Letters to the Editor — August, 2011
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Letters to the Editor — August, 2011

By THE IRRAWADDY Monday, August 29, 2011

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I would ask him if he knows his colleague, U Kyaw Min, who is a Rohingya member of the CRPP. Not only Rohingya, there are also hundreds of Rakhine from Arakan taking refuge in Bangladesh. His remark "How could they claim that they came from Burma, when in fact they come from Bangladesh?" is ridiculous. It seems that they are more interested in "Rohingya extermination" than the practice of democratic values and human rights for everyone in Burma.

Nurul Islam

Rohingyas Breeding to Colonize Burma

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

Two million Burmese migrants could not get citizenship in Thailand. So, why should the Chittagonian migrants receive citizenship in Burma? These Chittagonians increased their population exponentially with the practice of four wives per man over the last couple of decades. Within 50 years, the whole of Burma will be full of those Rohingya if their population, intrusion and colonization of Burma is not stopped. Most of them are poor and so are most Burmese. They might die in the sea along with the outcry of international communities. Lots of Burmese die in the sea in the fishing boats of Thais as well, but without any international outcry. Bad luck will fall upon Burma when these Chittagonians occupy the whole of Burma, and they will proceed to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and even Vietnam. This was the Muslims’ demographic colonization. True or not? Consult a historian.


Ridiculous Referendum

The New Light of Myanmar repeatedly says the referendum is the decision of the majority; It would be beautiful if it were really true? The New Light of Myanmar is a junta mouthpiece. No newspaper in Burma is allowed to exist if they do not side with the generals. Information is not free; it is rudely biased. This alone is a human rights violation. As a matter of fact, the New Light of Myanmar editor has to publish what the junta says. The newspaper press is full of military cronies writings articles to deliberately confuse the people and deceive the people with falsehoods—things that are not true and to discredit the opposition and belittle them. The newspaper is designed and written to brainwash the simple people who are not abreast with current happenings. The New Light of Myanmar says the referendum is the decision of the majority. This is bullshit. This is totally false. It is not the will of the people. The junta blames the NLD and everyone else for its failures and disastrous performance. The performance of the junta during the recent cyclone is an outstanding example. The country is not stable; never will be whilst the people are unhappy and forced and pushed and shoved into doing it their way or else. The generals talk of democracy without understanding the true meaning of the word. The delegates of the national convention were not a true representative of the people. Those who will say “yes” to the generals were hand-picked by them. The decisions made in the convention were undemocratic. The delegates were bulldozed into accepting whatever the generals put before them. The majority of people did not accept the outcome of the convention simply because it was unfair. The generals had the obligation to explain to the people the pros and cons of the convention; they avoided that and imposed an information blackout. The people were not allowed to examine the outcome of the convention. There was no freedom of speech, press, association, assembly or information. Government servants, civil servants, the armed forces and all workers employed by the government, who were not supposed to be aligned to any party, were actually forced and intimidated into voting "Yes" with promises of serious consequences if they voted “No.” The USDA was visiting ordinary people’s houses and forcing them to vote “Yes” one day prior to the voting day. These are not the democratic principles the junta has been proclaiming. Before the referendum, the junta promised the people that voting would be free and fair. The referendum voting was not democratic, nor free and fair by any means. In fact, it was grossly illegal the way the referendum was rigged disgracefully. Votes were stolen by the junta officials posted at the polling booths. The junta officials would approach simple people who did not understand and are fearful of these officials with cameras in their hand ready to blackmail them if they voted “No.” These officials would follow the voters into the polling booth and force them to vote “Yes.” The people were betrayed; the generals stole the referendum—without shame or conscience they proclaimed that they won the referendum by 92.8 percent.

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