Deafening silence from Malaysia regarding Myanmar Cyclone?

Deafening silence from Malaysia regarding Myanmar Cyclone?

 

First of all I wish to apologize if I am wrong.

 

If Malaysian Government had already sent the condolence note to Myanmar, I am sorry for writing this.

 

If Malaysian Government, GLCs (government Linked companies), NST, TV3, NTV7, RTM and NGOs (esp. government affiliated) had already started a campaign to help Myanmar, please accept my  apology for wrongly writing this posting.

 

If you all haven’t done anything, it is shame on you.

 

We don’t want a cent from you Kaisu Malaysia!

 

 

We know that we are not Orang Puteh (Whiteman) , no Arab blood and have no Malay-Indonesian blood. We are ALWAYS discriminated in your country.

 

Never mind if you do not wish to recognize the undocumented workers/migrants and asylum seekers.

 

During the great disaster in Myanmar, I hope if Malaysian government could do the followings to help us without spending a cent.

 

Please announce amnesty on all the Myanmar/Burmese undocumented workers/migrants and asylum seekers including those already in the detention camp. (At least if they could work and earn, they could help their families, relatives and friends.)

 

You could put a time limit for example six months to one year.

It is shameful that you are heartless to continue arresting and some of your agents are harassing them daily.

 

Dr San Oo Aung

 

17 Myanmar Illegal Immigrants Held In Kelantan

BERNAMA, RANTAU PANJANG, May 6 (Bernama) — The Anti- Smuggling Unit (UPP) Tuesday arrested 17 Myanmar nationals without valid travel documents in Kampung Kempas, Machang, as they were being smuggled into the country by a syndicate.

Kelantan UPP commander Mazlan Che Hamid said the Myanmar nationals, aged between 16 and 30 years, had been turned over to the Immigration authorities.

He said the van driver, a Malaysian, stopped the vehicle by the roadside and fled after realising that it was being tailed by UPP personnel at 4.30 am.

The UPP personnel had followed the van from Kampung Kedap here, some 40 km from Machang, he said.

— BERNAMA

A Letter from Barack Hussein Obama and half-past-six Burma

A Letter from Barack Hussein Obama

and half-past-six Burma 

  • Originally by_ Dr Azly Rahman
  • I copied from the website of_ DYMM Raja Petra   
  • Based on that core, I have added alot of my remarks and facts about Burma.
  • This is what I will bring to the office of the Presidency of the United States . I will deal with Muslims from a position of familiarity and respect and at this time in the history of our nation that is something sorely needed.

    Even the Burmese opposition leaders and activists wish to maintain the status quo with the excuse of secularism, even refused to allow the Muslims to highlight their sufferings, Racial Discriminations and Religious Suppressions.

    The Muslim heritage of my family

    Barack Hussein Obama

    There has been a lot made in the recent weeks about the Muslim history of my family. Some of the things that have been said are true, others are false, so I am writing this letter to clear up the misunderstandings on this issue.

    Yes, it is true that I have a name that is common amongst Kenyan Muslims where my father came from and that my middle name is Hussein. Barack is a name which means “blessing” and Hussein is a masculine form of the word beauty. 

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The Arakanese Monk’s Burmese Way to Democracy

The Arakanese Monk’s

Burmese Way to Democracy

Copied and republished from Abid Bahar’s comments in Burma Digest
December 20th, 2007 at 3:49 am

Ashin Nayaka a native of Arakan, Burma is a leading member of the International Burmese Monks Organization in USA and a visiting professor, Department of History at Columbia University, New York. Recently he gave testimony to the US senate led by United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. But unknown to the outside world, at home in Arakan he spreads xenophobia among the Rakhines against other ethnic Arakani minority people’s freedom. In a book written by U Shw zan and Dr. Aye Chan,(2005) Rohingya are being demonized as being “Influx Viruses.” Ashin Nayaka in encouraging the above ultra-nationalists wrote in the forward section of the book the following:

“Rohingya movements have been accompanied by certain dangers and challenges, particularly for the Arakan State and beyond.”

