We all must punish Christoph Darbellay, the next Hitler of Europe from Swiss People’s Party

We all must punish  Christoph Darbellay, the next Hitler of Europe from Swiss People’s Party

“We don’t have a situation of the extreme right in Europe attacking Jews because they are content to attack Muslims,” Philip Carmel, the international relations director for the Conference of European Rabbis, told Reuters.

“But the Swiss example is classic: it’s not just Muslims who are going to be targeted by the extreme right.”

Darbellay has also proposed a ban on the Muslim burqa, or face veil, despite opposition from within his own party. His comments are seen as a response to the rise of the populist Swiss People’s Party (SVP) which campaigned for the minaret ban.

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Handcuffed Than Shwe, the Genocide Criminal

Handcuffed Than Shwe, the Genocide Criminal

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Than Shwe,

                   Why did you arrest the Burmese Muslim leaders?

This is the CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY amounting to a GENOCIDE.

Do you understand the meaning of  Genocide?

Just licking the BOOT of Obama could not erase your sins or AGAINST HUMANITY and GENOCIDE

 If you fail to release the Muslim leaders, we would start a campaign to handcuff you.

If the world Muslims declare Jihad on SPDC, you could not find a safe haven but grilled in hell soon.

The world Muslim Ummah

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Rights group says Myanmar judges should be referred to ICC

 

Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] President of the Global Justice Center [advocacy website] Janet Benshoof said [press release] Thursday that judges who participated in the trials and convictions of 60 political activists[JURIST report] in Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] last week are co-conspirators of crimes against humanity and should be referred to the International Criminal Court(ICC) [official website].

In a statement, Benshoof explained that_ 

  1. the circumstances of the hearings
  2. – in which many defendants did not have legal representation,
  3. those who did were not allowed to meet with their lawyers in private,
  4. and in which defendants could not question the prosecution witnesses –

justified a referral to the ICC.

She pointed out direct provisions of the ICC that she felt the judges violated:

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CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT OBAMA

CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT OBAMA

Dear Mr President,

                       As a duly elected President of the United States of America, you are 101% sure to be inaugurated as the 44th US president on Jan 20, 2009. Contrary to your condition, our BURMA’S Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was elected as a winner in the election in 1990 but she is still under house arrest for nearly two decades.

Please kindly help her release by declaring the SPDC Generals as Human Rights criminals and push for the International arrest warrant.

Please read my following article, which could be used as a rough guide-line for the appropriate action to be  taken for the prosecute the Myanmar generals.

Thanking Your Honour

Yours Humbly

 

Dr San Oo Aung

Democrat candidate Barack Obama has been elected as the United States first black president following his historic win over his Republican rival John McCain.

american presidential election barack obama versus john mccainThe 47-year-old father of two, who will be inaugurated as the 44th US president on Jan 20, 2009,

Ban Ki-moon, Al Capone, Yamashita and Than Shwe

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Save us the rescuers

Save us the rescuers

Calls for military action to force aid on Myanmar

march us down a dangerous road, that we are willing to accept

By David Rieff May 18, 2008

Sorry, Mr David Rieff we disagree with you and I erased ‘From’ your heading. And I added the pharase, ‘that we are willing to accept’, at the end of your subheading.

The decision by the government of Myanmar not to admit foreign humanitarian relief workers to help the victims of Cyclone Nargis has been met with fury, consternation and disbelief in much of the world.

  • With tens of thousands of people dead,
  • up to 100,000 missing
  • and more than a million displaced
  • and without shelter, livelihood or possibly even sufficient food,
  • the refusal of the military rulers of the country to let in foreign aid organizations or to open airports and waterways in more than a token way to shipments of aid supplies
  • seems to be an act of sheer barbarism.

In response, Gareth Evans, the former Australian foreign minister who heads the International Crisis Group, made the case last week that_

  1. the decision by Myanmar’s authorities to default on their responsibilities to their own citizens might well constitute “a crime against humanity,”
  2. and suggested that the United Nations might need to consider bringing aid to Myanmar non-consensually,
  3. justified on the basis of the “Responsibility to Protect Resolution”
  4. adopted at the 2005 U.N. World Summit by 150 member states.

To be sure, R2P (as the resolution is colloquially known) was not envisaged by the commission that framed it (and that Evans co-chaired) as a response to natural disasters, but rather as a way of confronting “genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.”

To extend its jurisdiction to natural disasters is as unprecedented as it is radical. But as Evans put it last week, “when a government default is as grave as the course on which [Myanmar’s] generals now seem to be set, there is at least a prima facie case to answer for their intransigence being a crime against humanity — of a kind that would attract the responsibility-to-protect principle.”

  • Evans’ warning was clear. Myanmar’s generals should not delude themselves into thinking that the international community would allow them to act in any way they wished
  • not if it meant turning a blind eye to the dangers the cyclone’s survivors faced.
  • These dangers, according to the British charity Oxfam, threatened an additional 1.5 million lives.

And a number of European governments took the same line.

  1. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband stated that military action to ensure that the aid got to where it needed to go might be legal and necessary.
  2. And French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner echoed this argument, saying that France was considering bringing a resolution to the U.N. Security Council allowing for such steps to be taken.

For Kouchner, a co-founder of the French relief group Doctors Without Borders, this was familiar ground. He was a leading, and controversial, figure in the relief world long before joining Nicolas Sarkozy’s government last year,

  • and he is one of the originators of the so-called right of interference
  • a hawkish interpretation of humanitarianism’s moral imperative
  • and an operational license that basically held that outside aid groups and governments had a presumptive right to intervene when governments abused their own people.

