There was once a country called Myanmar…

There was once a country called Myanmar…

Once there was a prosperous, advanced and democratic country called Burma.  A dozen of years after independence the political leaders of Burma are divided and wasted time fighting each other and the ruling party won the election by using the Religious card, promising the declaring of Buddhism as its official religion. Most of the Christian Ethnic minority groups, Burmese Muslims and Rohingya Muslims opposed the act.

Burmese Military chief General Ne Win became ambitious and staged a Coup d‘état to take over power twice. After the 8888 people’s revolution they staged another shameful coup with the excuse of controlling the country and promised the Democratic multiparty election. But after losing the 1990 General Election to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi led NLD, they refused to transfer power and shamelessly controlling the Myanmar (they illegally changed the country’s name, Burma.)

They persuaded and cajoled the various armed rebels to join them. This new country became Myanmar. In the fight for independence from the British, the ideal was democracy, equality and justice for all the race and religious groups of Burma.

Just after Independence, the Burmese dominant in Burma immediately found themselves, strangely enough, in the minority player in the new Burma. While the Burmese Military engaged in the endless civil war, they found out that the Indians and Chinese were dominating he economy,  Anglo-Burmans and Indians occupied most of the places in the civil service, Christian Karen Generals at the top of the military. This dented their pride and honor. Democracy in the form of one-man-one-vote was not such a good thing after all. So they purged all of them ruthlessly. Nationalized all the business and de-monitized the big currency notes without compensation.

Six decades after independence, the Burmese Buddhist military went about changing the way the country was governed. The civil service became 90 percent Burmese Buddhist; the armed forces became almost completely Burmese Buddhist; police personnel were all Burmese Buddhist. The banking and financial houses, the plantations industry, agriculture, shipping, mining, petroleum, fishing were all either dominated or controlled by Burmese Buddhist military.

All the schools and universities came under the control of the government and began to adopt practices and rituals that had nothing to do with education. In the hands of the state, the whole system was turned into a tool for dominance and control.

All this was done in the name of democracy. Not the Westminster type of democracy, but the ‘guided-democracy’ where the Burmese Buddhist military were always right.

Slowly, good people uprooted themselves and moved away. Mediocrity ruled the country. Highways began to crack, bridges were swept away, whole buildings collapsed, hill slopes gave way as trees were felled and sold off and floods become common.

There were signs that the whole experiment was going to fail. Schools that did not educate, the police did cannot prevent crimes, multi-million ringgit hospitals with non-operational operating theatres collapsed and cafeterias leaked.

It became trason for ‘others’ to point out the faults of the Military General  ‘bosses’. And it was treachery for the enlightened ex-military men to tell on the transgressions of the present Generals or bosses of Myanmar.

Corruption became rife and permeated to every level of the social fabric.

The peoples’ attention were diverted. Non-issues became issues and small issues became national crises.

In the year 2011, after a roaring inflation, massive unemployment and raging religious and racial discord, civil war broke out. It dragged on for seven years until the whole country was destroyed.

Neighboring countries saw opportunities to assert their old, real and imagined, grievances.

And so it came to pass that Myanmar today is no more.

Thailand has added to its territory the three Shan States; China has a new autonomous region  province called Greater Tibet by annexing Kachin and part of Chin states; India has merged with Rakhine and part of Chin States to become the Greater East India autonomous region. Thailand had also taken over the Mon, Karen and Taninthari States to form an autonomous territory under the Kingdom of Thailand called the Maha Ligor Sultanate, comprising of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat.

The remaining central Myanmar, Mandalay, Sagaing, Mague, Pegu and Nay Pyidaw remains united to for a new country, Nay Pyidaw Thit under Burmese rule.

Taken the Malaysian’s letter in MKini, modified and adapted into Myanmar political scenario 


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