Here Asin Nayaka due to his ethnic superiority feelings refused to acknowledge Rohingyas as a people and says “dangers and challenges” should be feared by the Rakhine and the Burmese people. It is to note that Rohingyas are a racially and religiously different group of Burmese people.

About the book “Influx Viruses” he further says:

“I hope this collective contribution will give both a broader understanding of so-called Rohingya issues and practical measures to address challenges of the future. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to both contributors whose scholastic works are credibly expected to give appropriate answers to all…”

In dehumanizing the Rohingyas the authors of the “Influx Viruses” refused to accept the birth right of the Rohingyas and calls the Rohingyas as “Viruses.”

Ashin Nayaka justifies this claim by calling the Rohingyas as the “so-called-Rohingyas.” The “practical measures” he refers had been taken by the ultra-nationalists Rakhines in 2001 to destroy the Rohingya historic sites in Arakan and even before renamed the Rohingya names such as Akyab into Sittwe. And for the army ofcourse the “practical measures” were to exterminate the so-called Rohingya “virus.” It appears that Ashin Nayaka opposes the military rule in Burma but supports the military’s Rohingya extermination policy in Arakan.

Today, there are atleast 700,000 stateless Rohingya people live in Malaysia, Japan and in the Middle East and approximately 200,000 live in Bangladesh.

Surprisingly Ashin Nayaka is an honorable Buddhist Monk who is supposed to be preaching nonviolence. Whereas he keeps his xenophobia and hate in his closet at home in Arakan and pretends to be a great democracy movement Monk leader in abroad deserving a prize on behalf of the Monks of Burma.

As a democracy movement activist recently he said to the US Senate, “We remain steadfast in our commitment to the freedom in our country and the freedom in our own hearts. All these things Americans value and cherish. Freedom for the people of Burma cannot be denied. The cost of that freedom is the only question in Burma,”

This is Ashin Nayaka style of Burmese way to democracy. To him ofcourse human rights is only for its Buddhist majority. Due to such dual roles played by certain Monks as Ashin Nayaka and some ultra-nationalist Arakani intellectuals, like Aye Chan and Aye Kyaw, Rohingya people’s rights of citizenship were being officially denied by the military government. Rohingyas have been suffering genocidal repression inside Arakan state and outside the country sufferes as stateless people.

Remarkably, Ashin Nayaka’s style is a typical Burmese way to democracy by most Arakanese ultra-nationalists: xenophobia at home and great democratic demonstration in abroad. No wonder why the military government has been successful in ruling Burma for such a long time!

  • For dehumanizing the Burmese born Rohingyas,
  • and misrepresenting Buddhism,
  • inciting Rohingya genocide and extermination policy in Arakan,

it is imperative on the genuine democracy movement leaders of Burma to refer the fake democrat like Ashin Nayaka along with his team of ultra-nationalists to the international tribunal.

(Dr. Abid Bahar, a Sociologist and historian of Arakan, during the 80’s wrote his thesis on Ethnic Relations in Burmese society.)

abidbahar@gmail.com

Please look back or review what THE FAKE MONKS LIKE Ashin Nayaka had done on the Burmese Muslims_

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That wasn’t a real protesting by true monks. It was set up by the military Juntas to lodge a wedge between Buddhist and Muslims in Burma.

I was there in Mandalay when that happened. The Buddhist monks sheltered the Muslims in their monestries while other bogus MI monks are destroying the mosques. The whole world and many Burmese citizens know who were the people doing that.

At last 3 agent provocator, Military Intelligent monks were caught by the civilians who were trying to protect their homes and the monks rioting in  the city against Muslims were not the real monks.

They just shaved their heads with the boots underneath the robes, using walki-talkies exclusively used by the Myanmar Tatmadaw and sometimes seen using or ridiong the motorbikes which practice is strictly forbidden by real monks.

Why the people did not join them if that is a clash between Muslims and Buddhists? We all, Buddhists and Muslim friends were still hanging out and helping each other.

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Counting the Disguised Blessings

Counting the Disguised Blessings

Please may you kindly allow me to present some quotations related to this article’s theme because former Prime Minister of Britain, Sir Winston Churchill had said:

“The quotations when engraved upon the memory give good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.”

