Longing for a genuine democratic change in Myanmar

Longing for a genuine democratic change in Myanmar

Adapted and Burmanized from Ms Irene Fernandez’s letter in Malaysiakini


A few months ago, a number of seamen from trawler boats jumped ship in Tanjung Manis, Sarawak. These Cambodian fishermen were brought to work in Thailand as construction workers but sold to Thai fishing trawler owners.

Fitting to the mould of the ‘Ali Baba’ style of getting licenses and selling them, we have a situation of a Cambodian sold to a Thai trawler who had a Malaysian fishing license. All the ingredients for trafficking in persons.

We know that the fishermen in trawlers have no protection and if they fall sick, there is no medical treatment. When they are very sick or do not work as demanded, they are beaten up and then, when they become weak, thrown into the sea to die. Was it wrong for the fishermen to jump ship at Tanjung Manis?

Was there fair and free referendum in Myanmar? Definitely not.

Do we hope that there would be a fair and free elections? No one believe the SPDC.

There is no free media. There was unnecessary fear instilled in the Pyi-Thu LUDU. And if we put all this together, it was unfair. Does it constitute genuine democracy? No!

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Ms Irene Fernandez, abused by the justice system?

Ms Irene Fernandez, abused by the justice system?

Malaysiakini article by KJ John | Aug 12, 08

I have known Irene Fernandez and her family since about the 1960s. We were neighbours and I often say publicly “that we all, as kids, used to play marbles, rounders, and kites together.” Those were the days before TVs and computers, when life was simple and great fun.


anwar ibrahim sodomy allegation saiful bukhari azlan first day in court 070808 irene fernandezTherefore I know Rita, Josie, the late Leo, Irene (photo), Aigle, Jane and Robin; the entire Fernandez family. I even have a physical mark to show for the friendship, when I accidentally put my thumb into a live socket, as I was helping Rita change a bulb.


God was gracious in keeping me alive. They are an illustrious Malayalee Catholic family from Sungai Petani; well known for their many charitable works of ministry in the social sphere. They are even more known today; being at the forefront of many civil society initiatives and activities, whether in Penang or Perak or at the national level, within both Tenaganita and the Transparency International of Malaysia.

Now, why then is it that in this country justice bells do not ring for these Kedahans but does for others who are not even as deserving? Why is it that bright, energetic Kedahans who have the guts to say ‘no to corruption in various forms,’ and who stand up for justice, truth and righteousness get labeled, abused and even traumatized?

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Foreign Workers are turned into commodities for buy/sell

Foreign Workers are turned into

commodities for buy/sell

Malaysiakini article by Baradan Kuppusamy | Aug 12, 08

Like thousands of migrant workers, Mir Hussein Wahab, aged 29, from Lahore, Pakistan, is a victim of a new phenomenon called , a Malay term that describes a human trafficking racket that rakes in millions of dollars for international syndicates.



Literally, jual-beli means ‘bought-sold’ and is used to refer to the daily trading of goods in the local market.

In recent months, migrant workers have been persuaded to part with hard cash to enter the country only to learn that they had been duped and left stranded without jobs, money or assistance from their sponsors or authorities.

“They are treated as a commodity and pay their way into the country as documented workers and then abandoned to fend for themselves,” said Agile Fernandez, migrant worker coordinator with Tenaganita, a non-government organisation that works to protect migrant workers from exploitation.

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Gus Dur visits DSAI

Gus Dur visits DSAI

Malaysiakini news by Terence Netto | Aug 12, 08

anwar ibrahim and gus dur former indonesia president 110808 04Friendships can develop from several roots: when they serve mutual needs, when dependencies overlap and when shared experiences are intense.
But there is another type that can develop between intelligent people who are otherwise strangers to each other: when they share a common store of knowledge, a community of information, with a known set of rules and attached meanings.

Deeper, yet, is the friendship that does not require the respondents see each other often for they don’t feel that the interstices entail a loss. Suffice they hear or read something the other says, and straight away an immediacy of presence is felt, palpable through the realm of spiritual mediation.

