In an interview with Al Jazeera Aung Sang Suu Kyi Â clearly stated that she rejects calling Burma “Myanmar”. I wholeheartedly agree. Burma it is!
Aung San Suu Kyi: ‘There is no rule of law’
Myanmar’s opposition leader explains her vision for the country and why she seeks to become its next president.
Britain is preparing to teach strategy to the brutal Burmese army
Once considered the gem of South East Asia, Myanmar’s economy is regaining its lustre.
As Yangon witnesses an unprecedented expansion, many families have been driven out of the city by high rental prices.
We look at the winners and losers of the country’s political and economic reforms.
Myanmar is a country in transition. After years of unforgiving military rule its borders are beginning to open to outside scrutiny.
The march to freedom is being led by Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace laureate and chairperson of the opposition National League for Democracy.
She had returned to Burma in 1988 after years of living abroad, only to encounter a violent military dictatorship. She became the loudest voice calling for democracy and human rights.
Indonesia’s Islamic Defenders Front:
At least they’re honest. Â (JW)
Photo thanks toÂ The Religion of Peace.
Aung San Suu Kyi
It did not take the military junta long to recognise the threat she posed to them, and in 1989, the military government, which had renamed the country Myanmar, placed her under house arrest.
Aung San Suu Kyi spent the next 15 years in custody.
In 1991, her determination to win democracy was rewarded with the Nobel Peace Prize. But today, as she makes the transition from activist to full-time politician pursuing her goal of being president, Aung San Suu Kyi faces many challenges, including the fate of the Rohingya people.
Described by the UN as being amongst the most persecuted communities in the world, the Rohingya saw more than 125,000 people internally displaced in 2012. The Rakhine state is one of the most impoverished of Myanmar, and the waves of violence in the region have worsened conditions.
Aung San Suu Kyi has, however, been criticised for failing to speak out strongly in their defence.
Asked how she would describe what is happening there, she says, “I don’t know what is happening there, but what has always concerned me from the very beginning and I have talked about it often, but nobody seems to be really interested in it, is the lack of rule of law. I have always said that the first step we must take is to establish rule of law, that both communities may feel safe, and then we can progress towards a situation where we can talk over the problems and try to find lasting solutions. But when there is no rule of law and people are in fear of their life and their security, it is very difficult for them to be able to sit down and talk things over.”
Aung San Suu Kyi says she cannot decide what is done in the Rakhine state.
“I’m not part of the government …. I cannot say why there is no rule of law, but it is not for me to establish rule of law, I don’t have the authority. People forget that even as an opposition leader I am the leader of 44 MPs in a legislature of over 600, and yet they expect me to be able to do the things that only government really has the right or authority to do … I think this is the price you pay when you have received so much support and sympathy from the world all over, that they would expect you to live up to certain expectations, but I have never claimed that I could do everything I wanted in Burma,” she says.
She is close to realising her lifetime ambition of leading her country. But what is her vision for her country?
OnÂ Talk to Al Jazeera, we ask if can she navigate her way to power past the generals, some of whom may have taken off their uniforms, but others still wielding ultimate control.
The following blog entry comes from wandering Burmese Hla Oos:
Singapore Caps Muslim Numbers At 15% Last 50 Years
|A legal marriage of a Bengali-Muslim manÂ and a Burmese-Buddhist woman in Burma.
(She was force-converted to Islam later.)Republic of Singapore was established in 1965. Back then in 1965 Singapore had approximately 75% Chinese Buddhists and 15% Malay Muslims. Can anyone guess what the population ratio of Muslims in 2013 Singapore is after almost 50 long years?
No Large Scale Muslim Immigration is Allowed
Islamic Proselytizing By Interfaith Marriage is Legally Prohibited
|ROMM Singapore.To enforce that discriminatory law Singapore maintains two separate Marriage Registries. Registry of Muslim Marriages (ROMM) for Muslims and Registry of Marriage (ROM) for non-Muslims. The ROM is for every non-Muslims (both males and females) and Muslim women (yes Muslim females) to get freely married but polygamy is legally prohibited.|
The non-Muslim bride must go for strict year-long conversion course. Also rigorous interviews are made to the groom to ensure that he is fit to guide the new convert as a wife and as a fellow Muslim. The marriage between a Muslim man and a non-Muslim woman is allowed only after 1 year of proper conversion courses and the non-Muslim bride has willingly converted to Islam.
– NRIC (For Singaporean & Singapore PR) or passport for foreigners
Singapore Government strictly enforces Muslim Law Act (1968) and ROMM is one significant part of that act in keeping the Muslim population at roughly 15% of total 5.4 million Singaporeans.Please also read this articleÂ “Singapore’s Outdated National Security Policies”Â to understand Singapore’s justifiable paranoia of its huge Muslim neighbors Malaysia and Indonesia.
|Singapore armed-forces is the best-equipped conscript army in SE Aisa.|
Right now in Burma the 969 Buddhist Movement is loudly and aggressively calling nationwide for a law titled “Ah-myo-zount” (National Race Protection Act) to prevent the widespread forced and coerced conversions of Buddhist girls and women into Islam only after their marriages to Bengali-Muslim men.
|In Burma Bengali-Muslim men can freely marry up to
four Burmese-Buddhist women, and all Buddhist
wives are later force-converted to Islam.
(An illegal Bengali-Muslim man can create a massive
20-members Muslim family in just 10 years.)Bengali-Muslim population in Burma has rapidly expanded from under 4% in mid 1960s to almost 10% (or even massive 20% according to some aggressive Muslim groups) in 2012 and Burmese Buddhists need to stop that alarming and dangerous growth of Muslim population in Buddhist Burma.
We must not forget the tragic fact that our Burma with just 60 million populations is physically five times bigger than neighbouring Bangladesh with well over 180 million Muslims.
The rapid growth of Muslims in Burma is basically through the forced or coerced proselytizing by marriages of Burmese Buddhist females mostly very young girls to Bengali-Muslim men (the so-called Rohingyas) from the population-exploding and slowly-sinking Bangladesh.
The way Muslim men generally convert Buddhist women in Burma is forcefully or coercely converting their Burmese-Buddhist wives to Islam only after their marriages.
In almost every case of interfaith marriage between a Muslim man and a Buddhist girl or young woman in Burma the Muslim husband always persuaded his prospective Buddhist bride by promising or lying to her that he would allow her practice Buddhism even after their marriage. And only later the Muslim husbands forced or coerced their Buddhist wives to convert as their evil animist religion strictly demands.
Such a law will not be violating women’s rights as it still allows a Burmese-Buddhist woman to marry a Bengali-Muslim man if she really wants to marry him, but it will protect women’s rights by providing Burma’s Buddhist women with much needed protection from forced or coerced conversion to Islam by their Muslim husbands after their Islamic-proselytizing marriages.
|Ah-myo-zount Act (or) National Race Protection Law (Draft) in Burmese.|
|Bengali-Muslim illegals caught all over Burma.|
|Bengali-Muslim Imam Hussein, his four wives, and 30 children in Maungdaw.
(All taken care of by UNHCR, MSF, and other Islamic INGOs so eager to
rapidly increase the Muslim population to Islamize Buddhist Burma.)
Anti-Chinese Muslim Riots in Singapore’s Little India
Kidnap, Rape, and Forced Conversion of Buddhist Girls in Burma