Failure

 “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life, we get nothing save by effort.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt

Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success. ~ Denis Waitley, Seeds of Greatness

Don’t be afraid of failure; be afraid of petty success. ~ Maude Adams

I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.

~ Anthony Robbins

If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.

~ Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts

He who has never failed somewhere, that man cannot be great. ~ Herman Melville, Moby Dick

I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my career, lost over 300 games. Twenty-six times I took the game-winning shot and missed. ~ Michael Jordan

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay–not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street. ~ John Maxwell

The real mark of your character comes from not how you react to your successes, of which I know there will be many. How you react to your failures, of which there will be, if you are bold, a number in your lifetime. ~ Daniel S. Goldin, MIT Graduation, 6/8/01

“When I was young I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

 

Erase the word “failure” from your vocabulary. No case is ever truly closed, and no challenge is ever over.

~ Mary Lou Retton

I train so hard to make sure failure doesn’t happen. If I do everything I can, and run as fast as I possibly can and someone still beats me, I don’t think of that as failure.

~ Marion Jones

A man’s life is interesting primarily when he had failed – for it’s a sign that he tried to surpass himself. ~ Georges Clemenceau

There is only one kind of failure I cannot tolerate: the failure to risk failure. ~ Richard Marcinko

Failure is usually the line of least persistence. ~ Wilfred Beaver

There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life. ~ Thomas Henry Huxley, On Medical Education

When we begin to take our failures nonseriously, it means we are ceasing o be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves. ~ Katherine Mansfield

Determination

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Where the determination is, the way can be found. ~ George S. Clason

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win. ~ Roger Bannister, IBD, 6/16/04

Great determination can overcome most odds. ~ Aesop’s Fables

I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it. ~ Gale Sayers

I think most about my determination to be born and to claim my place in the world. It is an image of a doer and an activist, never a victim. ~ Harilyn Rousso

A champion is one who gets up when he can’t. ~ Jack Dempsey

When I finally make up my mind that I want to do something, it’s never been hard for me to do. ~ Janet Jackson

You have to fight for the things you want. ~ Jennifer Lopez

I have a woman’s ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves. ~ Margaret Thatcher

Failure will never overtake you if your determination to succeed is strong enough. ~ Og Mandino

Determination

For the resolute and determined there is time and opportunity. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened. ~ Wilma Rudolph

An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men. ~ Thomas Fuller

I had to will my way through that game. Sometimes, it takes more than talent or more than a 95-mile-an-hour fastball. You have to will it. ~ Roger Clemens

I have not yet begun to fight. ~ John Paul Jones

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination. ~ Tommy Lasorda

Have a determination that is strong enough to move walls. ~ Aaron Feuerstein

Disappointment

 “I’ve learned that you’ll never be disappointed if you always keep an eye on uncharted territory, where you’ll be challenged and growing and having fun.” ~ Kirstie Alley

Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom. ~ Bayle Roche

Most of my major disappointments have turned out to be blessings in disguise. So whenever anything bad does happen to me, I kind of sit back and feel, well, if I give this enough time, it’ll turn out that this was good, so I shouldn’t worry about it too much. ~ William Gaines

Disappointments should be cremated, not embalmed. ~ Henry S. Haskings

One’s best success comes after their greatest disappointments. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Many of our disappointments and much of our unhappiness arise from our forming false notions of things and persons. ~ Abigail Adams

Vote for the man who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing. ~ Bernard Baruch

The pleasure of expecting enjoyment is often greater than that of obtaining it, and the completion of almost every wish is found a disappointment. ~ Samuel Johnson

For, he that expects nothing shall not be disappointed, but he that expects much if he lives and uses that in hand day by day shall be full to running over. ~ Edgar Cayce

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. ~ Alexander Pope

Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love. ~ Jane Austen

We know finite disappointment, but we know infinite hope. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

I think life goes through a cycle of losing and refinding yourself all the time. Everyone has disappointments all the time, some of them pretty small, some of them pretty big. ~ Bruce Springsteen

 Doubts

 “Who knows most, doubts most.” ~ Robert Browning

What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt – it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else. ~ Hal Boyle

