Of the new ‘monkeys’ on the blog

Of the new ‘monkeys’ on the blog

Extracts from Malaysiakini letter by Dr Hsu Dar Ren | Jun 2, 08

It was not too long ago that someone important labeled bloggers as monkeys! Bloggers were labeled as ‘irresponsible’ and accused of ‘lie-spreading’ never mind that the number one lie-spreader award should go to the mainstream media.

Suddenly, within the short period of 50 days after the election, blogs are mushrooming. No more worries of being labeled ‘anti-government’ – these politicians have opted to join the ranks of the ‘monkeys’. They have decided to join us in the ‘jungle’.

I blogged about our ideology – which is to create a fair, equal and multiracial society. I believe in that ideology and I have never veered from that.

I have blogged about an awareness of good governance, freedom and equality. I like to believe that I have done my little bit to make the world a better place.

I feel vindicated by this sudden mushrooming of the blogs and I am sure my fellow ‘monkeys’ in the old blogosphere will feel the same vindication – those who criticised blogs before are now rushing in to create their own blogs.

To these new kids (or shall I say new monkeys) on the ‘blog’, I say welcome to the blogosphere. It will be interesting to see how these politicians, because whatever is written serves as a record for posterity, and whatever they advocate, they cannot turn around and say ‘I never said so’.

Blogging is really a test of one’s sincerity and conscience. Do not blog just for the sake of blogging and do not blog just because it is now fashionable to do so.

Myanmar SPDC’s Marie Antoinette (in Burmese)


Marie Antoinette

at the age of 12 in 1767

Please read my previous article, “Cannibal Queen Kyine Kyine (a) Marie Antoinette” in my Compassionate letter 11.

Then continue to read the following article posted by Ko Moe Thee Zun_

ဇာတိမာန္ကို ေမြးၾက၊ ျပည္တြင္းျဖစ္ကို အားေပးၾက



တင္ၿပသူ- (m.s)
ကာတြန္းပုံ-(ဧရာ၀တီ အင္တာနက္စာမ်က္နာ)

ဒီမွာေဖာ္ၿပထားေသာ အမ်ိဳးသမီး ဓာတ္ပုံဟာ ၿပင္သစ္ဘုရင္ေဟာင္း လူ၀ီ ၁၆ (ေခၚ ) လူ၀ီေအာ္ဂတ္စတီရဲ႕ မိဖုရား မာရီယာအင္တြမ္နက္ (Marie Antoinette- ၁၇၅၅-၁၇၉၃ ) ရဲ႕ ဓာတ္ပုံၿဖစ္ပါတယ္။
သူမဟာ ( ၁၇၆၇-၁၇၇၀) ခုႏွစ္ အသက္ ၁၂ မွာ ၿပင္သစ္ဘုရင္ေဟာင္း လူ၀ီ ၁၆ ကုိ ထိမ္းၿမားေပးစားၿခင္းခံ ခဲ႔႔ ရေသာ္လည္း၊ သူမ အသက္ ၁၄ ႏွစ္ၾက မွ တရား၀င္ အၾကင္လင္မယား အၿဖစ္ ဗာဆုိင္းနန္းေတာ္မွာ ေပါင္းသင္းေနထုိင္ ခဲ႔ ၾကတယ္။

လူ၀ီ (၁၆) ဘုရင္ ဟာ ႏုိင္ငံေတာ္သစၥာေဖာက္မူ႔ နဲ႔ ၁၇၉၃ ခုႏွစ္မွာ ၿပည္သူ႔ ေ႔ရွေမွာက္မွာ ေခါင္းၿဖတ္သတ္ခံခဲ႔ ရသလုိ၊ မာရီယာအင္တြမ္နက္ဟာလည္း ၁၇၉၃ ခုႏွစ္မွာ ႏုိင္ငံေတာ္သစၥာေဖာက္မူ႔ နဲ႔ဘဲ ကြပ္ၿမစ္ၿခင္းခံခဲ႔ ရတယ္။

ဘာေၾကာင္႔သူ႕ မ ရဲ႕ သမုိင္း ဒီေလာက္ ရွင္းၿပေနရသလဲဆုိေတာ႔ န၀တသတင္းစာမွာ ေရးသားခဲ႔တဲ႔ ေဆာင္းပါးရွင္ လွဳိင္ေအာင္ (ေခၚ ) ၾကပ္ေၿပး Bob (ေခၚ ) လူသတ္သမား ေက်ာ္ဆန္းရဲ႕ ဥေဏွာက္မရွိ၊ လူသားမဆန္တဲ႔ ေအာက္တန္းက် ေၿပာဆုိခ်က္ေတြဟာ သူမ ေၿပာတာနဲ႔ အလြန္တူေနလုိ႕ ဘဲၿဖစ္တယ္။ သူမရဲ႕ ကမၻာေက်ာ္ ၿပက္လုံး ေလးကုိ ဖတ္ၾကည္႔ရေအာင္……..