At first glance, the arguments of Evans, Miliband, Kouchner and the leaders of many mainstream relief organizations may seem like common-sense humanism.

  1. How could it be morally acceptable to subordinate the rights of people in need to the prerogatives of national sovereignty?
  2. In a globalized world in which people, goods and money all move increasingly freely,
  3. why should a national borderthat relic of the increasingly unimportant state system — stand in the way of people dedicated to doing good for their fellow human beings?
  4. Why should the world stand by and allow an abusive government to continue to be derelict in its duties toward its own people?

Surely, to oppose this sort of humanitarian entitlement is a failure of empathy and perhaps even an act of moral cowardice.

This has been the master narrative of the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.

It has dominated the speeches of officials and most of the media coverage,

which has been imbued with an almost pornographic catastrophism in which aid agencies and journalists seem to be trying to outdo each other in the apocalyptic quality of their predictions.

I hope that the author ended here. But we sadly see the communist/socialistic views of the author, who do not know the sufferings of Burmese citizens. We know about the SPDC than you!

(Comment: unfair counter accusation: First, the U.S. charge d’affaires in Yangon, Myanmar’s capital, without having left the city, told reporters that though only 22,000 people had been confirmed dead, she thought the toll could rise as high as 100,000. A few days later, Oxfam was out with its estimate of 1.5 million people being at risk from water-borne diseases — without ever explaining how it arrived at such an extraordinarily alarming estimate.In reality, no one yet knows what the death toll from the cyclone is, let alone how resilient the survivors will be. One thing is known, however, and that is that in crisis after crisis, from the refugee emergency in eastern Zaire after the Rwandan genocide, through the Kosovo crisis, to the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to the 2004 South Asian tsunami, many of the leading aid agencies, Oxfam prominent among them, have predicted far more casualties than there would later turn out to have been. In part, this is because relief work is, in a sense, a business, and humanitarian charities are competing with every other sort of philanthropic cause for the charitable dollar and euro, and thus have to exaggerate to be noticed. It is also because coping with disasters for a living simply makes the worst-case scenario always seem the most credible one, and, honorably enough, relief workers feel they must always be prepared for the worst. But whatever the motivations, it is really no longer possible to take the relief community’s apocalyptic claims seriously. It has wrongly cried wolf too many times.We should be skeptical of the aid agencies’ claims that, without their intervention, an earthquake or cyclone will be followed by an additional disaster of equal scope because of disease and hunger. The fact is that populations in disaster zones tend to be much more resilient than foreign aid groups often make them out to be. And though the claim that only they can prevent a second catastrophe is unprovable, it serves the agencies’ institutional interests — such interventions are, after all, the reason they exist in the first place.)

Unwelcome as the thought may be, reasonable-sounding suggestions made in the name of global solidarity and humanitarian compassion can sometimes be nothing of the sort. Aid is one thing. But aid at the point of a gun is taking the humanitarian enterprise to a place it should never go. And the fact that the calls for humanitarian war were ringing out within days of Cyclone Nargis is emblematic of how the interventionist impulse, no matter how well-intended, is extremely dangerous.

The ease with which the rhetoric of rescue slips into the rhetoric of war is why invoking R2P should never be accepted simply as an effort to inject some humanity into an inhumane situation (the possibility of getting the facts wrong is another reason; that too has happened in the past).

Yes, the impulse of the interveners may be entirely based on humanitarian and human rights concerns. But lest we forget, the motivations of 19th century European colonialism were also presented by supporters as being grounded in humanitarian concern. And this was not just hypocrisy. We must not be so politically correct as to deny the humanitarian dimension of imperialism. But we must also not be so historically deaf, dumb and blind as to convince ourselves that it was its principal dimension.

Lastly, it is critically important to pay attention to just who is talking about military intervention on humanitarian grounds. Well, among others, it’s the foreign ministers of the two great 19th century colonial empires. And where exactly do they want to intervene — sorry, where do they want to live up to their responsibility to protect? Mostly in the very countries they used to rule.

When a British or French minister proposes a U.N. resolution calling for a military intervention to make sure aid is properly delivered in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, then, and only then, can we be sure we have put the specter of imperialism dressed up as humanitarianism behind us. In the meantime, buyer beware.

David Rieff is the author of many books, including “At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention” and “A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis.”

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Now or Never! NCGUB should invite NATO to invade Irrawaddy delta

 

Gordon Brown:Burma is guilty of inhuman action

Gordon Brown:Burma is guilty of inhuman action

Telegraph.co.uk

A woman walks in the rain as she covers herself with a plastic bag in the outskirts of Yangon, MyanmarThe official death toll of the cyclone disaster in Burma has risen to 78,000, as the country’s military regime continues block aid from reaching 2.5 million survivors.

The new figure is nearly double the official estimate of 43,000 dead or missing given on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister spoke shortly after France’s UN ambassador said Burma was on the verge of “committing a crime against humanity” by refusing to allow aid to be delivered.

A woman walks in the rain as she covers herself with a plastic bag in the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar

Jean-Maurice Ripert made the comment during a UN General Assembly session after Burma’s UN ambassador accused France of sending a warship to the region.

France said the ship is carrying 1,500 tons of food and medicines for the survivors of Cyclone Nargis.

Mr Brown called on the ruling junta to stop blocking foreign aid. ”This is inhuman. We have an intolerable situation, created by a natural disaster.

“It is being made into a man-made catastrophe by the negligence, the neglect and the inhuman treatment of the Burmese people by a regime that is failing to act and to allow the international community to do what it wants to do.”