I am living proof that uncertainty is vastly underrated and often times a blessing in disguise. ~ Tony Shalhoub

When we are not sure, we are alive. ~ Graham Greene

When the mind is in a state of uncertainty, the smallest impulse directs it to either side. ~ Terence

I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards. ~ Alberto Salazar

Where there is doubt, there is freedom. ~ Latin Proverb

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. ~ William Shakespeare, Measure For Measure

It is never worth while to make rents in a garment for the sake of mending them? Nor to create doubts in order to show how cleverly we can quiet them. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. ~ René Descartes

If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own. ~ Johann von Goethe

Doubt is uncomfortable, but certainty is ridiculous. ~ Voltaire

Nothing will ever be attempted is all possible objections must be first overcome. ~ Samuel Johnson

Doubts are more cruel that the worst of truths. ~ Jean Baptiste Molière

Doubt begins only at the last frontiers of what is possible. ~ Giovanni Jacopo Casanova

 Endurance

“Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck– but, most of all, endurance. ~ James Baldwin

Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory. ~ William Barclay

In the darkest hour the soul is replentished and given strength to continue and endure. ~ Heart Warrior Chosa

Yes, as my swift days near their goal, ‘Tis all that I implore: in life and death a chainless soul with courage to endure. ~ Emity Bronte

We all have the strength to endure the misfortunes of others. ~ François de La Rochefoucauld

To struggle when hope is banished!/To live when life’s salt is gone!/To dwell in a dream that’s vanished/To endure, and go calmly on! ~ Ben Jonson

He that can’t endure the bad will not live to see the good. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Endurance is the cure for any pain. ~ Latin Proverb

Endure and save yourselves for happier times. ~ Virgil

He conquers who endures. ~ Persius

Without the strength to endure the crisis, one will not see the opportunity within. It is within the process of endurance that opportunity reveals itself. ~ Chin Ning Chu

I never was content unless I was trying my skill…or testing my endurance. ~ Jim Thorpe

Il faut d’abord durer (First One Must Endure). ~ Ernest Hemingway

Endurance pierces marble. ~ Moroccan Proverb

 Difficulties

  “When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.” ~ Isak Dinesen

It is almost as difficult to keep a first class person in a fourth class job, as it is to keep a fourth class person in a first class job. ~ Paul H. Dunn

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won. ~ Winston Churchill

The difficulties, hardships and trials of life, the obstacles… are positive blessings. They knit the muscles more firmly, and teach self-reliance. ~ William Matthews

Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist. ~ E. W. Howe

If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all. ~ Dan Rather

There are two ways of meeting difficulties. You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them. ~ Phyllis Bottome

It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes. ~ Louis Kossuth

Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health. ~ Carl Gustav Jung

You do not know what life means when all the difficulties are removed! I am simply smothered and sickened with advantages. It is like eating a sweet dessert the first thing in the morning. ~ Jane Addams

Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. ~ Theodore N. Vail

“The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.” ~ Johann von Goethe

Can it be that man is essentially a being who loves to conquer difficulties? The creature whose function is to solve problems? ~ Gorham Munson

My own life has been much more than a fairy tale. I’ve had my share of difficult moments, but whatever difficulties I’ve gone through, I’ve always gotten a prize at the end. ~ Audrey Hepburn

In youth we run into difficulties, in old age difficulties run into us. ~ Josh Billings

Looking back, we see with great clarity, and what once appeared as difficulties now reveal themselves as blessings. ~ Dan Millman

To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity. ~ Samuel Johnson

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. ~ Harry S Truman

You can’t fly a kite unless you go against the wind and have a weight to keep it from turning a somersault. The same with man. No man will succeed unless he is ready to face and overcome difficulties and is prepared to assume responsibilities. ~ William J. H. Boetcker

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one’s liberty. ~ Henri-Frédéric Amiel

“Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time. ~ St. Francis De Sales

For every difficulty that supposedly stops a person from succeeding there are thousands who have had it a lot worse and have succeeded anyway. So can you. ~ Brian Tracy

