Myanmar government planning for another episode of Anti-Muslim riots

Myanmar government

planning for another episode

of Anti-Muslim riots  

 

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

 

Anti-Muslim Riots in Bago/Pegu

Anti-Muslim Riots in Bago/Pegu

 

 

 

 

Dear Brother,

I hope you can share the following news which is the part of a deliberate plan of the Military Junta of Burma to use its long term policy of using religious hatred to create the political environment that may benefit the Military Junta of Burma to stay in Power Forever.
Please prevent hatred against any race or religion and create the unity and harmony among all the races and religions of the people of Burma.

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South Africa accuses Israel Navy of killing hundreds of Palestinian boat people from Gaza

South Africa accuses Israel Navy of killing hundreds of Palestinian boat people from Gaza

WARNING: Readers must read the lower part of this news/article to understand the truth. Those reading the upper part only and failed to continue could be mislead or miss the real message.

Cape town, South Africa(AFP) — South Africa said Sunday that hundreds of people were missing at sea, believed to be part of a wave of Palestinian  boat people from Gaza were allegedly dragged out to the middle of the ocean by Israel Navy and left to die.
Israel has denied the accusations, but accounts of survivors and the latest reports from the South Africa coast guard have piled the pressure on Tel-Avid, and the Israel government said it would meet rights groups on Monday.

The Israel navy is accused of detaining the migrants, Palestinian  boat people from Gaza, after they washed up on the Israel coast — and then towing them to sea and leaving them to their fate.

South Africa’s coast guard said Sunday it had rescued hundreds of the refugees from the Palestinian, Gaza, but that hundreds more were feared lost. 

“These are really serious allegations that need to be investigated by the UN and the Israel government,” he said…………………

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Myanmar Muslims prohibited from worshipping and reading of the Quran in residential flats

Myanmar Muslims prohibited from worshipping in residential flats

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Aping a recent diktat against the country’s Christian community, authorities have summoned and warned leaders of Burma’s Muslim community not to worship in residential flats.

Rangoon’s Kyauktada Township Peace and Development Council office, as they did with Christian pastors from the city, summoned Islamic leaders on the 5th of this month and warned them to halt all religious services and the reading of the Quran in residential flats. 

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The Association of Religious Scholars (PUM) should acknowledge that at least Malaysiakini and Manjit Bhatia wrote one truth about Myanmar

The Association of Religious Scholars (PUM)

should acknowledge that at least 

Malaysiakini and Manjit Bhatia wrote one truth about Myanmar

It didn’t even dare condemn the Burmese military thugs who rule Burma, whose justice is meted out in the Stalinist/Maoist standard of the end of gun’s barrel.

Just look at how much braver Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines are when compare to M’sia at UNGA voting on 24-12-2008.

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Singapore dictators supported Myanmar Military dictators and rejected visa extension of six Burmese Citizens

Singapore dictators

supported Myanmar Military dictators

and rejected visa extension of six Burmese Citizens

Solomon

Saturday,23 August,2008(from Mizzima)

New Delhi – Singapore government has denied renewal of visas of six Burmese citizens and has forced three of them to leave the country since July without giving any reasons, Burmese activists, who called themselves as Burmese Patriots, on Friday.

The activists, who held a press briefing on Friday, call on the Singaporean government to provide proper reasons for the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Ministry of Manpower’s denial of the renewal of visas by six Burmese citizens.

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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).

 

Myanmar and other Political Jokes

Myanmar and other Political Jokes

Cows in Politics Explained

Some are mine but I got the original idea from here_ 

  1. Myanmar under successive military governments:  You have two cows.  The government seizes both and sells you the milk with high price. You join the underground and start a campaign of sabotage.
  2. Burma under U Nu: You have two cows. U Nu prohibited slaughtering of cows. They were sold as, “Toe Toe Thars”, by smugglers. (Toe Toe means harsh harsh, quietly, secretly. Thars means meat.)