He said “the responsibility lies with the Burmese regime and they must be held accountable.”

The official death toll of the cyclone disaster in Burma has risen to 78,000, as the country’s military regime continues block aid from reaching 2.5 million survivors.

The new figure is nearly double the official estimate of 43,000 dead or missing given on Wednesday.

According to state television, as of May 15 more than 55,000 people were missing and almost 20,000 have been injured in the worst disaster in the country’s history, which hit two weeks ago.

Independent experts have said the actual number is probably far higher, with British officials saying the total dead and missing could be more than 200,000.

The new death toll comes a day before the Burmese junta is due to lead foreign diplomats on a stage managed tour of the Irrawaddy Delta, the worst-hit area.

The delta is closed to outsiders — not just foreign aid workers and journalists but also Burmese from elsewhere in the country – making it increasing difficult to gain an impression of conditions there.

“The tour will go to a model camp in the delta, but we think it would be a mistake to turn our back on the visit even if it is a show operation” said a Western diplomat last night. “If we want to get more aid in, perhaps it is a game we have to play.”

Torrential rain continued on Friday, compounding the misery of survivors. There are reports of disease, and accounts of hungry villages gathering along roadsides in the rain and mud, begging passing vehicles for food with clasped hands. Food and clean drinking water are practically unavailable in most places.

Ramesh Shrestha, the head of Unicef in Rangoon who has local staff on the ground, said that in several places thousands of survivors are crammed together in temporary shelters without sanitation.

His agency is digging trenches as temporary latrines, and gathering together orphaned children “who have been found wandering around”.

Unaccompanied children are at risk of trafficking.

Restrictions imposed by the junta mean such relief efforts remain localised. Only around 10 per cent of victims are believed to have received any aid at all.

The European Union humanitarian aid commissioner, Louis Michel, on Friday became the latest in a long line of international grandees to visit Rangoon but gain no concessions. The junta again refused access for international aid workers. “They did not give any reason,” he said.

Mr Michel was also denied access to the delta, but taken instead to a “rather perfect, organised camp” near Rangoon.

State television reported that prime minister Thien Sein —number four in the military heirachy – claimed: “We have already finished our first phase of emergency relief. We are going onto the second phase, the rebuilding stage”.

The top three generals are yet to make any public statement on the crisis.

“They are in a completely parallel universe,” said the diplomat. “They see it essentially as a security operation. It’s straight from the playbook they used during the protests in September and October last year. You clear up all the journalists and block the news.”

The regime has an established tactic in dealing with Western pressure by slowly offering minor, cosmetic concessions and waiting until international attention wanes. “It’s completely transparent what they are doing with this trip,” said the diplomat.

Myanmar cyclone: Forced labour camp fears

 Myanmar cyclone: Forced labour camp fears

Telegraph.co.uk

By Graeme Jenkins in Rangoon

Survivors of the Burma cyclone are being forced into government camps amid fears they will be used as forced labour.

Government refugee camps to house cyclone survivors in KhonChanGone township, Yangon, BurmaThe ruling military junta has forcibly relocated tens of thousands of survivors from the Irrawaddy delta following the devastation of Cyclone Nargis on May 2.

 Many who had sought shelter in Buddhist monasteries – the centre of unrest during protests against the junta last year – are also being moved into government camps.

Ko Hla Min, a 35-year-old farmer who lost nine relatives in the storm, said that those rounded up by soldiers around the devastated town of Bogalay were being used as forced labour.

 

“They have to break stones at the construction sites. They are paid $1 per day but are not provided with any food,” he said.

 Meanwhile, a senior UN official told The Daily Telegraph that he feared other survivors will shortly be moved back to the delta and used by the junta to plant the next rice crop in the coming weeks.

 About 80,000 people had sought sanctuary in schools and temples in the delta town of Labutta, which was left in ruins after the cyclone struck nearly two weeks ago, they said.

 Now, only about 20,000 remain in their care at 50 monasteries in Labutta, after the military moved them to camps.

 A Buddhist monk stands outside a monastery that had given shelter to people displaced by the cyclone

With an official toll of 66,000 dead or missing and another two million in dire need of emergency aid, the government again rejected calls to accept foreign relief workers needed to quickly deliver food, water, shelter and medicine. The Red Cross estimates the real death toll to be closer to 128,000.

 Many displaced families have moved into temporary sheltersForeign Office minister Lord Malloch-Brown yesterday the most senior members of Burma’s military government of turning a “deaf ear” to the plight of their subjects.

 “From the top level of government, there is a sense that there is a complete deaf ear, that [ruling general] Than Shwe is not hearing the seriousness of the crisis and the regime has set its back against the need to accept outside help.”

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that the United Nations was to organise an emergency summit in Asia to discuss the disaster.

Many displaced families have moved into temporary shelters

 The reports came as the Burmese regime announced an overwhelming endorsement of its new constitution in the referendum held last weekend.

 State radio claimed that 92.4 per cent of voters in a 99 per cent turn out voted “yes”, although rights groups and dissidents earlier reported a low turnout and extensive irregularities. At some polling stations officials voted “yes” on behalf of anyone who had not appeared by 1pm. Campaigning against the constitution was punishable with jail.

A western diplomat in Rangoon told the Daily Telegraph that only one small fraction of the army was initially devoted to relief efforts in the area devastated by cyclone Nargis, while the regime concentrated its resources on conducting the referendum. Their only concession to the storm was to postpone voting in the effected areas until May 24.

The supposedly democratic charter is widely dismissed as a smoke screen for prolonged military rule.

