Chetana for our country’s future
  • and all must make sure not to insult or dent the ego of the other side.

We must not only think what we want selfishly.

We need to consider from our opponents’ side and the present reality or socio-political condition of our country and the outside world.

The following is a list of actions which should or should not be taken when there is conflict.

Useful tips are as follows:

  • We all need to understand all the possible dangers, repercussions, revenge and problems that the Myanmar Military Generals could face after handing over power.
  • We all should try to look from their POVs, point of views.
  • Then only we could be able to convince our opponents so that they would also reciprocally accept our point of view or in other way try to be understood us by others.
  • Listen actively to fully understand the SPDC, China, India and ASEAN’s POVs or their views and standings interestingly or if possible, sympathetically.
  • And try to find the solution for their_
    • alleged grievances,
    • sufferings
    • and requests.
  • Focus on the problem, not the person. Don’t try to attack personally.
  • Don’t try to blocked out or shut-off any one or any party.
  • Don’t assume, judge or blame the SPDC prematurely or if possible never commit this crime.
  • Don’t disregard the Myanmar Military General’s interests.
  • Don’t allow emotions to override the discussion.
  • Don’t focus on personality traits of Military Junta that cannot be changed.
  • Don’t allow emotions to override our Game Plan. (But it is not a game only.)

Don’t allow our_

  • hatred of military
  • or generals
  • or Nationalist spirit
  • or hatred of foreigners
  • or new comers
  • or mixed blooded people
  • or other race or religion

to derail our democratization movement.

We need crucial negotiation skill, strategies, tools and techniques to effectively handle this negotiation which involves the greatest political conflict of our country.

We need to be able to create a strong negotiating position, even if we think we are in a weak position, we must keep in mind that most of the people, UN and almost the hole world is supporting us.

If so, we may need to brush up our win-win negotiation skills.

We need to be able to reach a fair compromise in this Negotiation so that the results would be the Win-Win for all.

Effective negotiation helps us to resolve situations like this where we  want, FULL DEMOCRACY.

But this conflicts with what SPDC and Myanmar Tatmadaw wants;  

  • NOT A DEMOCRACY
  • BUT the MILITARY’S TOTAL DOMINENCE FOREVER.  

The aim of win-win negotiation is to find a solution that is acceptable to both parties, and leaves both parties feeling that they’ve won, in some way, after the event. There are different styles of negotiation, depending on circumstances.  

  • If we do not expect to deal with Myanmar Tatmadaw ever again and we do not need their goodwill, then it may be appropriate to “play hardball”, seeking to win a negotiation while the other person loses out.
  • We should purposely show our graciousness by letting the Tatmadaw Generals what they want.
  • We must think, discuss and proposed in advance as the incentives to the SPDC to willingly start a dialogue. 
  • We must think and discuss what we and the SPDC have that we can trade for the mutual benefit.

    • Their power of control of the country as the government
    • and our support by the people and the world leaders esp. the western democratic countries.

These are the facts that each has that the other wants.

  • We should work out to trade these. 
  • We should base on all of the above considerations and think about the possible compromises we could reach.

For a negotiation to be ‘win-win’, both parties should feel positive about the negotiation once it’s over.

This helps people keep good working relationships afterwards.

We should carefully explore our position and the SPDC’s position, with the goal of finding a mutually acceptable compromise that gives us both as much of what we want as possible.