ASEAN LEADERS ARE BARKING AT THE WRONG TREE WITH THE WRONG CAUSE AND WRONG OBJECTIVE

ASEAN LEADERS ARE BARKING AT THE WRONG TREE 

WITH THE WRONG CAUSE AND WRONG OBJECTIVE

 

ASEAN leaders are complaining about the convenient way to solve the Rohingya problem.

But for the Rohingyas or Burmese Muslims or Christian Chins/Karens/Kachins and Buddhist Mons/Shans/Burmese etc AND the NLDS  and political opponents and armed rebel groups_

Whether the SPDC would accept them back is not their main concern. What is the consequences after repatriation is their only problem.

Jailed? Tortured? Is the main concern for all but ‘Village arrest’ (for Rohingyas only) is the problem.

No democracy, no Human Rights, no political life, no respect for the Rights of religious minorities and Ethnic minorities is their main concern.

But the lack of development, economic problems back home are the most important fact for all of them.

There is no clear cut line to DEFINE OR CATEGORIZE THEM INTO POLITICAL OR ECONOMIC MIGRANTS. 

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STOP HATRED, STOP TRYING TO DIVIDE; FOR A LONG LASTING PEACE, PROGRESS, AND PROSPERITY

 

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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

DSAI would become PM before this Christmas

DSAI would become PM before this Christmas

Malaysiakini (AFP), “I’ll be PM in three years”, says Anwar

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today confidently predicted he would be prime minister within three years, sketching out the first rough timetable for his dramatic political comeback.

“I don’t think we have established a definite clear time-frame when I will take over (as prime minister) but it certainly wouldn’t reach three years … much earlier than that,” the former deputy premier told AFP.

“(But) I am not in a rush,” he added.

anwar ibrahim april 14 kg baru event 150408Anwar, heir-apparent to long-time former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad before being sacked and jailed a decade ago, has emerged as a serious threat to the ruling coalition after the opposition’s strong showing in parliamentary polls.

He became free to run for office again last week, when a five-year ban stemming from his corruption conviction expired, and claims he has the support of enough defectors to topple the government.

The Barisan Nasional coalition has ruled Malaysia for more than half-a-century since the former colony gained independence from Britain but has been rocked by its unprecedented electoral setback in March.

The Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance claimed more than a third of parliamentary seats and five states in the polls, putting Mahathir’s successor, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, under heavy pressure.

Anwar, 60, pledged more effective governance and to wipe out corruption and promote racial equality, addressing some of the public’s major concerns.

“Our reform programme will certainly be more secure. We will push for a market economy, judicial independence and equality for all Malaysians,” he said.

Ready to cross-over

Anwar also repeated his claim that lawmakers from Sabah and Sarawak states had indicated interest in defecting from the ruling coalition to the opposition. He spoke to AFP at Kuala Lumpur airport on his way to Sabah.

“Lawmakers in the two states in Borneo island have approached me about switching sides, but so far none has declared their intentions publicly,” he said.

Analysts have backed Anwar’s statement he has enough support to rule, saying turmoil in the ruling coalition could hasten an exodus of lawmakers and propel him to power.

Prime Minister Abdullah is facing growing demands to quit, but has defiantly claimed a mandate to rule and refused to discuss a succession plan.

Anwar had previously been expected to re-enter parliament quickly through a by-election in one of the seats held by his PKR party, but says he is in no hurry to act and will instead focus on building up the opposition.

Some 20,000 supporters attended Anwar’s rally last week. The opposition leader was released in 2004 after spending six years in jail.

-AFP 

UPDATE: Dear readers, I had changed the real heading in the various reports esp the AFP’s THREE YEARS to _DSAI would become PM before this Christmas.

This morning I read the news in Star Online_

Thursday April 24, 2008, by By MUGUNTAN VANAR

Anwar: We have the numbers,

however, we’re in no rush to replace Barisan

KOTA KINABALU: The Opposition coalition of Pakatan Rakyat is in a position to form the federal government and it will be done no later than Malaysia Day which falls on Sept 16, claimed Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Repeating that they have the numbers and were in no rush to replace Barisan Nasional, the former deputy prime minister said yesterday that it would all be in the timing of the announcement.

“God willing, we will be there.

  • If not next month,
  • the following month,
  • then if not June
  • or July, (it will be) on Merdeka (Aug 31)
  • or Malaysia Day.
  • I think we should not go beyond that,”

he told reporters on arrival in Sabah.

As to when exactly the announcement will be made, Anwar said discussions with the Pakatan parties were needed because Umno and Barisan were known to be rough on those intending to move.

“They are using threats and intimidation. I am for example being monitored more closely now,” said Anwar, adding that he would not be discussing with the Barisan MPs interested to move while he was in Sabah and Sarawak.

He said he has his way of discussing with Barisan MPs who have given their commitment to team up with Pakatan.

“My discussions could be done in Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong although it might sound like a joke,” added Anwar, who thanked the Barisan MPs for their commitment to cross over. He said Pakatan was ready to take in political parties from Barisan if they subscribed to the Opposition coalition agenda for the country.

On Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman’s claim that all state leaders were loyal to Barisan, Anwar said: “He (Musa) must know that he does not have all the members he claims to hold now. If he wants to know, I can meet him privately and tell him.”

He said Sabah and Sarawak MPs were keeping the Barisan afloat but were saddened that they were not given due recognition by Umno, which was dictating terms from Kuala Lumpur.