Many of those are still without adequate food, shelter and drinking water two weeks later. Reports of cholora are beginning to spread by word of mouth.

 In an attempt to hide the burgeoning humanitarian catastrophe from the outside world even Burmese people are no longer allowed to enter the Irrawaddy Delta area, which is ringed by road blocks. Foreign aid workers are banned and foreign journalists posing as tourists have been unable to enter since the beginning of the week.

The military insists that it will distribute the international aid trickling into Rangoon airport, although some of it has already appeared in Rangoon markets.

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Forced labour cleans up Myanmar cyclone

Military leaders say relief getting to 2.5 million victims

Aung Hla Tun, Reuters

Published: Friday, May 16, 2008

Myanmar’s military government said Thursday its cyclone relief effort was moving along swiftly even as foreign powers warned of starvation and disease among up to 2.5 million people left destitute by the storm.

The European Union’s top aid official met government ministers and urged them to allow in foreign aid workers and essential equipment to prevent more deaths. But his trip did not yield any breakthroughs.

“Relations between Myanmar and the international community are difficult,” Louis Michel said. “But that is not my problem. The time is not for political discussion. It’s time to deliver aid to save lives.”

Earlier, Myanmar’s generals signalled they would not budge.

“We have already finished our first phase of emergency relief. We are going onto the second phase, the rebuilding stage,” state television quoted Prime Minister Thein Sein as telling his Thai counterpart.

Nearly two weeks after Cyclone Nargis tore through the heavily populated Irrawaddy delta — leaving up to 128,000 people dead — supplies of food, medicine and temporary shelter have been sent in dribs and drabs.

In Bogalay, a Delta town where 10,000 people are thought to have died, people complained of forced labour and low supplies of food at state-run refugee centres.

“They have to break stones at the construction sites. They are paid K1,000 ($1) per day but are not provided any food,” said Ko Hla Min, who lost nine family members in the storm.

In Bogalay relief materials were being held in storage waiting for distribution and government officials sold tin-sheets for roofs at $5 apiece, far above the budget of most.

Along the river rotting corpses remain near where villagers fish, wash and bathe. The United Nations has said more than half a million people may now be sheltering in temporary settlements.

The UN estimates of the number of people in urgent need at 2.5 million, and called for a high-level donors’ conference to deal with the crisis.

Requesting Royal Pardon for the jailed three Burmese brothers

Kindly consider granting

amnesty or Royal Pardon for

the jailed three Burmese brothers

Dr Zafar Shah

Three Burmese brothers jailed but how about ASEAN leaders who always shield and protect those killer SPDC?

We are not condoning or supporting terrorism. Burning and assaulting of diplomatics are wrong. But what push those three Rohingyas to run amok. What is the root cause of of this problem.

We all have to accept that we could not yet indict SPDC Myanmar Generals for the Crimes against Humanity, Ethnic Cleansing and other crimes.

Then just for thought: how about Myanmar-Crime Collobrator ASEAN leaders who shilded the SPDC so that they could continue to rule Myanmar and continue committing those crimes.

I know it is difficult or impossible in this world but on the Judgement day, infront of GOD/ALLAH those ASEAN Leaders would be surely judged and punished.

So kindly consider granting amnesty or Royal Pardon for them.

Dr Zafar Shah

 Read the present news and I hope the readers could remember that they had complaint to the judge about their jailors atrocities showing their wounds. What happen to their reports and those criminal torturers are declared cleared? Where is the justice?

They were tortured in your crony SPDC in Burma.

Myanmar Ambassy discriminated them.

They were denied asylum because they are not orang puteh Muslims nor from Indonesia or Philippine or Thai.

They were discriminated by UNHCR because they are not CHRISTIANS, not Chins but Muslims.

No wonder ASEAN countries are facing one disaster after another.

I hope Allah/God knows the truth and would dispend justice.

Three Burmese brothers jailed for embassy attack

Malaysiakini

Three brothers were each jailed for 36 years by a Malaysian court for an attack on the Burmese embassy in Kuala Lumpur, state media reported yesterday.

Abdul Fariyas Hardi, 46, Mohamad Salim, 42, and Muslim Salim, 39 – from Burma – were found guilty of the attempted murder of a Burmese envoy and committing mischief by causing damage to the embassy, Bernama said.

The men – who were arrested and detained after the attack in April 2004 – refused the judge’s advice to make a plea of mitigation and maintained their innocence, the report said.

“You have been detained for nearly four years but you have not shown any remorse over the crimes you have committed,” Judge Akhtar Tahir said, according to Bernama. They were sentenced to 18 years for each offence, to run consecutively from their day of arrest.

 

 

 

 

Diplomat wounded

 

 

 

In the incident, diplomat Khin Maung Lynn was hospitalised with severe wounds to his head and hands and the embassy, in the capital’s Ampang diplomatic district, was gutted by fire.

The men, of Muslim Rohingyas origin, were believed to have been disgruntled after trying for several days to have their documents verified by embassy staff as they sought refugee status with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The UNHCR had appointed two lawyers to represent the brothers but they subsequently dismissed their counsel, Bernama said.

The Malaysian government says there are about 25,644 Burmese asylum-seekers – mostly Rohingya Muslims – in the country but refugee groups believe the real figure is more than double that.

– AFP

 

Leadership quality of the Myanmar Military Generals

 Leadership quality of  the Myanmar Military Generals

KJ John | Apr 1, 08

Modified and edited the original letter, Leadership for the times” by KJ John in the Malaysiakini .

