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

Myanmar mainstream media urgently needs new philosophies

  Myanmar mainstream media

urgently needs new philosophies

Modified and edited the original letter in Malaysiakini written by JD Lovrenciear.

I have edited and adapted to the Myanmar context from the original article.

I hope that  JD Lovrenciear and Malaysiakini could understand and forgive us for this. They should even be proud that they could contribute a very good article for the fellow Myanmar/Burmese citizens.

The largely unexpected turn of events arising from the recent Safron Revolution and the spread of the news photos and VCD news spreading out through internet and U Tube, defying and escaping the very strict censorship on all the media (read mainstream media), only further reaffirms the opinion and thinking of viewers about the Myanmar Military’s brutality.

Some honest questions need to be raised, reflected upon and addressed in a learned manner if we are to see the survival of the media – especially the mainstream print and electronic media and the laws affecting them. This is the responsibility of not only those on-the-job, but also more importantly the media owners (in Myanmar all the newspapers are owned by the military government and most of the private journals are also owned by military, ex-military, cronies of military and journalists who are sycophants or affiliated to the military) together with the law makers. And of particular crucial importance are the Myanmar medium mainstream media given our geographical demographics.

A continuing disregard for the harsh realities affecting the reputation of the mainstream media is not going to add any advantage especially to the government of the day as we have witnessed from the outcome of the 1990 elections.

As aptly stated by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, the media world has been ‘turned upside down and inside out’ given the ‘rise of consolidation and deregulation’ (2006).

While the aim of this letter is not to give a lecture on the media – which the media is only all too familiar with – lawmakers and politicians need to pay particular attention to and learn to leave the job of journalism and its business to professionals.

The starting line is the expired need to re-look our media laws, namely the Printing Presses and Publishing Rules and Regulations and the Internal Security Act. While these Acts were introduced with good intentions and at a time of bygone urgencies, the continued use of them without any objective and impartial review has not served us well and never will anyway.

Today, we have seen on a first-hand basis how the media, despite its long years of walking a ‘safe’ path in reporting news owing to an innate fear of being hauled up and axed, has miserably failed to safeguard the interests of its political masters who own and or manipulate its existence.

Today we are all well aware of how the ‘new’ media namely the Internet and the mobile phone have driven an obvious wedge into the mainstream media’s operating patronage and its many silly spins.

In the light of this new age media presence, its influence and growing credibility, the Myanmar medium newspapers, in particular, need to come to terms with their blind and patronising allegiance to the military corridors of power. If the lessons learnt in the recent 1990 elections, 8888 revolution and Safron Revolution do not shake the blinkers off their current stance, the military generals who use these media can only be prepared for more disasters in the years ahead of the next referendum and poll.

In the wake of failings, military generals would never trying to hide that our Myanmar media is never free and that the alternative media is the to be blamed as its is exercising no self-censorship but full of lies and propagandas churned out by the axe handle Myanmar exiles dancing to the tune of their financier new colonial powers e.g USA, EU and Australia e.t.c. But journalists will confide away from the presence of their military bosses that if they do not toe the line, the exit door awaits them and could even end their lives in the notorious Ye Kyi Aine..

In a nutshell, our Myanmar mainstream media is merely for some to have a job to pay their bills and let us not kid ourselves on this underpinning truth..

We all Myanmar citizens are day-dreaming for the time that the media – particularly the Myanmar print media and the Myanmar television stations Myanmar TV, Myawaddy and MRTV – recognise the revolutionising media scape and take pains to champion professional journalism and not continue to suffer under strong arm of military censorships. And to facilitate this, it is about time that military stopped taking ownership stakes in mainstream media or dailies. Opposition Political parties should also be given the permission to print newspaper and journals.

Hopefully, as the nation remains focused on the path of seven steps to democracy, Myanmar Military Junta leaders will wake up and accept the fact that a free media has all the ingredients to help the nation grow from various vantages.

For one, investors will appreciate the presence of a non-political media. The people will be more receptive to facts presented and therefore make healthy and informed conclusions. This, in turn, will enable our military junta generals and opposition politicians to stay on their feet.

A free media will also mean that the fight against corruption and the government’s pledge to eradicate any form of crony and corrupt practices will gain credibility and support.

And, most importantly, a media that is free from political affiliations or patronage and control will play a significant role in the urgent need to influence perceptions.

Hopefully, we Myanmar citizens can see some significant changes in the philosophies of our media and their business direction. Otherwise, the media must only prepare for its own burial over time.