What is the meaning of Asian Value?

Five Burmese ethnic political parties which won 57 seats out of 1,160 seats in the Burma election called on Western nations to lift sanctions against the Burmese military regime which was followed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which praised the election on November 2010 as “conducive and transparent”. Those demands to the western nations proved that ASEAN has no moral value at all.

Let see what was happened before November election:

  1. Main political party NLD faced the pressure to fire its own leaders including General Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi.
  2. Political prisoners are still in the prisons before and after the election
  3. UN and foreign observers were not allowed to monitor the election
  4. Government party USDP only has all the privilege to access direct government funding, infrastructure, transportation, prosperities, full help from local authorities, free to go any where for the party organizational trips
  5. On the other hand, opposition political parties were facing intimidation and blockage to access to the people, they had to apply permission from the police station, local authorities to give a speech, blocked to get donation from foreign countries, some potential ethnic leaders were refused to register as political parties or as an individuals, prevented some potential ethnic parties for campaign trips.
  6. Forced to join USDP for government employees
  7. Threat of arrest if not vote for USDA
  8. The acting government Prime Minister was appointed as USDP Chairman before the election.  As a result USDP party got all the privilege from the regime.

On the Election Day:

  1. Opposition parties members were not allowed to monitor the voting places
  2. But USDA party members were allowed to get into the voting places and ignored when they openly pressure the voters to vote for them
  3. After voting period end, opposition party members were not allowed to watch the counting of ballots.  All the counting were not made public but counted by election commission appointed by the regime.
  4. Some candidates were announced as winners at voting day but they were informed the next day that USDP candidate was a winner.
  5. Many political parties agreed that the election was a sham and announced that they would not recognize the election result.
  6. In addition, recorded cheating system called pre-voting (advance voting) system designed to cheat openly by adding ballots as advance voting to favor USDA candidates who lost in the election day. Opposition party s candidates were not allowed in the counting process only election commission members counted the votes with no transparency. It is obvious that the election was rigged. Continue reading “What is the meaning of Asian Value?”

Junta issues arrest warrant for Bawk Ja of NDF

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 21:47 KNG
An arrest warrant has been issued by the Burmese military junta for Daw Bawk Ja, representative of the National Democratic Force (NDF) party for the country’s northern Kachin State, said sources close to her.

Her arrest warrant was issued on January 17 in Myitkyina, capital of Kachin State by Brig-Gen Zeyar Aung, the junta’s Northern Regional Commander (Ma-Pa-Kha), the sources added.

ndf-bawk-jaBawk Ja, Kachin representative of NDF party. Photo: Kachin News Group

A day after issuing her arrest warrant, police in Myitkyina formed three search squads to nab Daw Bawk Ja— G-1 for Hpakant jade mining township, G-2 for Danai (Tanai) township and G-3 for Myitkyina township, said sources close to the police to the Thailand-based Kachin News Group.

It is not clear why commander Brig-Gen Zeyar Aung issued the arrest warrant for Daw Bawk, local sources close to her said.

An ethnic Kachin woman, Daw Bawk Ja contested the 2010 November 7 election as people’s representative of the Hpakant jade mining township nominated by the NDF, which was formed after the National League for Democracy Party (NLD) led by pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, split before the polls.

Bawk Ja recently told KNG she won the election in Hpakant defeating her rival the former Northern Regional Commander U Ohn Myint of the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) but the Union Election Commission officially declared U Ohn Myint the winner.

Regarding the fraud over the results relating to U Ohn Myint, Daw Bawk Ja sent an official letter of complaint to the Union Election Commission (UEC) in Naypyitaw capital of Burma on January 7, laying her claim as the victor. She demanded a fresh announcement that she was the winner from the Hpakant constituency from the EC.

Daw Bawk Ja has stood firmly behind Kachin farmers, who sued the Yuzana Company over illegal land seizure in Hukawng Valley in the court in October last year.

Till Wednesday evening, Daw Bawk Ja had not been arrested, a source close to her told KNG.


BCIM forum to focus on regional connectivity


The Forum of Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) on Wednesday agreed on the need to improve the cooperation mechanism, which would feature a multi-track initiative with track I coordination, to promote regional prosperity and harmony.

The two-day, ninth meeting of the Forum, which concluded in the Kunming city of the Yunan province, agreed to rename the “Forum of Bangladesh China, India and Myanmar on Regional Economic Cooperation” as “Bangladesh China India and Myanmar Regional Cooperation Forum.”