I have edited and adapted to the Myanmar context from the original article. I hope that KJ John  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.

True leadership is_

  • the art of setting new directions
  • and then creating the environment for that vision to become possible; not just plausible.
  • Nurturing the right climate for ideas and ideals to flourish

It is just as important as the new directions set.

Follower-ship consequently is_

  • the discipline of acknowledging visionary leadership
  • and the requisite obedience to new and shared directions.

Together they make up what is called_

  • a purpose-inspired life of leadership
  • and follower-ship.

Peter Vaill, my doctoral chairperson, calls this ‘Managing as a Performing Art’ (also the title of a book).

Frankly, both models are only partially relevant under current conditions of rapid, turbulent change; when small ripples become tidal waves of change being washed in, and without any human ability to control them.

Allow me to give ‘my three sen’ worth of advice to Myanmar Military SPDC leadership on differing styles of organisational leadership models that appear to be practiced.  

Unfortunately, within Myanmar Military Generals, the current models of leadership and managing are what I have in the past referred to as ‘cat or dog loyalty models of blind obedience’.

As the Burmese saying goes_

Yae Boo Pauk Tar_ Ma Low Chin Boo.

Yae Par Dar Bae_Low Chin Dae.

Yes! In the Military_

  • the leaders never accept the excuses.
  • Orders must be obeyed and fulfilled.
  • Rank and file must be willing to sacrifice their lives on the line of duty.
  • Soldiers must be like robots.
  • If the owner/handler/player click the button, whether right or wrong button, the robort must obey like a character in the video-game.
  • No reasoning nor analysis of correctness or morality or religious views of the nature of job or consequences of the order and results need to be considered.
  • Order is order.
  • Do or die in the battle field or face the consequences of punishments or court-martialed.

Because more than 70 percent of the electorate are living in urban areas, the  governance of Myanmar would be decided on modern and urban issues. That is enough reason for a predictable and fundamental change in scenario and landscape of today’s Myanmar politics.

The information age contributed to a fundamental and radical change in people’s expectations and perceptions. Urban voters were concurrently informed, misinformed and dis-informed. But, it appears like no one from the military government either heard or really understood this.  

Today, all of that is water under the bridge in urbanised Myanmar towns. These are so-called developed states in urbanisation terms. The arrogance and abuse of power in most states and local military authorities would ensure the outcome of the coming referendum.

Models of leadership

With this as the context, allow me to reflect on the two most prevalent models of leadership visible within all organisations, whether in the corporate or political world or civil society or in the military dictator governments.  

The one demands what I call ‘the cat loyalty syndrome’.

A syndrome is almost like a theological conviction about a truth that the beholder believes in and expects from the rest of the world.

The cat loyalty model demands the symbolic and implicit obedience and loyalty of a cat to the house.

This model of leadership demands that the person is loyal to the home or the institution that one belongs to, and claims full cat-like commitment to it.  

  • Most cats are in fact comfortable in the house
  • even after the owners move out.
  • They simply can carry on with life even with the new owners.
  • To the cat, that house is its home
  • and there is little or no loyalty to the master or owner of the house.
  • Owners can come and go.

This appears to be the prevalent model of leadership in SPDC leaders, demanding absolute obedience to the Tatmadaw and its current leader. Questions over their morality and ethics are a secondary matter.

The ‘dog model of loyalty’ puts a premium on loyalty explicitly to the master, but not so much to the house or organisation. But the more important question is: who is the real master? If one served long with General Ne Win or Senior General than Shwe, then one must always be almost loyal to them, in spite of differing circumstances or different worldviews one holds.

It is a lifetime personal loyalty to the person and relationship, and not so much to the authority or the position of the person. The result is almost blind loyalty to all instructions of the master and almost zero public disagreement with that person. Any disagreement must be handled in the privacy of the relationship.

Maybe Senior General than Shwe, as a strong military-type, also expects this kind of blind loyalty from all the generals.

Under conditions of turbulence, old-style captains cannot expect blind obedience. Truth is what will help all to move forward. Under whitewater conditions of extreme turbulence, what we need is a newer model of leadership, not that of a calm captain of an ocean-going vessel.

Vaill would argue that all leadership today is currently operating under whitewater conditions. Because of the Internet and the convergence of new technologies, leadership models must change to reflect new realities. He might ask, for instance: What is the real meaning of leadership under whitewater rafting conditions?

Message for Senior General than Shwe:

Robert Greenleaf’s ‘servant leadership model’, which emulates the ‘work with me and not for me’ motto should actually be the right one to replace Than Shwe’s ‘Listen to me, obey my orders’ military doctrine. There were many good speeches and slogans but things were done wrongly on the ground.  

  • Myanmar Military should work with the people.
  • Myanmar Military should work with all the opposition groups.
  • Myanmar Military should work with the NLD including their present leaders including Daw aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Myanmar Military should work with all the Ethnic Minority groups.
  • Myanmar Military should work with all the Religious Minority groups.

Senior General, you need their cooperation, their advise, their blessings to face the whole world. Their experience can tell you the truth about what is happening on the ground.

  • You need to work with them and not ask them to work for you.
  • You need to work with them  and no need to lock them up in the jails.
  • You need to work with them  and no need to lock them up in in their houses as house arrests.
  • You need to work with them  and no need to be afraid to talk to them.
  • You need to work with them  and no need to be afraid to start a dialogue with them, discuss and negotiate with them.
  • You need to work with them  and start a  national reconciliatory process which could eventually protect you, other SPDC generals, families, friends and cronies.

