Letters to the Editor — August, 2011
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George Than Setkyar Heine


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Turn Up the Volume

Regarding the article, "Gambari Meets NLD Executive Members, Including Suu Kyi" [February 2, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15047]:

A new light seems to shine against all odds as global concerns are growing about the human rights issue in Burma following the Nargis storm (May, 2008) and the Saffron Revolution (Sept 2007). It seems like the odds are stacked in Gambari’s favor—after failing a couple of times—to eventually persuade the stubborn regime into a tripartite dialogue for the first time: between the UN envoy, the regime, and members of the opposition. With its notorious belief in astrologers, the regime nevertheless might veer off track on a whim when time approaches. Who knows? Lies travel round the world while the truth is putting on its boots. Poor Gambari could possibly return empty-handed again. The truth is the change lies ahead on the shoulders of all Burmese. Not on one person’s only, and not only on one organization’s either. Exiles in third countries, rather than those who live in Burma, have more opportunity to raise voices for freedom. Many times our chanting of slogans does not seem loud enough to be heard from the White House, senators, governor offices or foreign embassies. We need to increase the volume. Let us not just bury our time and labor in warehouses and factories, merely for nepotism. Take a little time. And take a glance at your story briefly: where you come from, and why you are here? That may remind you of reality, your cities that you have left, your poor neighbors, and how the majority of Burmese struggle all their lives for daily food. He that fights and runs away, lives to fight another day. We have mighty power if we stick together.

Moe Kyu


No Faith in UN

Regarding the article, "Gambari Meets NLD Executive Members, Including Suu Kyi" [February 2, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15047]:

This meeting’s only purpose is to take photographs with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and to publish them. We hope that there will be no progress in the future. We believe that Mr Gambari will not send a report back to UN describing the real situation in Myanmar [Burma]. We are not depending on the UN to get freedom for our people from the military junta. Finally, we no longer trust either Mr Ban Ki-moon or Mr Gambari, the inefficient leaders of the UN.

Molly


Hugs and Kisses for Suu Kyi

Regarding the article, "Gambari Meets NLD Executive Members, Including Suu Kyi" [February 2, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15047]:

Finally, Mr Gambari meets with Mrs Suu Kyi, If I were there I would shake hands with her and hug and kiss her. I am so glad she is doing much better. Burmese people like her and her kids and her husband are so nice.

Andy Bowe


Malaysian Muslims Lead the Way

Regarding the article, "Malaysian Muslims to Boycott Coca-Cola" [January 7, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=1488]:

The Malaysian Muslims example should be followed by Muslims throughout the Muslim countries and the world.

Abdul Wahid Osman Belal


Aye Tha Aung in Denial

Regarding the article, "Rohingya Face More Hardships at Home, Abroad" [February 2, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15046]:

No surprise. U Aye Tha Aung is a Rakhine. He is still sitting with the spirit of the 1942 massacre where hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas were murdered by his group. Although he is a senior member in the CRPP, his mentality is still same as Aye Chan and Aye Kyaw. It is very sad that after many years working in the CRPP, he is still the same as before. What is the difference between him and the SPDC? Aye Tha Aung, you want human rights for yourself, but at the same time your heart is full of hatred for other people. The whole world is showing their sympathy toward the unfortunate Rohingya boat people, but you and your friends and the SPDC are still in a state of denial. Remember, sooner or later, only truth will prevail.

Sayed Hussein


Rakhine Politicians and the Rohingya

Regarding the article, "Rohingya Face More Hardships at Home, Abroad" [February 2, 2009; URL: http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=15046]:

I am not surprised about the Rakhine politician U Aye Tha Aung's statement that the Rohingya are not among the ethnic groups in Burma. He is one of those Rakhine politicians who are instrumental to the Rohingya extermination policy of the SPDC and the suffering of the Rohingya.



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