“The famous solution to the bread famine, “Let them eat cake,” is unjustly attributed to the queen, but it is certain that Marie Antoinette lacked understanding of economic problems.”

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Universal Degeneration of Human Rights (UDHR)

Universal Degeneration of Human Rights (UDHR)

Injustice, inequality and impunity

Extracts from K Shan | Jun 2,08, in Malaysiakini

Sixty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations, people are still being_

  • tortured
  • and ill-treated in at least 81 countries,
  • face unfair trials in at least 54 countries
  • and are not allowed to speak freely in at least 77 countries.

burma yangon massive anti junta protest 250907 monksThese details from the Amnesty International report on 2007 also under the unfortunate fact that injustice, inequality and impunity have become the hallmark of governments today.

Six years into the so-called ‘war on terror’, the US continues to hold hundreds of people in indefinite military detention without charge or trial in Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay, in addition to the thousands held in Iraq.

In August, large-scale protests began in Myanmar against the government’s economic and political policies. At least 31 people – but likely, more than 100 – were killed in the subsequent crackdown by the authorities. A similar number was thought to be the victims of enforced disappearance.

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India to repair Shwedagon

India to repair Myanmar’s most-revered shrine

NEW DELHI: India will repair Myanmar’s famous Shwedagon Pagoda, or Golden Pagoda, which was damaged by cyclone Nargis on May 3. This offer was made during Sunday’s pledging conference where around 52 countries promised rehabilitation and reconstruction aid to Myanmar.

India’s offer is a diplomatic coup of sorts. Shwedagon is Myanmar’s most revered Buddhist shrine and is believed to house eight hairs of Gautam Buddha. For India, it’s an unbeatable way of building up confidence with Myanmar, but it’s also a way of claiming the diplomatic advantage on Buddhism.

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Refugees International Calls for More Aid to Displaced People and Vulnerable Populations in Burma

Ending the Waiting Game” Says Humanitarian Crisis Is Too Dire to Wait for a Civilian Government


Washington, DC – Dire humanitarian conditions in Burma require an increase in aid from the United States and other donors, Refugees International concluded in a new report. Ending the Waiting Game: Strategies for Responding to Internally Displaced People in Burma argues that the crisis in Burma has reached a point where displaced people and other vulnerable populations simply cannot wait any longer for outside assistance, including health services, education, food production and building the capacity of civil society organizations in the country. U.S. sanctions against Burma’s military regime currently prevent the provision of significant humanitarian aid.

“The Burmese people suffer from disease, malnutrition and poverty at alarming rates and those who have been forced from their homes are particularly vulnerable,” said Kavita Shukla, Advocate for Refugees International and author of Ending the Waiting Game. “The Burmese people simply cannot wait for a civilian government to be put into power before the outside world comes to their aid. It is unconscionable to sit back and watch their plight without taking concrete measures to help them.” Continue reading

Asean wants bigger role in Burma relief

M’sia wants bigger Asean role in Burma relief

Malaysiakini news Jun 1, 08

Burma should allow military helicopters and rubber boats from its Southeast Asian neighbours to help distribute aid to cyclone victims in remote areas, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said today.

Najib, who is also defence minister, assured Burma’s military rulers that military personnel from its Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) neighbours will not be used to destabilise the government.

“The only organisation that can be effective in terms of disaster relief operations is the military,” Najib told reporters at the end of a high-level security forum, the Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore. Continue reading

Censor bans journals from reporting on cyclone

Nem Davies   
Thursday, 29 May 2008 21:25

New Delhi – Burma’s censorship board, infamous for its stranglehold on the media, has denied permission to Rangoon based weekly journals from publishing stories on the cyclone devastation. In depth stories focussing on cyclone devastated Irrawaddy delta were cut by the censors, said an editor of a weekly journal.

“At least one-fourth of the cyclone related reportage was censored by the board in this week’s journal. It was the same in last week’s publication,” said the editor, who requested not to be named.

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