  3. Burma under General Ne Win:  You have two cows.  Ne Win’s BSPP government seizes both and provides you with small amount of diluted milk which is a little bit spoilt.
  4. Burma under General Saw Maung’s SLORC:  You have two cows. Military government took both, promised to give back after enquiry (election) but was deposed in a coup to prevent fulfilling his promise.
  5. Myanmar under Sr General Than Shwe. You have two cows. SPDC withdraw the license to breed the cows and given one license to U Pine (ex-military association) and the remaining license goes to U Tayza.
  6. Myanmar Tatadaw in Arakan: You have two cows. Tatadaw slaughtered one to eat. Ask you to plough the army land with your remaining one cow. You are forced to pull the plough together with the remaining cow as a voluntary service.
  7. Myanmar Tatadaw in Karen State: You have two cows. Myanmar Military would negotiate, bribe one cow, named as Democratic Buddhist Cow and incite to fight your remaining cow, assassinate you or your family, raid across the fence, burn your house across the border and to destroy the Mosques.
  8. Myanmar Tatadaw in Shan State: You have two cows.  Tatmadaw would slaughter both cows, rape your village women and set your village on fire.
  9. Myanmar under General Khin Nyunt: You have two cows. Khin Nyunt’s would smile but with the sweet innocent face he would order Myanmar Military Intellgence to start a religious or racial riot against you and burn your two cows together with your house.
  10. Myanmar Chins: You have two cows. Bandage one as if wounded and put a POP on another so that they could be accepted by UNHCR to be able to export to the Western Developed countries.
  11. Myanmar Democratic secular opposition: You have two cows.  Don’t talk about racial discriminations nor equal rights. Your cows are not important they are counting their own sheeps and praying that the Burma Revolution would last forever. Then only they could continue to collect funds.
  12. A SOCIALIST:  You have two cows.  The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
  13. CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE:  You have two cows.  You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.
  14. BUREAUCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE:  You have two cows.  The government takes them both, shoots one, milks the other, pays you for the milk, then pours the milk down the drain.
  15. AN AMERICAN CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.  You are surprised when the cow drops dead.
  16. A JAPANESE CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create clever cow cartoon images called Cowkimon and market them World-Wide.
  17. A CHINESE CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You have 300 people milking them. You claim full employment, high bovine productivity, and arrest the newsman who reported on them.
  18. AN INDIAN CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You worship both of them.
  19. A GERMAN CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You reengineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.
  20. DEMOCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE:  You have two cows.  The government taxes you to the point you have to sell both to support a man in a foreign country who has only one cow, which was a gift from your government.
  21. A RUSSIAN CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 12 cows.  You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.
  22. A FRENCH CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You go on strike because you want three cows.
  23. A BRITISH CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  They are mad.  They die. Pass the shepherd’s pie, please.
  24. AN ITALIAN CORPORATION:  You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are. You break for lunch.
  25. A BRAZILIAN CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You enter into a partnership with an American corporation.  Soon you have 1000 cows and the American corporation declares bankruptcy.
  26. AN AMERICAN REPUBLICAN:  You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. So what?
  27. AN AMERICAN DEMOCRAT:  You have two cows.  Your neighbor has none.  You feel guilty for being successful.  You vote people into office who tax your cows, forcing you to sell one to raise money to pay the tax.  The people you voted for then take the tax money and buy a cow and give it to your neighbor. You feel righteous.

Intrigue and illness in Myanmar’s junta

Intrigue and illness in Myanmar’s junta

 

 BANGKOK – This month’s surprise announcement in Myanmar of a planned national referendum on a new constitution in May and multi-party democratic elections by 2010 are all part of Senior General Than Shwe’s game plan to hold onto power and ensure his family’s interests are secured. The question now is whether or not the junta leader’s health will hold out that long.

A major turning point in the competition occurred nearly six months ago, when Maung Aye was replaced as the head of the junta’s powerful Trade Council, right before the beginning of the August unrest. Maung Aye was also reportedly replaced as military chief during last year’s protests, where Thura Shwe Mann took charge of security arrangements, including suppression of the demonstrations, and commenced chairing crucial National Security Council meetings on Than Shwe’s orders.

Since the crackdown, however, the wheels of government have reportedly ground to a halt. “Ministers have been told directly by Than Shwe that he does not need to be consulted on any issue, other than those related to political or foreign policy issues,” said a military source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. But because officials fear making any moves that could be perceived as a challenge to Than Shwe’s power, decision-making is in gridlock, according to the source.