Anwar said he was not making offers of any monetary kind or of personal positions for anyone crossing over as claimed by Barisan but was here to assure PKR’s commitment to Sabahans in addressing issues ranging from higher royalty to problems of illegal immigrants.

Anwar later spoke to a gathering at a ceramah held at the Hongkod Koissan cultural hall here and is scheduled to fly to Sarawak today.

 

Selfishness leads to search and hit the softspots

 Selfishness leads to search and hit the softspots

“Think of national interests”, Suaram told by

unjust leader from the Justice Party

On the protest voiced by Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) on the Selangor-levy plan, he said local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like Suaram must place priority on national interests and not champion universal human rights and attack the state government for looking after its residents in their own homeland.

Yes, do not champion universal human rights but just look at your party’s name.

Do you stupidly still think that  your party is established for justice to DSAI alone? BUT not for the UNIVERSAL JUSTICE?

Dear DSAI and Datin Seri Dr Wan Aziza, please give an intensive course on Democracy, Human Rights, Justice, Rule of Law, UN Human Right Decleration on this shortsighted person.

If not this MB is morbidly suffering from Myopic astigmatism, a condition in which his eye is affected with myopia (Shortsightedness) in one meridian only: that is on foreigners.

He will later start an anti-Foreigner campaigns_

Now he said foreigners took the work of locals and buy the houses.

Soon he will propose to shut down the Kelang Port to stop exporting goods and petroleum so that Malaysian citizens could enjoy the surplus, unsold, exports. Sure, commodity prices would go down because of unsold, un-exported goods.

Soon he would stop all foreign tourists from entering Selangor to reduce traffic congestion and to give more hotel rooms available to local tourists. Hotel room rates would go down up to the level affordable to all the Malaysian citizens.

Soon he would stop all foreign direct investment to give more opportunity to the locals.

Selfish politicians like him would never think globally.

Selfish politicians usually use national interests as a smokeshield to disguise their cruel deeds.

Selfish and weak politicians always try to exploit or hit the soft spots. Khalid dare not exploit on Malaysian old pendatangs so he is looking the blood of fresh pendatangs.

(Sorry Malaysian Chinese and Malaysian Indians for using this insulting words. I myself was labled like that in my own country and here we all are treated unfairly and unjustly as 10th. Grade foreigners amongst fresh pendatangs)

Selfish politicians always use the (Ultra) Nationalistic sentiments to incite or exploit against Foreigners.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim should be controlled by DSAI and Datin Seri Dr Wan Aziza.

Justice Party (I hope Justice for all and not for selected races and citizens only) leader, new Chief Minister Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said foreign workers living and working in Selangor enjoyed all the state’s infrastructure, like good schools, health facilities and roads and the state was just calling for them contribute something in return.

I sensed a déjà vu phenomena while reading Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s words_

Former PM Tun Mahathier had also reported to utter these words as a lame excuse when he imposed increased medical fees for the foreigners.

  • Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim  is ignorant that legal foreign workers’ children are not allowed at all in any government schools!
  • Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim  is ignorant that the government had built 3000 schools only for the illegal immigrants from Indonesia. (According to NST front page news and photograph of a school)

Even PR holders are denied the good faculties in Public or Government Universities nowadays.

  • Local students are subsidized using part of our levies and income-taxes.
  • Even in the expensive private universities, locals are supported using the foreigners’ levies and income-taxes.
  • Adding salt to that do you know that we need to pay  more then locals? And one idiot is asking to charge more on foreigners in the local universities. Is this the Justice?

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim should open his eyes and fight for that injustices and then I am sure the foreign workers would be willing to pay even hundred times more than he proposed.

He is ignorant that Government health facilities always charge THREE TIMES first clast fees to the foreigners while keeping them in the Third Class.

  • He should fight to charge same rate as locals at hospitals if he wish to charge again in his state.
  • He came from Justice party: after charging those levies (when the locals earning the same salary are usually exempted from paying income-tax because of low earning.)
  • Afterall those foreign workers are working for your country, your countrymen’s companies that your citizens owned at least 30% and for your citizens. Where is “Justice” if the workers your citizens employed are forced to pay extra charges or sometimes denied medical treatment?

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim  should be banned from claiming that he is from Justice Party if he continue to deny justice for all.

Using state Roads?

  • Foreigners also pay income-tax or levies.

  • Even if they use the taxis or busses, they paid the fees that is inclusive of all the Road Tax, Import Duty, Sales Tax, AP Fees, Tool fees etc.
  • If the Foreigners buy cars are they exempted from above?

So don’t give lame excuses Tun and Tan Seri, this is your country and State. If you want to discriminate on poor foreign workers, just do whatever you like. But don’t give those lame silly excuses. Just Hit the Soft Spots!” It is safer than exploiting the same citizens.

By the way, your “zero tolerance on squatters” is also targetting the poor. 

Please read the following news_

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim in the Star Online news 

BANTING: Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) should take a more national approach to foreign worker issues and not attack the state government, says Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

Khalid said the state government’s proposal to collect RM9 monthly from all migrant workers in the state was aimed at setting up a fund to help provide re-training for local unemployed youths so they could land better jobs.

He said foreign workers living and working in Selangor enjoyed all the state’s infrastructure, like good schools, health facilities and roads and the state was just calling for them contribute something in return.

Well done: Khalid, you have darken your party and opposition.

“Suaram feels that bringing in foreign workers is one of the solutions to human rights problems but they should understand we have to help our own people, too.