To get out of a difficulty, one usually must go through it.~ Samuel Easton

Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. ~ Frederic Chopin

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts. ~ Edward R. Murrow

Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it. ~ Rene Descartes

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. ~ William Ellery Channing

Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The lowest ebb is the turn in the tide. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. ~ William E. Channing

Easy is to occupy a place in a telephone book. Difficult is to occupy someone’s heart; know that you’re really loved. ~ Carlos Drummond de Andrade

 Depression

  “Depression can be the sand that makes the pearl.” ~ Joni Mitchell, Woman of Heart & Mind, 2003

The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one’s sympathy the gloom of somebody else. ~ Arnold Bennett

Measure yourself by your best moments, not by your worst. We are too prone to judge ourselves by our moments of despondency and depression. ~ Robert Johnson

It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose your own. ~ Harry S Truman

Planning is an unnatural process; it is much more fun to do something. The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression. ~ John Harvey Jones

Habits of pessimism lead to depression, wither achievement, and undermine physical health. The good news is that pessimism can be unlearned, and that with its removal depression, underachievement, and poor health can be alleviated. ~ Martin Seligman

It is well known that panic, despair, depression, hate, rage, exasperation, frustration all produce negative biochemical changes in the body. ~ Norman Cousins

Happiness and depression cannot blossom on the same vine. Some people affirm their woes and beg for sympathy. Others, unfortunately, cast gloom wherever they go. These poor souls were born sick and tired. ~ Louis Sullivan

No matter what form of depression you may suffer from, love and acceptance are the two essential elements necessary in developing control over your symptoms. ~ Amy Weintraub

“Depression is the feeling of separation from self.” ~ Richard Miller

I cry a lot. My emotions are very close to my surface. I don’t want to hold anything in so it festers and turns into pus – a pustule of emotion that explodes into a festering cesspool of depression. ~ Nicolas Cage

I certainly have a very colorful nature, filled with great highs and great lows… in my early adulthood I probably was grappling with some serious depression issues. ~ Sally Field

There are days—depression is a part of it—when if all you do is get dressed, take a shower and put on your makeup, then it is a good day. Your goals have to be much lower. But if you take one tiny little step, then you can take another and another. ~Deborah Norville

At times of the severest depression, humor is what binds people together. ~ Robert Carlyle

Depression is the common cold of the deluded human being. And according to Buddha, all human beings are quite deluded. ~ Stephen Cope

The weather of Depression is unmodulated, its light a brownout. ~ William Styron, Darkness Visible

Habits of pessimism lead to depression, wither achievement, and undermine physical health. The good news is that pessimism can be unlearned, and that with its removal depression, underachievement, and poor health can be alleviated. ~ Martin Seligman

It’s official: Music lifts depression. Many studies have shown that music has a marked effect on mood and self-esteem. Music is a direct route to the emotional realm. ~ Jonathan G. Zuess, Wisdom of Depression

The lowest ebb is the turn in the tide. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Depression and grief are hatred turned on the self. ~ William Grier

Blessing in Disguise

“When we lose one blessing, another is often, most unexpectedly, given in its place.” ~ C.S. Lewis

“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.” ~ Neil A. Maxwell

The most powerful weapon known is the weapon of blessing. Therefore, a clever person relies on it. He wins with peace, not with war. ~ Lao Tzu

The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we shut our eyes, and, like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it. ~ Seneca

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. ~ George Eliot

May the blessed sunlight shine upon you and warm your heart till it glows like a great fire and strangers may warm themselves as well as friends. And may the light shine out of the eyes of you, like a candle set in the window of a house, bidding the wanderer to come in out of the storm. ~ Traditional Irish Blessing

Enjoy the blessings of this day… for this day only is ours: we are dead to yesterday, and not born to tomorrow. ~ Jeremy Taylor

 Never to suffer would never to have been blessed. ~ Edgar Allen Poe”

Benedetto” means the “blessed one” and I feel that I have truly been blessed. ~ Tony Bennett, The Good Life

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pain, loss, and disappointment. ~ Joseph Addison

For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude. ~ Clarence E. Hodges

 It is vital that people “count their blessings:” to appreciate what they possess without having to undergo its actual loss. ~ Abraham Maslow

