The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) notified Burmese Overseas Patriots (OBP) after their immigration passes expired to leave the island without giving them reasons. The OBP members revealed their concerns of Burma’s overall political crisis and reconciliation, obviously the distress expressed by Burmese in Singapore is basis of anxiety to the PAP who are protecting their Asean “wicked family member” being the Than Shwe regime.
Since July 2008 Burmese Overseas Patriots had been departing Singapore in batches. Many studied in Singapore and chose to build their lives in the island which they consider their second home. They made a choice to live in harmony within a multi-racial society evidently Singapore was a misstop as the Burmese emotional side does not match the PAP’s extravagant vision.
During the Burmese referendum at St Martin’s Drive in April 2008, thousands of Burmese arrived to their embassy where officials repeatedly refused to accept Burmese voters due to a “shortage of ballots paper”. Only Burmese with invitations to vote were admitted. The ones refused admittance “were not invited to cast their vote”, in majority they were not granted an invitation although they had their right to vote as abiding tax payers to the Than Shwe government. There are about 80,000 adult Burmese and about 3,000 junta’s supporters were the only ones permitted to vote.
On referendum day Mr Moe was one of the few Burmese interviewed by; Channel News Asia, Today Newspaper and The Straits Times newspaper on that particular day Mr Moe highlighted the process of the May’08 referendum was neither free nor fair, he was the proof of that, he was not allowed to vote.
The referendum was skillfully and conveniently organized by the Myanmar Embassy and Burmese innocently anxious for a change to their home government attended the event which turned into a deal to deport Burmese activists giving the PAP’s government the opportunity to ingeniously take action and have played the Burmese junta’s game callously and successfully.
Several months ago Burmese from Singapore moved to several countries in fear of facing discriminatory laws and inhumane punishment if they return to Burma. They want to live a life in freedom, where they can be themselves, where their thinking is not a threat to the government but an asset to development. They are seeking for a better life now.
Mr Moe Kyaw Thu has earned his living in Singapore for over a decade, he has been working with Sembawang Engineers and Constructors Pte Ltd as a supervisor at the MRT Circle Line Stage 5 which is one of the National projects in Singapore. He will leave the island next January 2009 due to his honest anxieties about his country home, his Singapore working permit was rejected after few appeals.
Mr Moe appealed to MOM on his own way, he stated in his appeal that he has no police record of any kind and he has fully respected the laws of Singapore whist he has been working in Singapore. Mr Moe sent his appeal to MOM’s Mdm Chow Choon Yen Assistant Director from Work Pass Division. It was roughly rejected without providing any reason and ecoing the same statement on each rejection, “We have reviewed your appeal but regret that it is not successful. Our decision to reject your appeal still stands.” Chow replied.
The same scenario is presented for Mr Win Kyaw a 38yso technical supervisor facing the same charge from MOM. Despite their employers wanting to retain them as they are multi-skilled employees for the companies’ benefits, the work-permits repeatedly were denied.
Singapore PAP discriminatory generalize a particular community with the following statement from the Singapore Ministry of Home Affair (MHA) “The right of foreign national to work or stay in Singapore is not a matter of entitlement by political demand. Foreigners who work or live here are expected to at least respect the law and local sensitivities in Singapore.” Today – Friday August 8, 2008.
In spite of the MHA’s statement, Burmese nationals are being told to leave Singapore without any specific reasons treating the whole group’s behavior as unique for each individual. They are not only told to leave they get escorted to the nearest border to make sure the person leaves the island.
For the only reason of supporting the Orchard Road “Listen to Burma’s Desire” walk, for attending the referendum without invitation and Burmese citizens daring to speak their unhappiness to the press the Than Shwe’s law must be complied as per their crystal ball.
The unlawful Than Shwe’s Constitution Referendum Law announced February 27 establishes a three-year imprison for disrupting the referendum and Article 5 (j) of the State Emergency Protection Act and Article 124 (a) of the State Offence Act, which are often used by the authorities to charge long years imprison on political dissidents.
That is 3 years under the “dictated Law” but as the fragile junta’s strength follows the crystal ball the law is and has been altered to 65 years jail term.
Singaporean Human Rights Duplicity
Siding with the military regime inhumane and undemocratic rulings, the PAP’s government is absolutely in contrast with the Asean Charter’s principles which states under “Asean Human Rights Body”; In conformity with the purposes and principles of the ASEAN Charter relating to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedom, ASEAN shall establish an ASEAN human rights body.
PAP should adopt the approved inspiration of the Asean Charter realistically on Burmese issues such as adherence to the principles of democracy, the rule of law and good governance, respect for and protection of human rights and fundamental freedom.