“This is a democracy, so we can open up and discuss the matter,” he told reporters after officiating at the closing ceremony of the training for local authorities’ enforcement officers at the Selangor Enforcement Training Centre (Pulapes) in Jugra here yesterday.

On Monday, Suaram executive director Yap Swee Seng hit out at the state government’s proposal, calling it unjust as foreign workers received low wages and were often exploited by employers or recruitment agencies with non-payment, unjust deduction of salary, long working hours and unfair dismissals.

He added that migrant workers were barely surviving and probably in debt after paying exorbitant fees to come to work in Malaysia.

Khalid meanwhile said the RM4,000 in levy and agency charges migrant workers paid was too large a sum, and the state planned to call on the Federal Government to reduce the amount.

He also proposed that a centralised information system be set up to keep an accurate record of foreign workers in the state.

“I was among the people involved in the corporatisation of the system for foreign workers and I can show ways to keep tabs on even the illegal workers,” he said.

Khalid also said the Federal Government should not cast aside suggestions just because they came from opposition parties and should accept the good

“We want to show the federal government how to keep records on illegal workers (Have you use illegals in your old palmoil company?) by having the state levy. I will set up a centralised information system to keep correct records on those who come and work in the state,” he said.

Abdul Khalid said the RM3,000 to RM4,000 charged by migrant worker agencies was high and that for the Selangor government this was not reasonable.

(Then you have heart to extort extra RM 9.00, that will definitely pass onto the poor workers.)

(Have your old company pay the levies for your workers.  Afterall Tun said that levies were meant to made the employers expensive to hire foreigners but Tun and all of you close your eyes and look other way round when the poor foreign workers have to pay those money.)

If you are man enough demand part of the levies to be paid to state governments from the immigration or MOF.

He said millions of ringgit were paid by foreign workers to recruiting agencies that brought them to the country and the Malaysian government collected a levy but eventually the agents concerned did not know where the workers were and this “flood of foreign workers” created problems for society.

Although migrant workers, especially the illegal ones, were eventually repatriated by the government, the problem did not seem to end as they returned to the country and the ones who benefited were the travel agents and migrant workers recruitment agencies, Abdul Khalid said.
 

See this great Malaysiakini news,

  1. Permas: New MB’s statements ‘chilling’ by Soon Li Tsin 

The community residents’ association of Selangor and Federal Territory (Permas) is disappointed with Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim’s decision to continue with the ‘zero squatters’ policy.   

Opposition leader Wan Azizah unveils bold agenda

The nation’s first female parliamentary opposition leader, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, today unveiled an ambitious agenda to boost economic growth and fight corruption.

Access to equal opportunities

Strengthening race relations

Withdraw Monthly Fee

on Migrant Workers

Wednesday, 26 March 2008 
Suaram is deeply disturbed with the plan of the Selangor state government to collect RM10 monthly fee from all migrant workers in the state of Selangor. The new policy was announced by the Chief Minister of the newly formed Selangor state government, Khalid Ibrahim recently during a press interview with Chinese press.

According to the Chief Minister, the money collected will be used for the purpose of setting up a re-training fund for unemployed youths. It aims to equip them with more skills and in a long run reduce the reliance on migrant workers. 

The migrant workers community is

  • one of the most exploited
  • and most marginalized groups in the society.
  • They work in conditions described as 3-Ds – dirty, demeaning and dangerous,
  • and theirs are jobs which the locals shun off.
  • They receive low wages
  • and are often exploited by employers
  • or recruitment agencies for non-payment,
  • unjust deduction of salary,
  • long working hours,
  • unfair dismissal etc.

By taxing the migrant workers

  • who are barely surviving
  • and probably in debt in order to pay the exorbitant fees to come to work in Malaysia ,
  • an extra heavy burden is added on the migrant workers and their families.

And to use the money collected from the migrant workers to re-train local unemployed youth and eventually replace the migrant workers, is scandalous, to say the least.

Even if the monthly fee is to be paid by the employer and not the migrant workers, we are concerned that eventually this fee will be deducted from the migrant worker’s wages one way or another.

The new policy reflects how unsensitized Malaysian political parties,

  • be they in the opposition

  • or the government,

are to the plight of migrant workers.

The Parti Rakyat Keadilan (PKR) has espoused the principle of justice and won a huge victory with the pledge to the people to fight against the widening income gap between the “have” and the “have-nots”.

Certainly, taxing the poor migrant workers to assist local unemployed youth, do not measure up to the principle and spirit of justice.

Suaram calls on Chief Minister Khalid Ibrahim to immediately withdraw this unjust policy. We also urge the Chief Minister to consult civil society organizations who are working on migrant workers issues before making any policy decisions in the future.

Yap Swee Seng
Executive Director

 

 

Boycott China Olympics in support of Tibet

Boycott China Olympics

in support of Tibet

Copied part of CNN politics*com, Cafferty File, Jack’s blog
ALT TEXT
A burning car sits on a street in the Tibetan capital Lhasa after violent protests broke out on March 14, 2008. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

Dalai Lama 'to resign' if violence worsens

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said China’s response to the protests in Tibet has been restrained.

  

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Pedestrians walk past shops damaged by fire in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. 

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A video image of Chinese police carrying out door-to-door searches in Lhasa. 

FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:

China has been hoping to boost its image in the eyes of the world as it gets ready to host the Summer Olympics in Beijing, but the Chinese government’s crackdown on protesters in Tibet is not helping.