Launched in 1999, the Kunming initiative, which later evolved into the BCIM Forum, has so far been a track II initiative. Continue reading “BCIM forum to focus on regional connectivity”

Myanmar authorities free six Thais earlier detained for illegally fishing

Myanmar authorities free six Thais earlier detained for illegally fishing

วันพฤหัสบดี ที่ 20 ม.ค. 2554
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TAK, Jan 20 – Myanmar authorities on Thursday released six Thai villagers arrested yesterday while they fished in the neighbour’s territory after deciding that the detainees were not spies of an armed ethnic Karenni group.

Tak Governor Samart Loifa said the six Thai nationals were freed Thursday morning.

Eight Thai villagers were detained Wednesday morning at Ban Huay Pho Moo Bor in Myanmar territory for illegally fishing in Myanmar waters, the Myanmar side of the Moei River border.

One detainee told the Thai troops who accompanied them on their return to the kingdom that, during the arrest, all of them were forced to carry artillery shells and were also interrogated to determine whether they were spies of an armed Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) faction.

Two of the eight, he said, escaped detention and crossed the border into Thai territory Wednesday afternoon.

Border clashes between DKBA faction and Myanmar government forces erupted along the border shortly after the country’s general election Nov 7 last year, forcing several thousand local Myanmar ethnic Karenni residents crossed the border into Thailand’s Tak and Kanchanaburi provinces to seek shelter during the fighting. But they later returned to their homeland when the clashes ended.

Following the case of eight Thais, the Tak governor warned residents living along the Thai-Myanmar border not to go fishing nor collect forest produce in the neighbour’s territory to avoid being arrested. He warned also of the danger from landmines scattered in the area. (MCOT online news)


All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) -Niknayman

ေက်ာင္းသားတပ္မေတာ္ All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) မွ ကြယ္လြန္သြားေသာ ရဲေဘာ္ သန္းလြင္ စ်ာပန အခမ္းအနား ဖိတ္ႀကားလႊာ။

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံလုံးဆိုင္ရာ ေက်ာင္းသားမ်ား ဒီမိုကရက္တစ္ တပ္ဦး (မကဒတ) ေက်ာင္းသားတပ္မေတာ္ All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) မွ ကြယ္လြန္သြားေသာ ရဲေဘာ္ သန္းလြင္ စ်ာပန အခမ္းအနား ဖိတ္ႀကားလႊာ။

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံလုံးဆိုင္ရာ ေက်ာင္းသားမ်ား ဒီမိုကရက္တစ္ တပ္ဦး (မကဒတ) ေက်ာင္းသားတပ္မေတာ္ All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) http://www.absdf8888.org/





What is your [the New Mon State Party (NMSP)] view on the call for a second Panglong conference?

NMSP’s executive committee Nai Tala Nyi 


Panorkkyar, Rai Maraoh: Question: : What is your [the New Mon State Party (NMSP)] view on the call for a second Panglong conference?
A: : The NMSP welcomes a second Panglong conference because the second Panglong conference is based on democracy and self-determination, and also national reconciliation.

Q : : How would you respond to claims that a 2nd Panglong conference would do more harm than good?
A: : The Burmese regime governs through Burmanization and through a dictatorship. The process of a Panglong conference is completely opposed to the Burmese government’s methods for rule so they would have to make a claim like that. Continue reading “What is your [the New Mon State Party (NMSP)] view on the call for a second Panglong conference?”

CEFU hold their 2nd meeting and ethnic conference

January 19th, 2011

IMNA : The Committee for the Emergency of a Federal Union (CEFU) held an ethnic conference during their second meeting near Chiangmai, at the Thai-Burma border from January 11-14th.

Nai Handar, the committee’s secretary explained that the ethnic groups, Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC), National Democratic Force (NDF) and Union League for Democracy – Liberated Area (ULD-LA) all attended the conference.

“During the conference, the committee worked on forming political groups to represent the different ethnic minorities. The committee is working together with the democracy groups and we [the CEFU] will fight for democracy, politics, war, and diplomacy,” said Nai Handar.

“If the Burmese military attacks us, armies who are not included in our group [the CEFU] can help anyway. We have not yet specified how we will help each other,” Nai Handar added.

He also noted that the CEFU has agree to lead the 2nd Panglong conference with democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

“We have the same objectives as Daw Su, and we encourage and welcome her,” Nai Handar said.

Included in the CEFU are the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), Karen National Union  (KNU), Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), Chin National Front (CNF), New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Shan State Progress Party (SSPP). This group is looking for equal opportunity and instant self-determination, as well as national reconciliation.

The first meeting of the CEFU was held on November 4, 2010 in anticipation of the  November 7, 2010 elections in Burma. All parties included in the CEFU boycotted the elections, which were the first in Burma to be held in 20 years.

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