They will not and cannot do this as if you refuse to allow them or rufuse to listen to them or you recognize and respect them as the valuable personalities in their own rights. And they have as much if not more experience to provide leadership under whitewater conditions.

The ‘servant leadership model’ requires one to become chairperson of the board but not try to lead like an Old Captain. The person does not table papers but listens to ideas and steers the discussion towards a consensus decision.

Peter Drucker calls this ‘wise leadership’.

My three sen worth of suggestions for Sr General Than Shwe:

  • Let the people ask any question they choose and encourage open dialogue.
  • Do not protect anyone, let each carry their own weight or sack them if need be.
  • Ask all your generals to sincerely work with you and not for you.

You must start out right with good intentions, by making everyone  in SPDC to declare their assets publicly.

The people will judge you in the coming referendum and election by what you do and not just what you say.

Integrity means both –

  • doing what you say
  • and then preaching only what you have already practiced.

Let me end with a quote from John F Kennedy, who in his first speech as US president said: “Ask not what the country can do for you but ask what you can do for the country.”  

Myanmar Tatmadaw should review both the cat and dog loyalty models, and try to distinguish how every public servant and military official can serve first the public and national interest (defined as the interest of all the people of Myanmar, not just any one group regardless of how we carve the cake).

 

71 People Rescued Off Sri Lanka

71 People Rescued Off Sri Lanka  

By SAW YAN NAING 

Seventy-one people-50 Burmese and 21 Bangladeshi nationals-were rescued on Monday morning in the Indian Ocean by the Sri Lankan navy.

The people were rescued after being adrift for 13 days some 150 nautical miles off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka due to boat engine failure, according to a report on the Sri Lankan naval Web site.

Seventeen Burmese migrants and three Bangladeshis died onboard following the lack of food and water. The illegal immigrants were planning to travel to Malaysia and Thailand to seek jobs.

The 91 people boarded the vessel from Burma and Bangladesh on February 9. The doomed craft is now being dragged to Trincomalee Harbour in Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan navy while the survivors have been fed and treated medically.

Two deep sea surveillance ships were also asked to investigate the failed vessel by Sri Lanka navy’s Eastern Naval Command.

Fishermen had spotted the drifting boat off the shores of Mulaithuvu and reported the incident to Sri Lankan naval officials. 

In April 2007, two boats carrying more than 150 Rohingya men and boys from Burma, who said they left their homes because of political persecution by Burmese authorities, were detained off Phang Nga Province in southern Thailand by the country’s marine police.

According to a United States State Department report, “Trafficking in Persons,” released o¬n June 13, 2007, the Burmese military government has not done enough to stop the flow of human trafficking, particularly of women and children.

The report said an increasing number of ethnic Burmese girls and women have been leaving Burma in hope of finding work. Children have been trafficked to neighboring countries for sexual exploitation, forced labor and street begging, according to the report.

In December 2007, border patrol police in Tak found 41 Burmese men and women in the tank of an oil transport trailer without fresh air as they were being transported from Mae Sot to Bangkok.

Last year, about 740,000 migrant workers from Burma registered with the Department of Employment in Thailand. Many more Burmese migrants are working illegally. An estimated 1 million Burmese migrants are working in Thailand. 

What an utter disgrace!

What an utter disgrace!

KAREN,   Selangor. Letter to the Star

WE saw three Bangladeshis, in their early 20s, standing at our front gate. One was holding a rubbish bin trying to protect himself while the other two asked us for help because some boys were chasing and throwing stones at them and blocking their path. 

My parents asked if they had done anything to the boys to receive such treatment but the three, almost in tears, said all they did was to go to the night market near my home to buy some food. The boys had followed and harassed them.  

The poor foreigners also grabbed the rubbish bins in front of my house to shield themselves. 

My parents and my brother followed them to the corner of the street and saw a group of boys, who upon seeing them just laughed and ran away when my parents called them.  

My parents then watched the three men walk home to their quarters.  

It was a pitiful sight. We were upset with the actions of the boys.  

Is these how human beings deserve to be treated? 

Don’t they too have feelings and dignity?  

These are basic human rights. Just because they are foreigners does not mean that they can be bullied and no one would come to their aid.  

We are easily influenced by all the stereotypes of the world and become prejudiced and judgmental when encountering foreigners like Indonesians, Bangladeshis, Indians or Africans.  

One of my friends told me her Nigerian college mate said that when he travelled to college by bus, no one would sit beside him, even if the bus was full. 

He said some Malaysians gave him suspicious looks as though he was up to no good. Sometimes, they would close their noses and mouths when he stood near.  

We are known as a friendly and warm people but is this perception really true?  

The time has come for everyone to learn to respect and treat one another with love regardless of race, religion or nationality.  

“Treat others as you would like to be treated”  

That is the golden rule of life that is to be found in the holy books of the major faiths – phrased differently but all with the same message. 

KAREN,  

Selangor.  

Burmese Muslims requested the future leaders including the opposition leaders to grant the following Basic Human Rights

Burmese Muslims requested

the future leaders of Burma

including the opposition leaders

to grant the following Basic Human Rights

The following basic Human Rights should be granted to all the citizens including all the Muslims of Burma/Myanmar:

  1. Rights of unrestricted internal travel in the whole of Myanmar/Burma.
  2. Rights to travel abroad must be accepted by the government and to relax the strict present regulations on all Myanmar/Burmese citizens.
  3. Equal access to education at all levels including postgraduate studies, locally and abroad, according to meritocracy.
  4. Equal rights to all the government jobs and chance to be promoted according to meritocracy but not based on the Military experience or relationship.
  5. Equal rights to settle and work in any parts of Myanmar/Burma.
  6. Equal rights to serve and entitle for promotion to all the ranks in armed forces, Police, immigration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs etc.
  7. Freedom of religion, worship, religious publications, building and repairing of religious buildings and religious schools etc.
  8. Rights to allow participation in the election process and hold posts in all the levels in national and regional politics.
  9. Rights to hold the political and administrative posts in various level of government and its’ agencies.
  10. Freedom of speech and expression in any form of media is important. But freedom after speech is especially more important!