“Try claiming God’s blessings instead of merely longing for them.” ~ Henry Jacobsen

What I am looking for is a blessing not in disguise. ~ Kitty O’Meill Collins

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around. ~ Willie Nelson

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~ W. T. Purkiser

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. ~ Charles Dickens

Count your joys instead of your woes/Count your friends instead of your foes. ~ Irish Proverb

Men understand the worth of blessings only when they have lost them. ~ Plautus

You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessings. ~ Andrew Jackson

All blessings are mixed blessings. ~ John Updike

If this is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised. ~ Winston Churchill

 Sometimes the greatest adversities turn out to be the greatest blessings. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

My life is a blessing every day that I get up. God saved my feet. How am I not going to use them? ~ Gail Devers, USA Today

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. ~ Eric Hoffer

How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy. ~ Thomas Jefferson

I feel blessed. So many men and women search and search but never find their passion, their calling, their sense of mission that would ignite their hearts and fill their lives with meaning and joy. ~ Robert Mondavi, Harvests of Joy, 1998

May God’s richest blessings be upon you both today and throughout the year and may those blessings flow through you to touch the lives of everyone you meet. ~ Gary Smalley & John Treat

 Everything that happens is either a blessing, which is also a lesson, or a lesson which is also a blessing. ~ Polly Berrien Berends

  

“All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players.

They have their exits and their entrances,

And one man in his time plays many parts,

His acts being seven ages.”

………Shakespeare —

From As You Like It (II, vii, 139-143)

Shakespeare sees the world as a stage upon which people perform, and their different ages represent different acts and scenes in the play. He remarked that the roles are somewhat beyond the players’ control and that the script for this play has already been written by an eternal power. In Burmese, ‘Ba Wa Zat Saya Alo Kya_Ka Pya Ya Thee’.

But Shakespeare’s plays are too high for the common people or general population. I myself like the folk tales more because they are down to earth and come in various forms. These are verbal records of history, famous incidents in analogy or dreams, inspirations or fantasies of our ancestors trying to pass on their teachings or lessons to their descendants in the more palatable way or like sugar coated pills. But some times we need some thinking to discover the lessons hidden in-side. I am amazed that many of these story tellers could go beyond our wildest imaginations.

I hereby wish to retell one of my favourite stories although I do not know the real source.

Once upon a time, in a far away land there was a handsome warrior king. He was handsome, brave and strong because his ancestor kings are not practicing the custom of marrying only the only amongst royalties, the practice that some ancient kingdoms were following. Most of the princes and kings used to search the most beautiful girls of their country and so they got a lot of beauty genes in their bodies. And this particular king was trained since young in all the 18 royal subjects fit for the kings and princes. So he was not only handsome but healthy and his body was perfect like a body builder.

On a one fateful day, while practicing his fighting skills and techniques with weapons, his left little finger tip was accidentally amputated. The Royal Physicians’ attempts to attach back the severed tip failed but the wound healed quite fast because of his excellent health.

But the king was not happy with his less than perfect physical status and called his long-living-wise-minister for consultation. The wise man replied that it may be the blessing in disguise given by God and advised to accept the fate with the open mind and to go on his life as usual for the sake of the country God had entrusted on him. The King was not pleased with the answer, ‘the amputation of his finger was the blessing from God’ and ordered the Wiseman-cum-minister to banish from his country. Actually he even wished to give death sentence but according to their Royal custom the long-living-wise-ministers were already exempted or got immunity from death sentences.

To overcome his sadness or to divert his attention, other ministers advised the king to go for his usual hunting trip. On that trip the king was accidentally separated from his body guards and hunting friends. He also lost his way and intruded into the wild frontier of ancient tribes who were searching a person to sacrifice at their annual festival. He was arrested and prepared for sacrifice according to that tribe’s traditional pagan belief.

They scheduled to do the sacrifice ceremony on the mid-night of the full moon day. Then as a last minute checkup, the head priest examined the sacrificial human(king) and found out the amputated tip of the little finger. The head priest then angrily decided that the prisoner (king) was not a perfect person, their god would be angry if they proceed with the sacrificial ceremony of beheading.

