No guidelines for PR status?

No guidelines for PR status?

Unhappy Citizen in Malaysiakini May 28, 08

I refer to the letter


Ordeal of foreign spouses in Malaysia.

I am a Malaysian citizen with a foreign wife of Indonesian nationality. We have been married for nine years and have three children. My wife has been holding a social visit pass for nine years. We returned to Malaysia from overseas in 1998. Continue reading

Allow migrants a chance at the M’sian Dream

Allow migrants a chance at the M’sian Dream

My letter to the editor of Malaysiakini

May 28, 08 4:26pm

The present Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, commented that if Singapore continued with the old procedure of giving citizenship, Singapore would become an old folks’ home for its Permanent Resident holders. So he started offering PR to professionals who had completed two years’ work in Singapore. It is therefore possible to get Singapore citizenship within five years. Thus, new Singapore citizens could sever their umbilical cords from their old countries and give full loyalty to Singapore. Continue reading

US unilateral Interventions

US unilateral Interventions

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The permissibility of unilateral intervention under international

International reaction to unilateral intervention has varied from case to case. of existing international law of recent unilateral actions by the US, – 30k – CachedSimilar pages

The 1994 Haiti intervention: A unilateral operation in

A closer analysis of the intervention reveals that the planning and execution of the intervention were almost entirely unilateral and therefore cost the US pages

Time to revamp impotent /paralyzed United Nations

Time to revamp impotent /paralyzed United Nations


From Google search:


Results about 688,000 for UN Failures.  

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Intervene in Burma Now

Intervene in Burma Now

_ by Yebaw Day  in Burma Digest

1. ChiCom Masters are too busy with their Earthquake victims, and also in suppressing the Tibetans, and preparing for the Olympics, so they will not be able to help SPDC very much.
2. SPDC just lost about 300 men and 25 boats in their navy, and lost the South West Command in Pathein area.  So the entire Irrawaddy Division area is quite vulnerable for a beach landing, just like in the movie, the Longest Day, D-Day 6 June 1944. Continue reading

NLD Members Arrested; Suu Kyi’s Sentence Extended

By WAI MOE Tuesday, May 27, 2008


 About 16 members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) held a brief demonstration in Rangoon on Tuesday asking for the release of Aung San Su Kyi. (Photo: PDC)

At least 15 members of Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), were arrested as they marched towards the home of NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday in a demonstration marking the 18th anniversary of the 1990 general election.

The demonstrators, mostly young members of the party, shouted slogans demanding the release of Suu Kyi from house arrest and calling on the regime to allow international relief workers to help bring aid to cyclone victims. They held up a picture of Suu Kyi.

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Report Card for UN in Myanmar: All F

Report Card for UN in Myanmar: All F



BANGKOK, Thailand: Efforts in recent years by the United Nations to achieve democratic reform and end human rights abuses in Myanmar have been punctuated by frustration, false hopes and failure:



1974: Anti-regime riots erupt when the body of retired U.N. Secretary-General U Thant comes home to Myanmar for burial.

1989: Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi detained and put under house arrest after the military’s brutal suppression of an uprising a year earlier. Continue reading



In Burma Digest, as DR SAN OO AUNG
“Opening Heart on Equal Rights for All Ethnicities”

Last night, I fell asleep on the sofa while thinking to write a letter supporting the Burma’s Open Heart campaign. Earlier in the evening, I read the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech given by Martin Luther King in the August 1963. He had electrified America with his speech, given from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. And strangely I really dreamed a Burmanized dream almost exactly like King’s famous speech.

Last 60 years ago, in February 1947, all of the Ethnic groups in Burma had a dream to form the Union of Burma with the signing of the Panglon Agreement.

But their dreams changed to a dreadful nightmare under the successive Military rulers from Ne Win, Saw Maung and Than Shwe.

His Royal Highness Prince Hso Khan Pha also known as Tiger Yawnghwe, the eldest son of Sao Shwe Thaik, the former Saopha [Prince] of Yawnghwe [Nyaung-Shwe] and the first President of Burma after Burma’s Independence from British colonial rule said_

“Might I add that the problem that exists is not ethic “minority” rights versus the “majority” Burmese rights but rather of equality of rights for all? Continue reading

Myanmar extends Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest

Myanmar extends Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest


YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s ruling junta has extended the house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi by another year, an official said Tuesday, as 16 of the democracy leader’s supporters were arrested.

Seven Myanmar officials went to the lakeside Yangon home that has been Aung San Suu Kyi’s prison for most of the last 18 years and delivered the news on Tuesday afternoon during a 10-minute meeting, a state official said.

“Her detention was extended by one year,” the official told AFP.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner’s most recent period in detention began on May 30, 2003, when her convoy was ambushed while she toured upcountry.

The junta says four people were killed in that attack, but the party puts the toll at nearly 100. Continue reading

I have a dream Pt 1

I have a dream Pt 1


KJ John in Malaysiaki May 27, 08


martin luther king 270508Dear KJ John, may you kindly allow me to borrow your very good article and Burmanized it so that my fellow citizens could taste it better.

TQ for allowing to use this article and for indirectly contributing to the evolution/revolution/reformation of Myanmar under military dictatorship. Actually I had already adapted the original speech into Burmese and published in Burma Digest and in this web page earlier.

  1. In Burma Digest, as DR SAN OO AUNG
    • Thrust into national spotlight after the bus protest march in Birmingham, where he was duly arrested and incarcerated,
    • King built on that momentum and months later led a massive march to Washington, DC, on Aug 28, 1963.
    • On the steps of Lincoln Memorial, he evoked the conscience of a nation in the name of Honest Abe in his ‘I have a dream’ speech,
    • which amassed cross-sectional support for desegregation culminating with the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
    • to revert to need-based ethnic relations
    • and public policies.
    • Can every Myanmar/Burmese dare to dream King’s ideal and therefore claim our rightful place under the Myanmar sun?
    • Can every Myanmar/Burmese thereby be treated with dignity, respect and honour?
    • Where then do we find such a guarantee other than in our Constitution, as General Aung San so ably reminded us?
    • Do Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, 88 Generation Student leaders, NLD leaders and ethnic minority leaders for instance, enjoy the rights and privileges of all other Myanmars/Burmese who are still free?
    • Or do the non-military affiliated ordinary Burmese citizens enjoy the rights and privileges of all the military in uniform and their affiliated ‘civilian’ Kyant Phuts and Swanaar Shins?
    • Do we not, all Myanmars/Burmese, have the same sentiments and feelings for the marginalised poor civilians Burmese people whom they fight for?
    • Should we all therefore not be in jail with them for we share their cause and reasons?
    • Should U Razak and U Rashid, who fought the British and Japanese and help to obtain Independence for Burma, enjoy the rights and privileges of Myanmars/Burmese citizens, now that the British have left?
    • Do the handicapped in Myanmars/Burmese enjoy equal rights?
    • Why is development in Myanmar/Burma so unequally distributed?
    • Why does Nay Pyi Daw get a development budget that is greater than that of the whole state of Chin, Rakhine, Kachin, Shan, Kayah, Mon, Kayin or Sarawak.
    • Why is Myanmar/Burma run by the military government when the opposition won the election?
    • Why are the land rights of traditional ‘peoples of the soil’ in Ethnic Minority areas being denied to them taken by military leaders families and friends?

    I am borrowing the title of this column from the speech of Martin Luther King Jr, as seasoned readers would have noticed already. Continue reading