We all must recognize and implement:

  1. (i) The Status, Rights, protection, participation and representation of all the Ethnic Minorities.
  2. (ii) The Status, Rights, protection, participation and representation of all the Minority Religious groups.
  3. (iii) The Status, Rights and protection of the poor and downtrodden.
  4. (iv) Programme and implementation for the eradication of poor and general measures to increase the living standard of people. Handicapped people, youths, orphans, aged, disease inflicted people, homeless people, retrenched and unoccupied peoples’ rights and protection must not be ignored.
  5. (v) Majority got the right to rule. But they must respect, protect and guarantee the Minorities’ rights.
  6. (vi) Minorities must have the right of representation because the Majorities with their number of votes could totally monopolize all the good, lucrative and high places and positions, marginalizing the minorities.
  7. (vii) Majority must ‘sacrifice’ their absolute power by reserving some places and positions thus giving the Minorities the chance of participation and representation.
  8. (viii) Workers rights and adequate protection. Rights of forming unions, strikes, compensation, recreation, various benefits, pension and etc.
  9. (ix) On farsighted and fair distribution of investment policy in various fields of : Education, Research and Development, Science, Information Technology, Health, factories, Irrigation, Houses especially low cost houses and infrastructure projects.

There must be antitrust legislature to control the monopoly in each and every field.

We have to look, monitor and record at the –

  1. (a) Distribution of wealth and opportunity among the different groups depending on race, religion and political alignment, Political patronage- awarding government contracts, appointments, promotions, scholarships, land distributions, permits etc.
  2. (b) Rural development, Urbanization, squatter relocation and settlements.
  3. (c) Basic infrastructure facilities, water, electricity, highways, telephone, multimedia facilities, railways, seaports and etc. 

not to forget the most important basic issue of :

  1. (i) The Rights of Dissent and Disobedience of the people, parties, minorities and even among the Ruling Party (Party ordinary members, Central Committee Members, MPs and even Cabinet Ministers). Those individuals should not be forced or coerce to always toe the party line.
  2. (ii) We also wish to request that the minorities must have a say in the governance or at least the laws and rulings that are related or affected them.
  3. (iii) Democratic governments must accept that accepting the participation of minority races and religions is better than hatred, resentment, revolution, racial riots or civil wars.

 “Counting the ballots is better than cracking the skulls”.

We need the folowing undertaking by the future governments of Burma/Myanmar_:

  1. 1. “The people, whether Majority or Minority must have the right to disobey or resist the commands of the oppressive, authoritative or tyranny governments, if their commands trespass the limit and no longer serve their interests.
  2. 2. There must be enough check and balance. ACA (Anti Corruption Agency) or any organizations dealing with corruption must be independent from the administrative branch of Government.
  3. 3. Newspapers, TVs and all the media must be free and independent to probe and do investigative reports.
  4. 4. NGOs and other right groups must also be free to express their views. All of them and various reporters must have a free access to the government and the big companies as long as there is no real danger of espionage or national security. There is a danger of over protection and trying to hide under the name of national security to avoid exposure of the corruption.
  5. 5. There must be real separation of powers in the government. Administrative power of the head of the government should not let to be able to influence the Judiciary, Attorney General’s office and Legislative assembly.

In gist, the Rights we should get from the good governments are, Political, Civil, Human Rights & Economic Reform, including though not limited to:

  1. Freedom of speech.
  2. Freedom of association.
  3. True, full democracy.
  4. Separation of Powers between Government, Judiciary, Police & Military.
  5. Independent, competitive non-government media, free from government censorship or editorial restrictions.
  6. Full freedom of religious-thought, belief, expression & practice, including abolition of Government controls of religious affairs.
  7. The right of self-determination.
  8. The Rule of Law: The presumption of innocence until proven guilty; Trial by jury of peers; The right to a fair trial with appeal rights; The right to adequate & independent legal representation
  9. Non-discrimination by Governments, individuals or organisations on the basis of race, nationality, colour, religion, gender, marital status, political belief or affiliation, physical or mental disability.
  10. Religious & Political organisations must be permitted.

if I go into details of other Human Rights such as:

  1. (i) Detainees’ Rights: Prisoners’ Rights, POW’s (Prisoners of War) Rights, Political Prisoners’ Rights etc. Free from torture and inhumane treatments. Right to engage a lawyer, right to remain silence, right to defend one self in proper open court of law, right of access to medical care, communication with the love ones, rights to recreate and rehabilitate in the prison etc.
  2. (ii) Women’s Rights,
  3. (iii) Children’s various Rights,
  4. (iv) Senior citizens’ Rights, Handicapped Persons’ Rights, and various victims of diseases, HIV patients, Ca patients etc Rights.
  5. (v) Workers Rights; Workers Unions’ Rights, Foreign Workers’ (legal and illegal) Rights etc
  6. (vi) Foreigners’ Rights; Foreign temporary Residences Rights, visitors, tourists, Foreign Investors and Asylum or refugee seekers’ Rights etc
  7. (vii) Diplomatic Rights, Inventors’ Rights, Artists’ Rights, Patent Rights etc. etc…

Burma’s FIRST PRESIDENT Sao Shwe Thaike’s support of Burmese Muslims

 Burma’s FIRST PRESIDENT

Sao Shwe Thaike’s

support of Burmese Muslims

The Shan’s stand on the racial question is best described by Sao Shwe Thaike, who in his capacity as the Speaker of the Constituent Assembly,

countered the objection that Muslims could not be considered as being indigenous by saying :

“Muslims of the Arakan certainly belong to one of the indigenous races of Burma. If they do not belong to the indigenous races, we also cannot be taken as indigenous races.”