“There’s total inertia in [the capital] Naypyidaw. No one dares make a decision, even in regard to the smallest matters without approval from the top, which is rarely forthcoming,” a senior government official recently confided to a Western diplomat who spoke with Asia Times Online.

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Sr. General Than Shwe is the thief

Sr. General Than Shwe is the thief

of time

Procrastination

Procrastination is a type of avoidance behaviour which is characterised by deferment of actions or tasks to a later time. Psychologists often cite procrastination as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision.

For the person procrastinating this may result in stress, a sense of guilt, the loss of personal productivity, the creation of crisis and the disapproval of others for not fulfilling one’s responsibilities or commitments. While it is normal for individuals to procrastinate to some degree, it becomes a problem when it impedes normal functioning. Chronic procrastination may be a sign of an underlying psychological or physiological disorder.

The word itself comes from the Latin word procrastinatus: pro- (forward) and crastinus (of tomorrow). The term’s first known appearance was in Edward Hall’s Chronicle (The union of the two noble and illustre famelies of Lancestre and Yorke), first published sometime before 1548.[2] The sermon reflected procrastination’s connection at the time to task avoidance or delay, volition or will, and sin.

Causes of procrastination

Psychological

The psychological causes of procrastination vary greatly, but generally surround issues of anxiety, low sense of self-worth and a self-defeating mentality. Procrastinators are also thought to have a higher-than-normal level of conscientiousness, more based on the “dreams and wishes” of perfection or achievement in contrast to a realistic appreciation of their obligations and potential.

Author David Allen brings up two major psychological causes of procrastination at work and in life which are related to anxiety, not laziness.[citation needed] The first category comprises things too small to worry about, tasks that are an annoying interruption in the flow of things, and for which there are low-impact workarounds; an example might be organizing a messy room. The second category comprises things too big to control, tasks that a person might fear, or for which the implications might have a great impact on a person’s life; an example might be the adult children of a deteriorating senior parent deciding what living arrangement would be best.

A person might unconsciously overestimate or underestimate the scale of a task if procrastination has become a habit.

From the behavioral psychology point of view, James Mazur has said that procrastination is a particular case of “impulsiveness” as opposed to self control.[citation needed] Mazur states that procrastination occurs because of a temporal discounting of a punisher, as it happens with the temporal discount for a reinforcer. Procrastination, then, as Mazur says, happens when a choice has to be made between a later larger task and a sooner small task; as the absolute value of the task gets discounted by the time, a subject tends to choose the later large task.

Physiological

Research on the physiological roots of procrastination mostly surrounds the role of the prefrontal cortex. This area of the brain is responsible for executive brain functions such as planning, impulse control, attention, and acts as a filter by decreasing distracting stimuli from other brain regions. Damage or low activation in this area can reduce an individual’s ability to filter out distracting stimuli, ultimately resulting in poorer organization, a loss of attention and increased procrastination. This is similar to the prefrontal lobe’s role in Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), where underactivation is common. [3]

Procrastination and mental health

Procrastination can be a persistent and debilitating disorder in some people, causing significant psychological disability and dysfunction. These individuals may actually be suffering from an underlying mental health problem such as depression or ADHD.While procrastination is a behavioral condition, these underlying mental health disorders can be treated with medication and/or therapy. Therapy can be a useful tool in helping an individual learn new behaviors, overcome fears and anxieties, and achieve an improved quality of life. Thus it is important for people who chronically struggle with debilitating procrastination to see a trained therapist or psychiatrist to see if an underlying mental health issue may be present.

Severe procrastination can cross over into internet addiction or computer addiction. In this instance the individual has a compulsion to avoid reality by surfing the web or playing video games (game addiction) or looking at online pornography (pornography addiction). Although these are relatively new phenomena, they are being considered as psychiatric diagnoses by mental health professionals.