What began a week ago as mostly peaceful protests by monks has spiraled into violent clashes, with Tibetans attacking the Chinese and burning their businesses. The Chinese government is now vowing to protect its territory and issued a midnight deadline that’s now passed for protesters to either surrender or face harsh consequences.

There are reports of Chinese authorities parading handcuffed Tibetan prisoners in the capital of Lhasa. Chinese police are going house-to-house checking id cards and residence permits. The Chinese government puts the death toll at 16, with dozens injured. But the Dalai Lama’s exiled government says 80 people have been killed.

Meanwhile, the protests that started in Tibet have spilled into three neighboring provinces and even to Beijing. And sympathy protests are also going on around the world.

China insists the violence won’t harm the upcoming Olympic games. The U.S. has called on China to show restraint.

However, it’s getting support from who else but Russia – another beacon of human rights. The Russian government says it hopes China will take “all necessary measures to stop illegal actions.” It adds that any efforts to boycott the Olympics are “unacceptable.”

Olympic officials also say they are opposed to a boycott because of the violence in Tibet.

Here’s my question to you: Should countries boycott the Olympic Games in light of China’s crackdown on protesters in Tibet?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

 

Jeff from Carmel, New York writes:
It’s a travesty. We stomp around the world fighting for freedom except when the offender is someone like China, whose money we desperately need. The world should rise up and boycott everything Chinese until the people of Tibet regain their freedom. These are the most peaceful people on earth; they should be role models for all of us. They deserve better.

Terry writes:
I remember in 6th grade participating in a school debate over boycotting the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. I supported that boycott, but today’s world is different, as is my opinion. Go to China, enjoy the games, and take your digital cameras. The citizens will be putting on a display for you. Send your pictures to CNN. Don’t get caught. Sunshine in China may be the best thing to happen to them. If you want to boycott something to really hurt China, stay out of Wal-Mart.

Brian from Redondo Beach, California writes:
Yes, boycott. China reminds one of Germany in the 30s. Will our people be safe there? And will the judging be fair even if we do attend? Hit them economically, which is what a boycott would accomplish.

James from Canada writes:
Given Guantanamo, rendition, Abu Ghraib, waterboarding, etc., the U.S. is hardly in any position to lead a human rights boycott of the Olympics.

Krake writes:
Boycotting will be a late and inadequate reaction. Allowing China to have the Olympics was the big mistake, especially since it was already known that the Chinese government is a human rights abuser and cruel regime. The violence in Tibet simply highlights what was already known.

Troy writes:
I would rather see our athletes wear “Free Tibet” T-shirts in Beijing during the opening ceremony. Oh Mao goodness.

Filed under: Beijing Olympics • China • Tibet

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Don’t cry for me grandpa, Minister Mentor

Don’t cry for me grandpa, Minister Mentor

  

There is a Burmese saying_

Kyaw poo dar_khan naing thee

Naar poo dar_ma khan naing”.

  • Most of the peaple could bear the heat on the back of the body (prefer to work hard even under the sun)
  • but could not stand the (heat/ pressure) in the ears (read: brain / stress / undue pressure from the boss).

Some of us could prefer to work hard but could not stand the mental torture, pressure, or stress.

Yes! Even our Prophet (PBUH) had taught us_

If you do not want to donate to a beggar, use polite words to apologize.

But never insult the beggar even after you donated a large some of money.

Getting / money or not is far less important than getting an insult.

Money goes into the pocket only but the insult goes deep into our hearts.

So feeding the human’s mental ego is sometimes more important than just feeding the mouths.

Successive Burmese Governments used to discriminate us as foreigners, migrants, mixed blooded persons, Kalas (Migrant Indians/Indians), Kala Dein (Indian descendent)  and “Mi Ma Sit_Pha Ma Sit”. (The words meaning Bastards used by the the Burmese Chinese General Ne Win on Burmese Muslims. I think he never look at his own BASTARD FACE in the mirror!)

Most of us emigrated (migrated out) and left Myanmar not because of economic reason. As the professionals we could earn enough to stay in upper-middle strata in Myanmar and could earn some respect not only from the non-Muslims but from the Monks and even from the Military authorities. We just hate the unfair general discrimination on our race and religion. (As all the Military leaders are corrupt, we could even do anything in Myanmar after paying bribes. If the payment is good enough we could even get their daughter’s hands.)

Once the governments could fulfill (actually all the government leaders wrongly thought like that! They think they had done favours on their on citizens but actually the people are the masters of the governments. Although the governments’ policy and guidance  are important, it is the people who really works hard to achieve every thing for the country. And the give the salaries, of cause from their tax money, to those political leaders.) the physical and psycological needs of its citizens_

Food, shelter, clothing, employment is important but should understand that they also should take care of their social, mental and psycological needs.

SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT FAILS BECAUSE OF THAT FAILURE>

Just read the following article.

Don’t cry for me grandpa Lee,

Goodbye and thank you

Excerpts from article by SEAH CHIANG NEE.  Singapore’s emigration rate, one of the highest in the world on a per capita basis, is a blow to the government.

YEARS of strong economic growth have failed to stem Singapore’s skilled youths from leaving for a better life abroad, with the number topping 1,000 a year. 

This works out to 4%-5%, or three in 10, of the highly educated population, a severe brain drain for a small, young nation, according to Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew. 

Such high-end emigration is usually associated with less better-off countries where living conditions are poor. Here the opposite is the case. 