So shut up ILLEGAL SPDC GENERALS.

Just look at the another Greatest leader’s view on Muslims and other religious minorities_

General Aung San’s Acceptance of migrants as brethren

“I want to address the Indians and Chinese residing in this country.

  • We have no bitterness, no ill will for them,
  • or for that matter for any race and nationality in the world.
  • If they choose to join us, we will welcome them as our own brethren.
  • The welfare of all people of this country irrespective of race or religion has always been the one purpose that I have set out to fulfill.
  • In fact it is my life’s mission.”

What then constitutes nationalism?

  • The main factor is the having to lead together one common life
  • sharing joys and sorrows,
  • developing common interests
  • and one or more common things like racial or linguistic communities,
  • fostering common traditions of having been and being one
  • which give us a consciousness of oneness and necessity of that oneness.
  • Race, religion, and language are thus by themselves not primary factors which go to the making of a nation
  • but the historic necessity of having to lead common life together that is the pivotal principle of nationality and nationalism.
  • We cannot confine the definition of a nationality to the narrow bounds of race, religion, etc.

  • Nations are extending the rights of their respective communities even to others who may not belong to them except by their mere residence amongst them and their determination to live and be with them.

  • I am glad to know that you (Indians and Chinese residing in Burma ) regard yourselves as nationals of this country.

  • So far as I am concerned, I am perfectly prepared to embrace you as my own brothers and sisters.

  • Every student of social and political science knows very well that such slogans as race, religion, language do not alone constitute nationalism.
  • There are one or more races in almost every country.
  • Nowadays, we have different religions being embraced by members of the same nationality.

  • Nowadays, with the increasing mutual intercourse of nations, there is such a provision in many of the constitutions of the world for naturalization of foreigners.
  • But it is in history that opportunist political leadership taking advantage of the strong national sentiments of the people may try to exploit the nationalism of the people for their selfish individual or group interests.
  • We must be careful of such exploitation of nationalism. For then racial strives and bitterness will be fomented and fostered among us by interested parties in order to divert our attention from the main objective.

  1. I believe in the inherent right of a people to revolt against any tyranny that people may have over them.
  2. History has amply demonstrated the right of a people to its own freedom,
  3. and that once it is denied to them, even in the case of the peoples who belong to the same stock.

Some of them can be read in Bo Gyoke’s speeches.

And I will now present the Burma’s only Democratically elected Prime Minister U Nu’s support of Burmese Muslims. U Nu while requesting to dissolve Bama Muslim Congress, to revoke its membership from AFPFL said_

 

We all are the same Burmese people.

You Burmese Muslims happened to be Burmese of Islamic faith.

The rest of us are Burmese of Buddhist faith.

If Muslims do politics under Bama Muslim Congress, Buddhists , Christians, Hindus etc also wish do set up parties based on their religions.

If we do politics depend or base on religion, our democratic system would be compromised.

So let us work together under AFPFL.

 

Bo Gyoke’s Address to the Anglo-Burmans 

I am glad to know that you regard yourselves as nationals of this country. But if you regard yourselves as nationals of this country, it should not be sufficient by mere verbal declaration; you must identify yourselves in all national activities for national welfare. Let me be perfectly frank with you-your community in the past did not happen to identify yourselves with national activities; on the other hand, you were even frequently on the other side. Now you have to prove that you want to live and to be with the people of this country, not by words but by deeds. So far as I am concerned, I am perfectly prepared to embrace you as my own brothers and sisters. 

 

A digitally enhanced Myanmar opposition

A digitally enhanced

Myanmar opposition

By Paul Watson, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
January 7, 2008

Excerpts_

YANGON, MYANMAR — During 45 years of military rule, Myanmar’s generals drilled fear and suspicion so deeply into the minds of their people that when their opponents tried to harness the rage seething on the streets last fall, no one knew whom to trust.
The generals quickly took advantage, crushing the pro-democracy demonstrations, killing at least 15 people and jailing thousands. It was a brutally simple strategy that had worked before.

But this time may be different. An information revolution has come slowly to this poor, isolated country, and the military government may have inadvertently handed its enemies the keys to organizing a more effective underground movement.

Protesters had difficulty communicating until they landed in jail, where they traded e-mail addresses and cellphone numbers. Many are out again, building a network for what they call a new revolution.
There seemed little chance of getting organized until more than 2,000 protesters, arrested and jammed into crowded jail cells, met one another and overcame their distrust. Now, most of them are on the streets again, carefully building a network for what they call a new revolution.

Their digital tools are e-mail and text messages, which are more powerful than a megaphone, and cellphone cameras that are so common that thousands of people are potential journalists.

Most spent only a few days in jail, long enough to overcome distrust, make new contacts with the underground, and organize more cells that now communicate through coded messages, Internet drop boxes and old-fashioned couriers.

Secret couriers, who already run messages between exiled opposition leaders and supporters in Myanmar, could smuggle video and photos into Thailand to be sent across the Internet from there.