Sunday, May 24, 2009

Burma: Peace virgil for Aung San Suu Kyi

Hi Friends,

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Edmund Burke Irish orator, philosopher, & politician (1729 - 1797)

I have used Burke’s quotation more than a few times in my posts about Burma’s actions against its own people and against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. I still feel that its use is appropriate as the regime remains intransigient and despotic.

I have written so many posts about Burma that one may be forgiven if one thinks I have a personal “ axe to grind” with its rulers. I have neither family nor commercial ties with Burma. In fact the nearest I have been to Burma was probably Chiang Mai or Bangkok.

The only Burmese I know are humble hardworking folks, including competent operating theatre nurses, helpful IT engineers who solve my computer problems and the amiable doctors whom I meet at regional medical conferences. I know many who actually become solid Singapore citizens who add positively to our so-called hardworking “Asian” work-ethics.

Gerald Giam had eloquently written recently to the ST Forum and I shall also link his blog-post about the recent events regarding Daw Aung and the Burmese regime. Read here
I have posted extensively about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese regime over the past few years and I shall just link it for those who want to read them.

1. Does Myanmar deserve ASEAN? July 13 2006
2. Aung San Suu Kyi: Yet another year in detention! May 26, 2007
3. Myanmar's brave Buddhist clergy and personal thoughts on peaceful protest September 24, 2007
4. Burma’s despotic regime has crossed the line September 27, 2007

5. Myanmar needs our support… but the silence is deafening. September 25, 2007
6. ASEAN's rebuke of Burma welcomed but more action needed September 29, 2007
7. Havel, Walesa and Tutu:Living proof that evil does not always triumph September 30, 2007
8. Why No Singaporean question and no Singaporean marches. October 10, 2007

9. Burma: Time for healing November 10, 2007
10. Burma fools the world (again) February 20, 2008
11.Burma's cyclone disaster: Time for unconditional giving May 06, 2008
12. Burma’s xenophobic actions leave me almost speechless! May 09, 2008
13. ASEAN, please expel Burma May 19, 2008

14. Burma continues crackdown while the world looks the other way November 20, 2008
15. Action from UN needed for Burma and Zimbabwe! December 04, 2008

I fervently support Singapore and ASEAN doing more for Daw Aung.

Hence I was very disappointed that we had gone out of the way to welcome a Burmese leader here recently and even naming an orchid after him. I think it would have been understandable if we had extended per functionary diplomatic courtesies but there was no need to bend backwards ( or in this case “bend forward”) for them. Why so "pal-ly" with a pariah of the world?

I strongly support the Peace Virgil for Aung San Suu Kyi organised by Maruah (Singapore Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism. ) to be held at 5.30pm on May 31 at Speakers’ Corner.

I hope all Singaporeans, even those who classify themselves as “non-political” will see that this is a non-partisan cause that all who love peace can support.

I will be there and I will be in Yellow!

Peace to Burma. Justice for all.

Dr.Huang Shoou Chyuan

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