The future doesn’t look better, either, despite Lee holding out promises of “a golden period” in the next five to 10 years. 

The emigration rate, one of the highest in the world on a per capita basis, is a blow to the government, particularly to Lee, who takes pride in building up this once poor squatter colony into a glittering global city. 

They are people who abandoned their citizenship for a foreign one, mostly in Australia, the United States and Canada. 

The emigrants, mostly professionals, don’t leave Singapore out of poverty but to seek a better, less pressurised life.  

Lee recently said the brain drain is touching close to this family. 

Lee’s grandson, the elder son of Prime Minister Hsien Loong, who is studying in the United States, has indicated that he may not return.  

Over the years, the children of several Cabinet ministers have also made Britain or the US their home.  

Lee, aged 84, has often spoken on the issue with emotions, once tearing when referring to the losses.  

However, he has offered no reasons for the exodus beyond economic opportunities, although the government more or less knows what they are.  

Singaporeans who have or are planning to emigrate are given a host of 10 questions and asked to tick the three most important ones. They include the following: –  

> High costs of living 

> Singapore is too regulated and stifling 

> Better career and prospects overseas 

> Prefer a more relaxed lifestyle 

> Uncertain future of Singapore. 

Some liberal Singaporeans believe Lee himself, with his authoritarian leadership and unpopular policies, is largely to blame.  

Singapore’s best-known writer Catherine Lim calls it a climate of fear that stops citizens from speaking out against the government.

Globalisation, which offers opportunities in many countries like never before, is a big reason for the outflow.  

Many countries, including populous China, are making a special effort to attract foreign talent. 

Others who leave were worried about the future of their children living in a small island, and look for security and comfort of a larger country. 

The exodus is more than made up – at least in numbers – by a larger intake of professionals from China and India. 

“The trouble is many of the Chinese then use us as a stepping stone to go to America, where the grass is greener, Lee said. 

Some feel the large presence of foreigners, and the perks they enjoy over locals in military exemption as well as in scholarships, are themselves strong push factors.  

They see the foreigners as a threat to jobs and space, undermining salaries and loosening the nation’s cohesion. 

“I just feel very sad to see the Singapore of today with so many talented, passionate Singaporeans moving out and being replaced by many foreigners,” said one blogger. “I feel sorry for the future.” (Me too, for Myanmar.)

Lee recently made a passionate appeal to youths to think hard about their country. He said they had received education and opportunities provided by Singaporeans who had worked hard for it. 

“Can you in good conscience say, ‘Goodbye! Thank you very much?’ Can you leave with a clear conscience? I cannot,” he said.  

But many Burmese just need to say this even although they could not get the same kind of welcome from their host countries. Some need to work illegally, some as refugees and many professionals have to do the manual works. So you Singaporeans are luckier than us. Just leave the old grandpa enjoy his own great authority on new comers, or new immigrants.

 

 

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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Rangoon University Students Union

Rangoon University Students Union

RUSU

The political movement and the struggle for national liberation have a unique character in Burma as the students were always seen as the mobilizing force at the forefront of the struggle for freedom of Burma. The student movement is inseparable from the historic struggle for Burma’s independence from both colonial power and dictatorship.

Dr U Nyo had donated the Rangoon University Students Union building where students with the nationalistic spirit used to gather. Union building was finished before the start of 1931 summer holidays. Rangoon University and Yudathan College students gathered in that building for the first time and had a combined meeting. In that meeting they formed a protean committee for the drawing up of the constitution for the Students Union.

Ko Rashid led 9 member committee and that meeting decided_

  1. Students to vote and elect the committee members.
  2. To draw the University Students Union constitution.
  3. Discuss how to elect and choose the committee members.
  4. At that meeting temporary working committee was organized to supervise and hold an election for the Union Chairman and Committee Members.

Once the 1931-32 university semesters started, protean committee members had already finished the constitution.  The constitution, rules and regulations were also distributed to the Union members. Protean committee members called the union students a meeting at the upstairs hall in the union building and discussed about the election for the chairman post.

At that time, Ko Htun Sein had resigned from the Maths Department and was reading first year Law. Because of Ko Htun Sein’s outspokenness, courage, nationalistic spirit and great ambition, Thakhin Ba Sein wrote a proposal letter, nominating Ko Htun Sein for the Union Chairman post.  

Election Committee announced the election date and fixed to be held only in the next month. No one was nominated to compete with Ko Htun Sein for many days. University authority (Professor) ? D J Slorce’s crony students nominated Ko Ein, a Burmese Chinese, later became Galone U Saw’s minister (U Saw was the person who assassinated General Aung San)  to compete with Ko Htun Sein.

Therefore that election became the first in the history of the Student’s Union to be contested for the Chairman post. The University Students’ Union was ready in the University compound and became the centre of Nationalist movement of students. (That building was dynamited by General Ne Win)

Ko Htun Sein and Ko Ein’s supporters campaign very hard for them. Ko Ein’s supporters campaigned extreme methods such as mixing politics with religion. Just because Ko Htun Sein was a Muslim, they used religion to rundown Ko Htun Sein.

Even those disliked Ko Ein and defended Ko Htun Sein could not stand the attacks using religion and at last had to change camps to support Ko Ein.

During the election the religious extremists voted for Ko Ein. Crony students of the university authorities also voted for Ko Ein.

The election was quite active. The votes were counted thoroughly and finished at 11 PM.

