Burmese Folk Tale: If we all just wait for the heroes, nothing will ever change. All of us must do our bit, and do our best in whatever little things we can do for our country to get real democracy

Burmese Folk Tale: If we all just wait for the heroes,

nothing will ever change.

All of us must do our bit, and do our best

in whatever little things we can do for our country to get real democracy

Once upon a time, long long time ago, there was a village in a far away remote area of Burma called, let’s say, Shwe Bama village. Because of the constant disturbances of the wild beast, the villagers were wishing, praying and waiting for a hero to fight and kill the beast and to liberate them. 

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Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan to Myanmars: “If we wait for heroes, nothing will ever change. All of us must do our bit, and do our best in whatever little things we can do,”

Comment: Sorry Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan. You were just refering to Malaysians but I just changed the heading to attract Burmese readers. TQ for your helping highlighting Burmese issues in your Mkini.

Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan to Myanmars: “If we wait for heroes, nothing will ever change. All of us must do our bit, and do our best in whatever little things we can do,”

Five ‘heroes’ named for battling ignorance, injustice

The Annexe Gallery, known for its work in championing freedom of expression, has today lauded a number of individuals as ‘heroes’, including Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan.

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Bangladeshis workers welcome when economy improves

DHAKA, Dec 12 —Malaysia will consider recruiting Bangladeshi workers once the economy returns to its old trajectory, as demand for workers in various sectors will surge.

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Reuters:Michael Jackson to get lifetime achievement Grammy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Singer Michael Jackson next month will receive a posthumous Grammy for lifetime achievement, along with six other artists, organizers of the music industry’s top awards said.

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Star letter: Go for tests only if necessary

Star letter: Go for tests only if necessary

Although not a doctor, my experience in consulting cardiologists over the years may be of interest to Malaysians in this age of high tech and increasingly expensive health care.

About three years ago, I failed the treadmill test. Despite the fact that I had no heart disease symptoms, my cardiologist wanted me to have a coronary angiogram to see how badly my coronary arteries were blocked. Although I initially refused to do it, I eventually submitted to an exercise heart scan which showed a myocardium blockage of 24%. On the basis of that result, I was strongly advised to have an angioplasty with possible insertion of one or two stents – a procedure which was rather costly.

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Anti-Indian sentiments

Anti-Indian sentiments in Burma

After the First World War, anti-Indian sentiments began to rise for a number of reasons. Indians played a prominent role in the British administration and became the target of Burmese nationalists. Racial animosity toward Indians because of their skin-color and appearance also played a role. Meanwhile, the price of rice plummeted during the economic depression of the 1930s. In May 1930, a British firm of stevedores at the port of Rangoon employed Burmese workers in an attempt to break a strike organized by its Indian workers. The clashes soon escalated into large-scale anti-Indian and anti-Muslim riots in the city. Over two hundred Indians were killed and their bodies flung into the river. Within two days the riot spread throughout the country

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M kini: Former finance minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, ‘oil cursed’ Malaysia

M kini: Former finance minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, ‘oil cursed’ Malaysia

Former finance minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah did not mince his words in a stinging speech at the Young Corporate Malaysians Summit today when he described Malaysia as an “oil cursed” country.

“When I started Petronas in 1974, I did not realise I would see the day when I would wish we had not uncovered this bounty,” lamented Razaleigh.

“The oil that was meant to spur our transition to a more humane, educated society has instead become a narcotic that provides economic quick fixes and hollow symbols such as the Petronas Towers.”

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