So the king was released and later he found his way back to his kingdom. Then only he realized and accepted the word of his wise-man, that his amputated injury was a blessing in disguised from God.

Actually the above story is dedicated to all the people of Burma who are disappointed or depressed because of recent extension of detention order to our beloved Daw  Aung San Suu Kyi. This is not the end of the world. According to the unconfirmed news we could deduct that Daw Suu’s refusal to accept the unfair strict restriction on her and NLD could be one of the reason for the breakup of the possible truce ending in the extension of detention.

Not only me but most of the opposition could not trust the SPDC and all of us believed that even if SPDC released Daw Suu it would be a ‘Cat and Mouse game’ if I have to use the last week’s Burma Digest editorial. Yes they had released her few times before but ignored the meaningful dialogue or real negotiation or sincerely started a reconciliatory move for power sharing or transfer the power to the real owner.

They just try to buy time or fool around all the people of Myanmar and the outside world. Ne Win announced the transfer of power to civilians just to please or release the frustration of the disgruntled citizens but end up transferring the real power from his one pocket to another.

SPDC is trying to follow his foot steps but all of us and the whole world already knew their tactics and strategies. SPDC had played the deceit and sham diplomacy by announcing the charade road map to democracy. They had successfully deceived all of us and the whole world to believe that they were negotiating with Daw Suu through disgraced Khin Nyunt and Than Tun. They had played around successful with Mr Razali Ismail, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro and Syed Hamid Alba. We all suspected that they are going to play the buy-time-game with UN Under-Secretary-General Ibrahim Gambari. But the SPDC Generals are foolish enough to stop playing the game by ignoring the wishes of all the citizens, the whole world leaders and UN Secretary General’s request.

This is actually a blessing in disguise for all of us.

If they just try to play around with the cat and mouse game or their famous buy-time-games there are a lot of insincere leaders around the world willing to close one eye on them and open the remaining eye to seek methods or ways to exploit Myanmar. Now no leader of any countries could use any excuse and it is clear that ‘the spade is a spade’.

And another blessing in disguise is stupid SPDC is opening multiple battle fronts to:

Attack NLD

Attack SNLD

Attack Ethnic Minority Shans

Attack Ethnic Minority Karins

Attack Ethnic Minority Kachins

Attack Ethnic Minority Mons

Attack Ethnic Minority Chins etc

Attack Christians

Attack Burmese Muslims

Attack Rohingyas

Attack all mixed blooded people

Attack rebels at borders

Attack peace agreement signed rebels

Attack all the people of Myanmar/Burma in all possible ways

Attack ASEAN, UN, US, EU, ILO, ICICR, UNHCR, Amnesty International and etc.

We started our Independence struggle with ‘Ingaleik ah khet_Bama ah chet’ Now SPDC is jumping into the fire from the frying pen. This is the TIME to START our revolution with the new slogan, ‘SPDC’s ah khet_Bama ah chet’

Dr Salai Tun Than had raised our stake in the revolution by declaring to sacrifice and calling for a civil disobedience. Last week Shwe Ba had proposed to start a ‘showing-of-our-hatred-to-SPDC campaign.

If you have never experienced

the danger of battle,

the loneliness of imprisonment,

the agony of torture or

the pangs of starvation,

you are ahead of 20 million people

around the world.

If you attend a religious meeting

without fear of harassment,

arrest, torture, or death,

you are more blessed than almost

three billion people in the world.

If you have food in your refrigerator or kitchen capboard (Kyaung Ain),

clothes on your back, a roof over

your head and a place to sleep,

you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you can read this message,

you are more blessed than over

two billion people in the world

that cannot read anything at all.

(Anonymous)

So there are a lot of blessings, some obvious, some we just take for granted and some disguised as failures or set backs. Don’t give up, count all the blessings and raise our struggle efforts to topple SPDC. The time has come.

We could one day crown the democracy tiara on Daw Suu. She is the spear head of our struggle. Ah Yay Daw Pone Aung Ya Myee!

BO AUNG DIN 

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Comments

Alison Winter said _

Thank you Bo Aung Din and Burma Digest for this fantastic article!