Why trying for a sham referendum that would be rejected by the people and the world?

Why trying for a sham referendum

that would be rejected by the people and the world?

I have edited and adapted to the Myanmar context from the original article in the Malaysiakini by KSN. I hope that the Malaysiakini and KSN could understand and forgive us for this. They should even be proud that they could contribute a very good article for the fellow Myanmar/Burmese citizens

Our people had already spoken in 1990, Burma has spoken, spoken emphatically, loud and clear that their choice is Daw Aung San suu Kyi and NLD but not the civilian puppets of the military. Let me share my thoughts and the message the results convey to various parties who contested the elections.

To the SPDC or what was called SLORC or what is going to be called Kyant Phuts:

We, Myanmars or Burmese citizens want a government of capable, efficient, competent, clean and intellectually respectable leaders with integrity. There were none earlier. Is there any left? I have my doubts.

We want transparency in administration in all aspects especially in the utilisation of public funds, tax payers’ money. We want corruption to be zero without exclusion. We want an independent and competent judiciary, decisions based on law, interpreted without fear or favour. We want fair representation in the civil service across the board at all levels, befitting a multiracial country and population.

We, the people of Myanmar or Burma, are not as stupid as Myanmar Military Generals think. The 1990 election results is proof of that. We understand right and wrong, justice and injustice, fair and unfair policies and practices. We want the best brains, in both men and women in all jobs under government control at all levels especially for heads of all pubic services, corporations, statutory bodies, the police force, the anti-corruption agency, the attorney-general’s chambers etc.

We want an independent anti-corruption agency. We want an independent Attorney-General. We want an independent IGP and enforcement of laws without fear or favour. We want a non-racial based government. We do not want a Cabinet representing based on races and religions. It is the duty of the government to take proper care of all irrespective of race and religion.

We do not want the federal government development denied to states under the control of opposition parties. We do not want a government that intimidates the people with racial riots. That does not wash anymore as people have grown up and are matured and realise that everyone will lose in such tragic situations. Those who talk publicly about the tragedy just for votes will run away with their ill-gotten wealth which is parked all over the world.

For the opposition:

Do not take the support you have received for granted. Run the state under your control, if you have a chance to rule over, in an exemplary manner taking into consideration the factors listed above for the SPDC.

Discuss and reach an common platform which will benefit the people and the country. The message from the election results is that our people are ready and willing to receive a multiracial and multi-religious government.

Give Daw Aung San suu Kyi a chance to lead such a party.

General suggestions:

SPDC, Myanmar Military Junta, Kyant Phut, Swan Arrshin, U Paine and all the military affiliated parties should wind up. They are ‘dead’ anyway. Please do not exist for the benefit of few.

This letter may not contain anything new but it reflects the ordinary Burmese hopes, aspirations, expectations and dreams for the future of Myanmar and its future generations. The 1990 election results is a ‘statement’ that Burma wanted the true democracy after all.

Why need a new sham referendum and a new election when all of us know that the Myanmar people and the whole world including United Nations would not accept those as the legal process.

Veteran Journalist Calls for People Power to Oust Regime

Veteran Journalist Calls for

People Power to Oust Regime

By VIOLET CHO in Irrawaddy

There are no countries in the world which have gained liberation though the help of the United Nations.
– Ludu Sein Win, Burmese Prominent Journalist

Less than a week after an unsuccessful visit to Burma by UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari, one of the country’s most respected journalists has made an extraordinary appeal for a “people power” uprising to end the ruling regime’s stranglehold on power.

In a recorded message addressed to Burmese both inside and outside the country, Ludu Sein Win, a prominent journalist and former political prisoner, said that he believed that force was the only way to end more than four decades of military rule.

“In the entire history of the world, there has never been a dictator who willingly gave up power once he had it firmly in his hands,” he said in his message, recorded in the former capital, Rangoon.

“And there are no countries in the world which have gained liberation though the help of the United Nations,” he added, in apparent reference to the failed efforts of the UN special envoy, who left the country on Monday after being chastised by the ruling generals for “bias” in favor of the democratic opposition.

Describing the deepening political, social and economic crisis facing the country, the sixty-eight-year-old veteran journalist warned the Burmese people that it was futile to pin their hopes for a better future on the diplomatic efforts of the international community.

“Don’t waste your time dreaming about dialogue and considering help from the UN Security Council,” he said. “We already have the power to force out the military dictatorship. That power is the force and strength of every Burmese citizen.”

In the wake of last September’s monk-led protests, which attracted worldwide attention, the time is right to launch a renewed effort to overthrow military rule, the veteran journalist insisted. 

Ludu Sein Win has experienced more than his fair share of trouble at the hands of the country’s ruling dictators.

He began his distinguished career as a young reporter for the Mandalay-based left-wing newspaper, Ludu (“The People”), launched in 1946. As the publication’s Rangoon bureau chief, he was arrested at the age of 27 and sentenced without trial to 13 years in prison, during which he was tortured by the authorities. He then spent an additional two years confined on Coco Island, a penal colony located about 430 km southwest of Rangoon in the Indian Ocean.