Perfectionism

Traditionally, procrastination has been associated with perfectionism, a tendency to negatively evaluate outcomes and one’s own performance, intense fear and avoidance of evaluation of one’s abilities by others, heightened social self-consciousness and anxiety, recurrent low mood, and workaholism. Slaney (1996) found that adaptive perfectionists were less likely to procrastinate than non-perfectionists, while maladaptive perfectionists (people who saw their perfectionism as a problem) had high levels of procrastination (and also of anxiety).[4]

Academic procrastination

While academic procrastination is not a special type of procrastination, procrastination is thought to be particularly prevalent in the academic setting[citation needed], where students are required to meet deadlines for assignments and tests in an environment full of events and activities which compete for the students’ time and attention. More specifically, a 1992 study showed that “52% of surveyed students indicated having a moderate to high need for help concerning procrastination”[5].Some students struggle with procrastination due to a lack of time management or study skills, stress, or feeling overwhelmed with their work.[

Quotations on procrastination

  1.  ”I’ll stop procrastinating, I swear… Starting on Monday.” — Frikkin Ninja

  2. “You can read this one later!” – Evrim

  3. “If it weren’t for the last minute, I wouldn’t get anything done.” — Anon

  4. “I think a lot of the basis of the open source movement comes from procrastinating students…” — Andrew Tridgell (Article)

  5. “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” — Douglas Adams

  6. “Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait – The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don’t count.” — Robert Anthony

  7. “We don’t have anything as urgent as mañana in Ireland.” — Stuart Banks

  8. “A perfect method for adding drama to life is to wait until the deadline looms large.” — Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

  9. “Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.” — Larry Kersten

  10. “Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn’t the work he’s supposed to be doing at the moment.” — Robert Benchley

  11. “Procrastination is the art of waiting.” — Procrastination help

  12. “Procrastination is like masturbation, It’s fun until you realize you just screwed yourself”–Anonymous

  13. “Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.” — Author Unknown

  14. “Procrastinate now, don’t put it off.” — Ellen DeGeneres

  15. “Procrastination is the thief of time.” — Edward Young

  16. “You can procrastinate later.” — kanzure

  17. “Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.” — Don Marquis

  18. “Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will–tomorrow!” — Gloria Pitzer

  19. “Procrastination will kill us all if it ever gets around to it.” — Anon

  20. “Time you enjoy wasting isn’t wasted time.” — Bertrand Russell

  21. “Procrastination is the key to flexibility” — Anon

  22. Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out. ~ Italian Proverb

  23. One of these days is none of these days. ~ English

  24. “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” — Mark Twain

  25. “Telling someone who procrastinates to buy a weekly planner is like telling someone with chronic depression to just cheer up.” — Joseph Ferrari

  26. “Faith in to-morrow, instead of Christ, is Satan’s nurse for man’s perdition.” Rev. Dr. Cheever

  27. “To be always intending to live a new life, but never to find time to set about it; this is as if a man should put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day and night to another, till he is starved and destroyed.” Tillotson

  28. ‘By the streets of “By and By” one arrives at the house of “Never.”‘ Cervantes

  29. “By one delay after another they spin out their whole lives, till there’s no more future left for them.” L’Estrange

  30. “For Yesterday was once To-morrow.” Persius

  31. “Never leave that till to-morrow which you can do to-day” Franklin

  32. “Indulge in procrastination, and in time you will come to this, that because a thing ought to be done, therefore you can’t do it.” Charles Buxton

  33. Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. Don Marquis (1878 – 1937)

  34. Procrastination isn’t the problem, it’s the solution. So procrastinate now, don’t put it off. Ellen DeGeneres

  35. Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness; no laziness; no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Lord Chesterfield (1694 – 1773)

  36. My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry ’til a more convenient season. Mary Todd Lincoln (1818 – 1882)

  37. Procrastination is the thief of time. Edward Young (1683 – 1765)

  38. Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. Don Marquis (1878 – 1937)

  39. Procrastination is the thief of time. Edward Young (1683 – 1765)

  40. If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he next comes to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination. Thomas De Quincey, Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts – 1827

  41. Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no delay, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Earl of Chesterfield

  42. Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried. Author Unknown

Reference

  1. Wikipedia encyclopedia

  2. Wikiquote

  3. And Google search of various Quotations

  4. All Quotations search site

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.

1948-2008 Burma/Myanmar? Independence Day

1948-2008 Burma/Myanmar

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

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

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

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

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

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LOOK! There was an MI Myanmar Military Intelligence Agent Provocator with long hair holding a very long stick.

People saw the military issued singlet under wear under some of the fake monks. Sometimes we could see the military boots they were wearing. What a shame Phut Kyar Killer Tatmadaw.

