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Singapore: Singapore Asks Burmese Activists To Leave The Country

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SINGAPORE: Persistent defiance of the laws, not political pressure from the Burmese government, was the reason why a number of Burmese nationals working or studying in Singapore were asked to leave when their immigration passes expired.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng said this in a written reply to a question tabled by nominated MP Eunice Olsen at this week’s sitting of Parliament.

She asked if Burma’s military rulers had pressured or requested the government to clamp down on anti-junta activists and deny them residence in Singapore.

In his reply, released Wednesday (17 Sept), Wong said the Burmese nationals disregarded Singapore laws by staging illegal activities, like outdoor protests, to pursue their political agenda.

This was despite repeated police advice to stick to lawful avenues.

Three Burmese nationals left Singapore for countries of their choice after their immigration passes were not renewed by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

When contacted for further details, the Home Affairs Ministry identified the individuals as being members of the Overseas Burmese Patriots (OBP).

An informal grouping of activists, the OBP emerged in October last year to raise awareness about the political situation in Burma.

Citing illegal activities that the group staged, the ministry said: “The OBP is by no means the only patriotic group in Singapore or the only group that has organised activities to express their concern about the situation in Myanmar (Burma). However, unlike other groups which have conducted their activities in a lawful manner, the OBP has chosen to do so in open and persistent defiance of our laws.’

One such activity was a street protest on 20 Nov last year during the Asean Summit. Some 40 people, carrying banners, walked down a pavement outside the Orchard Parade Hotel to voice their discontent with the junta.

Citing the incident, Wong said the group intentionally protested near the summit’s Shangri-La Hotel venue to court public and media attention.

“Their unlawful behaviour was an unnecessary distraction to our security forces and could have compromised the security arrangements for the summit delegates, some of whom were heads of Asean governments.”

Police investigated the incident and, after consulting the Attorney-General’s Chambers, “exercised leniency and administered stern warnings in lieu of prosecuting the offenders in court”, he said.

Reports said the three Burmese activists who left Singapore took part in this protest.

Wong said that while a vast majority of the 50,000-strong Burmese community had been law-abiding and expressed views in a lawful manner, a small group “chose to break the law and yet defiantly demand the right to stay in Singapore as an entitlement”.

“They have tried to politicise the issue through the media and through uninformed foreign groups, in the process distorting the actions to remove them from Singapore as being politically motivated.

“They hope that political pressure will force the authorities to accede to their demands to continue staying in Singapore. The ICA has rightly decided that such persons are undesirable, and that they should leave.”

Foreigners are expected to respect the laws and local sensitivities in the same way that Singaporeans abroad are obliged to do so, he said.

“Some of these Myanmar (Burmese) individuals have enjoyed education subsidies and other benefits but have chosen to repay this with disrespect for our laws and to defy the authorities,” he added.

When told of the latest government statements, OBP spokesman Myo Myint Maung, a Singapore Management University third-year student, indicated that there would be no change in his group’s position: “We will continue with our political agenda in the most appropriate way that will serve justice and democracy without endangering Singapore society.”

(By KOR KIAN BENG/ The Straits Times/ ANN)

MySinchew 2008.09.18
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ျမန္မာအခ်ိဳ႕အား ဗီဇာတိုးမေပးသည့္ကိစၥ စင္ကာပူဝန္ႀကီး ရွင္းလင္း

RFA (Burmese)
2008-09-17

စင္ကာပူမွာ အလုပ္လုပ္ေနတဲ့ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသားတခ်ိဳ႕ကို ဗီဇာသက္တမ္း ထပ္မတိုးေပးတာနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး အဲဒီပုဂၢိဳလ္ေတြဟာ စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံအတြက္ မလိုလားအပ္သူေတြလို႔ စင္ကာပူ ျပည္ထဲေရးဝန္ႀကီးက Wong Kan Seng က ေျပာဆိုလိုက္ပါတယ္။
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စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံရွိ ျမန္မာသံ႐ံုးေရွ႕တြင္ ႀကိဳတင္ ဆႏၵမဲေပးရန္ ဧၿပီ ၂၇ရက္က စု႐ံုးေရာက္ရွိေနေသာ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသားမၽား ျဖစ္ၿပီး အခၽိဳ႕က NO အမွတ္အသားပါ အနီေရာင္ ဦးထုပ္၊ တီရွပ္မၽား ဝတ္ဆင္ထားပါသည္။ (Photo: AFP)