He is one of Burma’s most outspoken advocates of independent media, and is the author of many books on the basic theory and ethics of journalism. He is also popular as a prolific writer of books on issues relating to young people.

If people voted NO in the referendum, could SPDC retreat to the barracks?

If people voted NO in the referendum

Could SPDC retreat to the barracks?

Modified and edited the original comment by MARINA MAHATHIR.

I have edited and adapted to the Myanmar context from the original article in the Star newspaper by MARINA MAHATHIR. I hope that the Star newspaper and Ms.  MARINA MAHATHIR could understand and forgive us for this. They should even be proud that they could contribute a very good article for the fellow Myanmar/Burmese citizens

If Myanmar Military has enough intelligence, they should understand the historical result of 1990 election; they should have the ability to learn the lesson from that election. It seems that Myanmar Military is not satisfied with the humiliating defeat they had suffered then. They are still bossy, dictating their own terms and conditions and humility is definitely lacking.

FOR some Myanmars it was like the proverbial saying, being caught between a rock and a hard place.  Support the despicable Tatmadaw but familiar, or take the leap into the unknown, say NO at the referendum and effectively vote for the opposition. In the end, many decided to chance it by changing the support. 

For some, it would be an emotional decision because they are scared of the repercussion, for others it might be easy. But all would feel they had to do it because they could not take it anymore.  

To continue to vote in a military government that simply seemed out of touch was un-bearable. 

Many Burmese citizens are simply fed up. They want to teach the Military Government a lesson. 

So they are just going for it with a vengeance and are even willing to elect the untested candidates with few credentials.  

Myanmar citizens have taken a leaf from other countries where unpopular governments had been summarily dismissed. 

The referendum is a chance for Myanmar Citizens to show the Military Government our disapproval. They asked for it. Let’s vetoed them out with a vote coming out from our hearts. At the next time round for the election, we can truly make an informed choice and get to compare apples with apples. 

But, to see the types of excuses being given by those who lost, Myanmar Military leaders to stay on power, one would think that the lesson of that 1990 election has simply gone over their heads and they had never learned a lesson. May be they had learned a lesson not to give freedom of choice, to intimidate the people and to rig the pools results.  

It is everyone else’s fault but theirs.  Some military generals still foolishly believe that despite the debacle, people still want them and they should continue to rule Myanmar.  

It’s a bit like a spouse who doesn’t believe the marriage has broken down even when he or she is served the divorce papers. 

In the face of denial such as this, there is no room for subtlety.  

“Arr Naar Dae.” As polite as we, Myanmars are normally; this is not the time for it when unwanted military leaders just don’t understand.  

We all Myanmar citizens should just come out and say, “We didn’t vote for you because we don’t like the military governments and military rule but the true and pure democracy, that’s all there is to it.”  

And the fact that we rejected your cohorts everywhere is a clear enough signal that we want you out, too. 

It’s about that concept known as accountability.  

How often do we read of major corporate executives who had to resign because they lost their companies millions and billions of dollars?  

Or politicians elsewhere who had to step down because of some major scandal?  

Someone has to take responsibility for not performing.  

And what else was the 1990 general election but a report card on performance, which in that case, (the military Government) failed and got the outright F? 

What’s more, it takes a courageous and noble man to take responsibility.  

By refusing to acknowledge responsibility and accept the defeat, our former and current Myanmar military leaders are showing not only arrogance but also cowardice.  

They believe that by staying in office, they will be protected from possible demands for answers to tricky questions.  

And why should they not believe that, when they have done the same to others?  

So the continued staying in power by grasping tightly with one hand and showing off or threatening the unarmed civilians with the pistol in another hand is not an act of courage or responsibility, but one of weakness and cowardice.  

It is also an act of wilful blindness and deafness of the Myanmar Tatmadaw leaders.  

To wear eyeshades and earplugs is only a temporary measure to block out the growing mumblings among the electorate that their will is only being partially obeyed.  

If this continues, then they  

will make that will known in  

the not-too-distant future by punishing those who ignored their message.  

That will be even more humiliating. So while the opportunity exists for an honourable withdrawal, it should be taken by the SPDC Generals. 

Not to say that NLD who won should feel too triumphant, but they should show the military leaders some safe way out. 

If Myanmar Military should learn one lesson from the 1990 election, it is that hubris has no place in their make-up.  

Humility is the keyword, both for winners and losers.  

The thing about arrogance is that, by nature, it cannot be hidden.  

The Myanmar public is not as blind as the arrogant would like to believe.  

Nor is the public unable to detect a lack of sincerity and genuineness of the SPDC.  

The major lesson is that power rightfully rests with the people.  

It’s all in that little piece of paper we vote NO in the referendum could finally chased out the Myanmar Tatmadaw from the corridors of power and to retreat to their barracks waiting for the orders given by the duly elected civilian political leaders.