Then the Election Committee Chairman Ko Kyaw Khin announced_

“Dear University Union Students, when the Election Committee members counted the votes, there is tie of votes. As the two candidates got the equal number of votes, the Election Committee members now have the duty or burden to   choose or elect the Chairman post. According to the Union’s Constitution, if the tally of vote is a tie, the Chairman of the Election Committee is allowed to vote to decide the outcome. If there is any protest or complaint of unfairness during the voting process, we could hold a new pooling to vote again. As the Chairman, I do not wish to decide in haste.  I wish to discuss seriously and thoroughly with all the Election Committee Members. I am telling this to make this election process fair and square.

Allow me to defer from making the decision tonight and kindly let me to give decision by casting my vote tomorrow morning at 8-00 A.M.” Once announce that decision only, Union members went back. 

References:

  1. Dr. Myint Swe’s article, “Rangoon University Students Union first Chairman Ko Htun Sein.”
  2. Pathi Ko Ko Lay, “History of Myanmar Muslims.”
  3. Smart Time Journal, volume (1) serial (5), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Oh Sansara ! This short period of happiness is followed by sad events and news

Oh Sansara !

This short period of happiness

is followed by sad events and news

Congratulations

 

Note for other readers, the following paragraph may be a big puzzle for all of you because it is meant as a message for my comrades. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Congratulations M&H for the releasing of the latest version of your series MH 4.4 (F) 0n 13 th Feb 2008

May I take this opportunity to wish many happy returns for_

SM, you got this 4.4 as someone to celebrate together.

I hope we would not forget that Bogyoke Aung San was born today.

Sir Done’s Paris Hilton  for yesterday.

Mrs Saphire Mone for next week event.

Future Dr House, (God willing) for another week event.

 Dear Nan TT for tomorrow Valentine’s Day.

We are sad to say but I hope M&H Corporation (S/Bhd) would be kind enough to provide all of us this MH 4.4 (F) as a replacement for the unfortunate 4/4 version.

Others born today_

1728 – John Hunter, Scottish surgeon (d. 1793) 

1974 – Robbie Williams, English singer

Others born  in February_

1st Feb 1901 Clark Gable
1st Feb 1931 Boris Yeltsin
1st Feb 1968 Lisa Marie Presley
2nd Feb 1944 Sir Andrew Davies
2nd Feb 1944 Geoffrey Hughes
2nd Feb 1947 Farah Fawcett
4th Feb 1902 Charles Lindberg
4th Feb 1915 Sir Norman Wisdom
4th Feb 1948 Alice Cooper
5th Feb 1952 Russell Grant
5th Feb 1962 Jennifer Jason Leigh
6th Feb 1665 Queen Anne of England
6th Feb 1924 Billy Wright
6th Feb 1911 Ronald Reagan
6th Feb 1919 Zsa Zsa Gabor
7th Feb 1812 Charles Dickens
8th Feb 1828 Jules Verne
8th Feb 1931 James Dean
8th Feb 1932 John Williams
9th Feb 1942 Carole King
9th Feb 1942 Ben E King
11th Feb 1917 Sidney Sheldon
11th Feb 1936 Burt Reynolds
11th Feb 1962 Sheryl Crow
11th Feb 1969 Jennifer Aniston
12th Feb 1809 Abraham Lincoln 13th Feb 1849 Lord Randolph Churchill
13th Feb 1938 Oliver Reed
13th Feb 1915 Lyle Bettger
13th Feb 1942 Peter Tork
13th Feb 1944 Stockard Channing
13th Feb 1944 Jerry Springer
13th Feb 1950 Peter Gabriel
13th Feb 1974 Robbie Williams
15th Feb 1907 Cesar Romero
15th Feb 1950 John Adams
16th Feb 1959 John McEnroe 17th Feb 1914 Arthur Kennedy 18th Feb 1952 Randy Crawford
18th Feb 1954 John Travolta
18th Feb 1960 Greta Scacchi
19th Feb 1939 Gwen Taylor
19th Feb 1960 HRH The Duke of York
20th Feb 1951 Gordon Brown
20th Feb 1966 Cindy Crawford
22nd Feb 1732 George Washington
22nd Feb 1857 Lord Baden Powell
22nd Feb 1933 The Duchess of Kent
22nd Feb 1974 Drew Barrymore
23rd Feb 1939 Peter Fonda 26th Feb 1802 Victor Hugo
26th Feb 1953 Michael Bolton
27th Feb 274 Constantine the Great
27th Feb 1932 Dame Elizabeth Taylor

28th Feb 1932 Brian Moore
28th Feb 1942 Brian Jones

 

Oh Sansara ! This short period of happiness

is followed by sad events and news:

I hope older generation Burmese could still remember the Academy winning, one of the most famous movies, “Bawa Sansara”, or The Wheel of Existence or life circle. (Director U Thu Kha, produced by Mandalay cinema (Mandalay Yoke Shin)

As long as karma is being generated, beings will continue to experience rebirth. 

We all must face_

  1. the ageing,
  2. contracting diseases
  3. and ultimate will die one day.

In life there are circles of times of_

  • happiness and sorrow,
  • success and failure,
  • famous and notorious,
  • the time to laugh and smile and the period of sorrow etc.

Samsāra, the Sanskrit and Pāli term for “continuous movement” or “continuous flowing” refers in Buddhism to the concept of_

  1. a cycle of birth (jāti)
  2. and consequent decay
  3. and death,

in which_

  • all beings in the universe participate
  • and which can only be escaped through enlightenment.