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Meeting President Bush


Monday,August 11,2008

Last week, several Burmese exiles living in Thailand were invited to have lunch with President George W Bush at the US ambassador’s residence in Bangkok. 

Months of preparation went into the meeting, which was intended to give Bush an opportunity to learn more about Burma’s current political situation. Although his Thai hosts were understandably concerned about the reaction of Burma’s ruling military regime, the event went ahead without a hitch.

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German institute to help fight cybercrime in Malaysia

German institute to help fight cybercrime in Malaysia

By DHARMENDER SINGH in Online news

SHAH ALAM: Mimos has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Ruhr-University Bochum of Germany to conduct joint research into ways to reduce phishing, pharming, viruses, hacking and other types of cybercrime.

Mimos Information Security Cluster head Prof Dr Mohamed Ridza Wahiddin said the number of cases reported of such invasions of corporate networks was only the “tip of the iceberg.”

“Phishing, pharming, virus attacks and hacking of systems belonging to companies is no longer done for fun or curiosity but is now big business, as there is money to made from such invasions.

“At the same time, the public and companies both often lose large sums of money as a result of fraud committed by people who are difficult to trace,” he told reporters after the launch of the Second Asia Pacific Trusted Infrastructure Summer School here on Monday.

Phishing is the attempt to fraudulently acquire information such as usernames, passwords, bank account or credit card details by posing as a known company or establishment.

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If Doctor and Hospital fine over leaked report, you must take similar action on leaked Dr M’s letter to Israel PM

If Doctor and Hospital fined over leaked report,

you must take similar action on leaked Dr M’s letter to Israel PM

COMMENT: We hereby wish to request that_

If Doctor and Hospital fined over leaked report,you must take similar action on leaked alleged Dr M’s letter’ to Israel PM.

After all OSA is more powerful and serious than Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998.

And the letter rundown the reputation of our Greatest former PM and our country’s reputation of staunch defender of Islam and Palestinians but the report effected only one person only (if we hope and assume that there is no conspiracy at all)

After all Dr Osman is not the owner of the Pusrawi and even if he is an owner he could not and should not keep all the patient’s record under lock and key for all the time. Any patient facing any emergency problem could face problem if the doctors on duty in any hospital or health care facilities are denied access to the patient’s medical record.

 So if the authorities could not pin point the real culprit who leaked the records, could not arbitrarily practice collective punishment.

 I still remember the case of an illegal Indonesian Illegal Immigrant, killed by the dozen of soldiers at the beach in Malacca.  The judge released all the soldiers free because no one admit the crime of murder. The Judge failed to look at the UN International War Crime Tribunal’s Yamamoto Doctrine.

Yamamoto was found guilty for the crimes committed by his Japanese soldiers in Phillipine during WW2.

No police or military person could commit atrocities and claim immunity as if obeying the orders from above and no higher authorities could refused the responsibility of the crimes committed by his subordinates.

News from NST’s point of view

KUALA TERENGGANU: Hospital Pusrawi is liable to a fine of up to RM300,000 and its management may face jail time if investigations reveal there was negligence which led to Mohd Saiful Bukhari’s medical report being leaked.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latif Ahmad said this was provided for under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998.

Furthermore, the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) could take disciplinary action against the doctor involved because leaking the report to the public went against medical ethics, he said after visiting the Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah here. 

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From SkyNews

LONDON, Aug 12 — The global television audience of more than three billion people watched in amazement as a series of giant footprints outlined in fireworks proceeded through the night sky from Tiananmen Square to the Bird’s Nest stadium — except they were watching a computer animation.

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Suu Kyi Discusses Detention with her Lawyer


Monday,August 11,2008

Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has had a rare meeting with her lawyer to discuss her continuing house arrest, a National League for Democracy (NLD) spokesman reported on Monday.

The meeting between Suu Kyi, head of the NLD, and lawyer Kyi Win was held on Friday at the Nobel laureate’s Rangoon home, where she has been confined for most of the past 19 years.

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