I dream of speaking with DSAI, former D.P.M. of Malaysia

I dream of

speaking with

DSAI, former D.P.M. of Malaysia  

 

I was trying to get a chance to have an interview with the former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim (many Malaysians affectionately referred him in a short form as DSAI) also since last year.

Burma Digest Chief Editor was eager to get this interview as he is famous for his bright ideas, brilliant oratory skills and is known internationally and highly respected for his principled stance against corruption, for his skillful management of the Malaysian economy, as an ardent supporter of democracy and for his authoritative voice bridging the gap between East and West. He is regarded as one of the forefathers of the Asian Renaissance and a leading proponent of greater cooperation among civilizations. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1993-1998. Served as Minister of Finance for Malaysia from 1991-1998. He is an internationally renowned speaker on the subjects of democracy, freedom, good governance, Islam and democracy and the need for accountability.

Strangely, I have this unusual dream of getting a chance to have a face-to-face interview with DSAI. As the dream was like a real life-like and I could recall each and every word answered by DSAI in the dreams, I decided to record all of them in detail here.

I hereby wish to apologize Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim, his family and the political party from the bottom of my heart for dragging DSAI’s name in my dreams and this article.

I hope all of the concerned personalities could kindly understand and forgive me for daring to dream and write about this interview, which never materialized or happened in the real world.

Beware this is just fictional, not real.

BURMA DIGEST: Dear Datuk Sri, thank you very much for allowing us to interview.  His Excellency Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim…You are welcome. Question…As Datuk Seri is well known internationally as an ardent supporter of democracy, we wish to know your views based on democratic principles, regarding Burma’s present and future. 

Answer…Most of the people around the world just uttered the word democracy without knowing the essence of democracy. Let’s focus on the fundamentals of democracy such as human rights, individual freedom, good governance, and rule of law. 

Question…Burmese Military Generals are trying to hook wink the people of Burma, Governments around the world and United Nations with their “Seven Steps Road-map for democracy”. How do you see that road map? 

Answer…Most of the dictators around the world and even the Socialist and Communist leaders used to claim that they are practicing democracy to sugar coat their bitter pills of authoritarian rule of undemocratic governments. 

Question…They had ignored the results of the 1990 election where opposition won 85% of the seats. However, they are now preparing for the referendum and another election. 

Answer… The true cultivation of democracy requires more than simply the introduction of elections. It also requires the establishment of a democratic process and a levelling of the political playing field.

Now they had refused to honour the election they themselves had held because people rejected their Military affiliated party and had given mandate to the opposition. It is a blatant insult to the wisdom of the Burmese people and against the basic concepts of democracy.

If some one is regarded to be unreliable and broken the promise, especially if that person is the leader of a country, how could we trust them again?  If the Burmese people rejected their referendum and or the election, what is the Military Junta going to do?  Do they dare to promise the people of Myanmar and the whole world including the UN that they would just quietly withdraw peacefully to their barracks, like their previous leader General Saw Maung of SLORC had promised before the 1990 elections?The Generals must allow the free and fair competition among political parties.The election authorities and election officials must be independent, impartial, and effective in guaranteeing free and fair elections.

Question…In the Full or true democracy, how should SPDC conduct the referendum and or the election? General Ne Win’s Burmese Socialist Programme Party had legalized his authoritian, dictatorial military rule with the referendum and the elections before.They are trying to hook wink the whole Burma/Myanmar with the “Seven steps of Road map to democracy.” But the catch word of SPDC is “Guided” or “Disciplined” Democracy.  

Answer…I want to stress again my words, Holding the elections regularly is not enough. We need the establishment of a democratic process and a levelling of the political playing field.  The basic characteristics of democratic system must be instituted and followed such as:

  1. There must be plurality

  2. We must allow multi-political parties even if based on different races and religions

  3. There must be no intimidation of the candidates.

  4. There must be no intimidation of the oppositions; there must be no threats or restrictions on all the candidates and parties.

  5. All the citizens must be allowed to participate in the election process, voting as well as standing as a candidate or people’s representative.