Samsāra is_

  • associated with suffering
  • and is generally considered the antithesis of nirvāna or nibbāna.

Which is greater_

  • the tears you have shed while transmigrating & wandering this long,
  • long time – crying & weeping from being joined with what is displeasing,
  • being separated from what is pleasing –
  • or the water in the four great oceans?

“The tears we have shed_

  • while transmigrating & wandering this long, long time –
  • crying & weeping from being joined with what is displeasing,
  • being separated from what is pleasing

– is much more than the water in the four great oceans.”

“Long have you (repeatedly) experienced the death of a mother.

The tears you have shed over the death of a mother while transmigrating & wandering this long, long time – crying & weeping is greater than the water in the four great oceans.

“Long have you (repeatedly) experienced_

  • the death of a father
  • the death of a brother…
  • the death of a sister…
  • the death of a son…
  • the death of a daughter…
  • loss with regard to relatives…
  • loss with regard to wealth…
  • loss with regard to disease.

The tears you have shed over loss with regard to disease while transmigrating & wandering this long, long time – crying & weeping is greater than the water in the four great oceans.

“Why is that? From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving are transmigrating & wandering on. Long have you thus

  • experienced stress,
  • experienced pain,
  • experienced loss,
  • swelling the cemeteries –

enough to become disenchanted with all fabricated things, enough to become dispassionate, enough to be released.” (Wiki Buddha)

But don’t despair, no need to totally abandon the earthly matters  to escape from all the sufferings. Please look  from the Islam Point of View regarding these_

  • Attaching no value to the world means attaching no undue value to others.
  • Attaching no value to others starts with attaching no undue importance to oneself.      Sufyan-i Savri

Reflection is the key that opens the door to mercy.

  • Do you not see?
  • One first reflects and then repents!   Sufyan ibn Uyayna
  • There are three indications of a person’s greatness:
  • not complaining in the face of calamity,
  • not groaning in the face of pain,
  • and not praising oneself.      Abu Darda

Believers are those who are aware that God is watching them.

  • Such servants restrain their desires and prepare themselves for the Hereafter.
  • The hijr, an obligation that lasts until Doomsday, is the road that leads from ignorance to knowledge, from forgetting Allah to seeking Him, from sin to obedience, and from obduracy to repentance. Sahl ibn Abdi’llah at-Tustari

Those who show_

  • patience when they cannot obtain something,
  • contentment when they achieve it,
  • and fortitude when they lose it are those who have heedfulness  Imam Ghazzali

One sign that the heart has died is not regretting advantages one has missed while feeling nothing for one’s evil deeds. Ibn `Ata’ Allah al-Iskandari

  • The world rules whoever loves and seeks it, and serves whoever abandons and denies it. The world is that which desires and that which is desired.
  • Whoever desires the world is rejected by it.
  • Whoever rejects the world is followed by it.
  • The world is a bridge over the road to the Hereafter.
  • Cross that bridge, but do not behave as if you will remain on it forever.
  • It is unwise to build palaces on bridges.
  • Take as much from the world as will lead you to the Hereafter, but leave behind that which will prevent you from entering it.      Yahya ibn Muadh

O Allah, I shelter behind you from all deeds that will displease you.

  • O Allah, I ask for the most essential, the most clean, and the honor You bestow.
  • O Allah, do not make me so busy that I fall into the forgetfulness of those who forget You.
  • May I be worthy of Your approval.
  • O Allah, make me a servant remembered only for loving You, hoping for nothing from his worship!
  • O Allah, fill my heart with joy from You, purify my tongue with Your Names, let my limbs labor on tasks You will find good and of which You will approve.
  • O Allah, eliminate all traces, memories, recollections, and feelings that are not of You!      Junayd al-Bagdadi

When you wish the doors of hope to be opened, remember the blessings you have received from Allah.

  • When you wish the doors of fear to be opened, look at what you have done for Him.
         Ibn `Ata’ Allah al-Iskandari
  • A perfected individual is one who tames one’s desires.
  •  Allah praises and elevates such a person through the tongues of His servants.      Abu’l Hassan Ali ibn Vafa

Do not fall into despair if blessings come late,

  • even though you keep asking for them,
  • because Allah has promised to heed prayers.
  • Yet the wish to be granted will be granted because He wishes it for you, not because you wish it for yourself.
         Ibn `Ata’ Allah al-Iskandari

 

Suddenly Lashio Thein Aung’s once famous song, “Pyaw lo’ ma sone_Pyone ma wa they khin”, meaning the time of happiness and smiles are cut shot before we finished enjoying them. . .

The time for Condolence came suddenly without invitation or notice.

I was talking to my cousin sister, Ma La Min, my aunt’s daughter, up to 3 AM. (I had never met her for a quarter of a century) She is a graduate Medical Doctor but had opened a computer shop, computer repair and internet cafe in Rangoon for a dozen of years. Now she got the Masters in Computing in Singapore and working as a IT Engineer there. When I slept, she stayed on to do internet chat.

And only in the morning I was informed by my wife that Ma La Min got the message of passing away of her beloved mother. (May Allah bless her soul, forgive her from all the sins and reward with the paradise. Kindly exempt her from all the punishment in her burial site, make her comfortable by allowing enough space, air etc.)

At the clinic I got the news about my two old regular patients, had passed away.

Mr Yellamalay son of Pavady (Hindi) and Mr S. Vethanayagam (Christian)

Although they were staying quite far from the clinics I worked, they used to search and follow me to any clinic I shifted. That goes on for 20 years and now they are no more. May God bless their souls?

Their wives and children came to my clinic and infront of all the patients that their husband/father was in other town visiting his birthplace after attending a wedding. They claim that if their late father was attended by me, he could be till alive. What a great compliment. But I told them that I would not be able to do so as it was fated. I am not god, don’t have any supernatural power, I my self is now suffering fro numerous diseases and I could not avoid death. 

 

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 And I got the news of the assassination of the Karen National Union (KNU) general secretary Mahn Sha was gunned down in his home in Mae Sot, Thailand, Thursday afternoon by unknown assailants. Farewell Comrade, although we do not know each other, I regarded the KNU leaders as the Comrades who could understand the sufferings of fellow Burmese Muslims and because of their integrity, bravery and well disciplined rebel army.

Last of all my close friend (Pt. and husband) got a Fibroid with perimenopausal bleeding. I advised her to operate but she refused. (One local Paediatrician practicing traditional medicine advised her not to go for the hysterectomy or removal of the uteras.) Because of recurrent bleeding she came back for follow up. Now it is very big, grows rapidly and as I had suspected, turn out to be a Sarcoma, which is worse than Cancer and it spreads through blood, she is now sadly on Chemotherapy.

Seen a Burmese migrant worker_

  • amputated below both elbows after Industrial Accident,
  • denied compensation from the employer
  • and Insurance company refused to pay

dampens my heart. And he is now suffering from_

  • depression,
  • anger
  • and pain from PHATOM LIMBS. (Pain comming from the lost hands) I will try to help him and wish to write the details later.

Other minor cases of four dengue suspects within these two days and pt came back with the allergy to the medicine which I had given demolished my small amount of joy.

Oh Sansara ! The short period of joy

is followed by neverending arrocities for Burma 

On the 12 February 1974, all of us agreed and signed to the Panglong Agreement, which which give birth to Union of Burma combining the Lower Burma, Upper Burma, and the Frontier Areas, which had been administered separately by the British.

On the 19 July 1947, our beloved General Aung San was assassinated with most of his cabinet members.  On the 4 January 1948, we got independence and established the Democratic Union of Burma, with Sao Shwe Thaik as its first President and U Nu as its first Prime Minister.Eight months old INFANT INDEPENDENT BURMA plunged into an all out civil war.

  • Thakhin Soe’s Red Flag Communists had already started a rebellion,
  • the Rakhine nationalists led by the veteran monk U Seinda
  • the Mujahid Rakhine Muslims.
  • The PVO (People’s Volunteer Organisation) formed from the demobbed war veterans by Aung San as his own paramilitary force) had split into White-band and Yellow-band factions; the majority White-band PVO led by Bo La Yaung, a member of the Thirty Comrades, and Bo Po Kun, joined the insurrection in July.
  • The Karen National Union (KNU) rebelled at the end of January 1949

 The Army Chief of Staff Gen. Smith Dun, an ethnic Karen was replaced by General Ne Win who led a military coup d’état in 1962 .

The rest is the history of continuous raping of Myanmar Tatmadaw on Burma up to the present time.

BURMA’S KAMMA (or Kan in simple Burmese) is not good.

Bawa Zat Sayar or Director of Sansara (may be God) haven’t give a face to us.  

Why God! You have a heart to leave us all in Burma in the cold dark fate?

Please God, have mercy on all of us in Burma/Myanmar.

Please, please God, kindly help all of us out of this tragedy.

Please God, kindly remove the cold unkind hatred amongst all of us.

Please God, kindly change the heart of the Myanmar Military rulers, SPDC Generals starting from the Senior General Than Shwe.

Please God, please kindly guide all of our Burmese citizens from this deep darkness into light, into the Straight safe Path. The Path of those on whom You have bestowed Your Mercy.

Please God,  we, Burmese citizens are weak and have no power to fight back or resist the cruel, unjust present military leaders. Give enlightenment, repentance and redemption to all of us including our enemy, the present rulers.

Please kindly change and soften the heart of the present leaders to give way for the new and better government.

Please God,  may you kindly remove the oppressors and relieve all of us from the inhumane present government.

Please replace them with the kindhearted new government who would rule Burma with justice, fairness and according to the written laws without any bias or corruption.
 

Dear God, please kindly heal our diseases and our wounds. The whole Burma is now infested with physical diseases, mental deteriorations and we are facing the manmade and natural disasters one after another. Economy and business are going downwards steeply but our earning power is low, inflation is out of control and commodity prices are rising daily. Some of us have even lost our jobs.

Please God, Mercy on all of us, protect us from all the dangers, disasters including the long protracted civil war and restore unity and peace among all of us. Please soften our hardened hearts to love and respect each other to be able to live happily together.

Please God,  kindly release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, all the political leaders and all the political prisoners of Burma.

Kindly restore their mental and physical strength to lead our country into a new progressive era.

Dear God, please forgive all of us from all the major and small sins, the sins we knowingly committed and accidentally committed.

Please God, give all of our citizens: peace, health, wealth, unity and loving kindness. Because of the incompetent and corrupt military rulers, all of us are poor, downtrodden and looked down by the whole world.

Dear God, please kindly have mercy on all of us, give us hope and elevate the status of all of us.

Please grant us success in each and every field we have tried and even we haven’t or could not try or imagine yet.