  6. There must be an independent unbiased Election Commission.

  7. I strongly recommend a UN Election Watch Dog.

  8. The opposition must be given a free hand to campaign.

  9. The opposition must be allowed access and usage of mass media even if it is controlled by the military government.

  10. And all must accept the result of the elections whether any one win or loss.

  11. Voters must be able to freely choose their preferred candidates/parties without interference

Question…Just look at the Seven steps of Democratization of SPDC Junta. Are they conforming to the fundamentals of democracies? 

Answer… The most important thing in the democracy is to respect and recognize each and every person’s rights, minority races, minority religions, workers, women, children including handicapped persons etc.  

  1. And those minorities’ rights must be protected from the “bullies” of the majority.

  2. The National Convention should have been conducted in a more meaningful way and a more inclusive or all-inclusive process.

  3. All the people of Myanmar/Burma must be allowed to be participated by representation.   

  4. NLD, all the oppositions, civil society, ethnic minorities and minority religious groups must be allowed to be participated or allowed to present an open official stands, give suggestions, requests or objections.

  5. I heard that anyone commenting about the National Convention could be prosecuted.

Then only it could be called democratic and could be accepted by the people of Burma and the   International Community.  

Question… Delegates to the Convention were chosen by the SPDC and the Fundamental human rights and democratic requirements of the delegates are fulfilled in the convention. There were no sign of a genuine process of political transition to a real democracy. 

Answer… Yes the delegates to the Convention should be freely chosen and it should proportionally reflect the results of the 1990 elections.Some of the delegates were arrested for the activities carried out in relation to the Convention. Moreover, some were expelled or barred from the Convention for what they say or advocate peacefully.  

Question…SPDC Generals accused that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD are stubborn and radical. What is your comment, how do you see them?   

Answer…I think that NLD and Daw Suu are pragmatic.

  1. They keep on saying that they could forgive and forget the past wrong doings and she is especially promoting Loving Kindness. The 1990 election they won is the real fact, no one including SPDC Generals could deny.

  2. Student leaders are also telling that they did not wish to revenge or even mention about their sufferings but asking for true and meaningful dialogue and National Reconciliation.

  3. Re-arresting the student leaders and continued arresting Daw Suu, NLD, opposition members and leaders do not show that the Generals have good faith or that they are sincerely changing towards a real democracy.

 Question…But the whole world leaders especially ASEAN leaders are seems to be believe them and just supporting their claim to give more time. 

Answer…No! The whole world knows that Myanmar Generals are just buying time or procrastinating and giving lame excuses to keep on staying in power.  ASEAN and other world leaders are just trying to be polite and diplomatic only. On the other hand, some neighbours just closed their one eye to continue exploit Burma. No one believes the SPDC Generals. I wish to quote Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels  “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” And the person telling the lies also started to believe that he is telling the truth because that person is also unknowingly trapped in the illusion he had made.So SPDC is saying these over and over and over and over again, and hoping that the Burmese people and the whole world will believe it, and that’s their strategy.This propaganda technique is called “The Big Lie”. 

Question…What are the other facts that may pull down the SPDC’s future Guided or Disciplined democracy to a lower level or to the bottom of the ratings:  

Answer… In the SPDC’s Guided or Disciplined democracy:

  1. The censorship of the print and online media is worse in the world ranking now and there is no indication of relaxation in a near future. All the Media must be free.

  2. The SPDC government policies is currently favoring one race and religion in the Military  and Government ignoring the ethnic minorities and minority religious groups.

  3. There are no signs of freeing the political prisoners and there is no promise of not to continue the practice of re-arresting the freed political prisoners because of their peaceful political activities.

  4. If they want to be recognized as moving towards the true democracy, they must allow individual freedom and especially the political freedoms. SPDC must allow the freer level of democratic development.

  5. SPDC must respect the Civil Rights of all the citizens.

  6. There must be good Governance free of Corruption.

  7. There must be Rule of law not Rule by Law.

  8. Political participation of all citizens must be allowed.

  9. Civil liberties must be allowed by SPDC.

  10. All the restrictions of SPDC on political parties must be stopped. SPDC Junta is not showing any signs or indications of reducing this oppression at the present and because of that, the opposition groups in Burma/Myanmar are fragmented and ineffective.

  11. There must be a legitimate, non-arbitrary, transparent process to amend the constitution and laws.

  12. Burmese People’s rights to demonstrations and assembly must .be recognized.