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ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသား အလုပ္သမားနဲ႔ ေကၽာင္းသားတခ်ိဳ႕ ရဲ့ ဗီဇာသက္တမ္းတိုးတဲ့ ကိစၥနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး ပါလီမန္မွာ ေမးျမန္းခ်က္ကို ျပည္ထဲေရးဝန္ႀကီးက စာနဲ႔ ေရးသား ေျဖၾကားခဲ့တာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒီေဆာင္႐ြက္ခ်က္ဟာ ဘယ္လို ႏိုင္ငံေရးဖိအားေၾကာင့္ ေဆာင္႐ြက္ျခင္း မဟုတ္ေၾကာင္း၊ ဗီဇာ သက္တမ္းဆက္ၿပီး မတိုးေပးျခင္းဟာ စင္ကာပူ ဥပေဒကို ခ်ိဳးေဖာက္သူ၊ ႏိုင္ငံအတြက္ မလိုလားအပ္သူေတြ ႏိုင္ငံက ထြက္ခြာသြားသင့္သူေတြသာ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သူတို႔ကို ဗီဇာမေပးတာဟာ လူဝင္မႈႀကီးၾကပ္ေရးဌာနရဲ့ မွန္ကန္တဲ့ ဆံုးျဖတ္ခၽက္ျဖစ္တယ္လုိ႔ ပါလီမန္မွာ ေျဖၾကားခဲ့တာပါ။

ခုလို ဗီဇာသက္တမ္း ထပ္မေပးသူေတြဟာ စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံေရာက္ ျမန္မာေတြရဲ့ စစ္အစိုးရကို ဆန္႔က်င္ေရး လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြမွာ ပါဝင္ေနၾကသူေတြ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ စင္ကာပူေရာက္ ျမန္မာေတြရဲ့ ေျပာျပခၽက္အရ ဗီဇာသက္တမ္း ထပ္မတိုးေပးတဲ့ အတြက္ အနည္းဆံုး ျမန္မာသံုးဦး ကေမာၻဒီးယားနဲ႔ ထိုင္းႏိုင္ငံကို ထြက္ခြာသြားရၿပီး ျဖစ္တယ္လို႔ ဆိဳပါတယ္။

စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံမွာ အျမဲတမ္းေနထိုင္ခြင့္ ရရွိထားသူေတြကို ဗီဇာသက္တမ္း တခါတိုးေပးပါက အရင္က ၅ႏွစ္သက္တမ္း တိုးေပးတာျဖစ္ၿပီး အခုေတာ့ ျမန္မာတခ်ိဳ႕ကို တႏွစ္စီသာ တိုးေပးၿပီး တခ်ဳိဳ႕ကိုေတာ့ ဗီဇာသက္တမ္း လံုးဝ မတိုးေပးတာေၾကာင့္ စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံကေန ထြက္ခြာရျခင္းျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

ဒီကိစၥနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး စင္ကာပူေရာက္ ျမန္မာေကၽာင္းသားတဦးျဖစ္တဲ့ ကိုမ်ိဳးျမင့္ေမာင္ကေတာ့ စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံအတြင္း ျမန္မာေတြရဲ့ စစ္အစိုးရဆန္႔ကၽင္ေရး လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြထဲမွာ တႀကိမ္တခါပဲ တရားမဝင္ ေဆာင္႐ြက္ခဲ့တာမ်ဳိးရွိတယ္လို႔ ေျပာပါတယ္။

ကိုမၽိဳးျမင့္ေမာင္။         ။ “ဒီ Orchard (ျမန္မာသံ႐ံုးအနီးရွိ လမ္းမႀကီး) မွာ ဆႏၵျပခဲ့တာကလြဲလို႔ ကၽန္တဲ့ လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြအားလံုးဟာ စင္ကာပူ ဥပေဒနဲ႔အညီ ရဲရဲ႕ ပါမစ္ယူၿပီးေတာ့ လုပ္ခဲ့တာေတြ အမ်ားႀကီးပဲ။ ေနာက္ဆံုး Orchard မွာ ဆႏၵမျပခင္ သံုးရက္အလိုမွာ ျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့တဲ့ Peninsular Excelsior ဟိုတယ္မွာ လုပ္ခဲ့တဲ့ပြဲ ဆိုရင္ေတာင္မွ စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံက အေ႐ြးခံထားရတဲ့ အမတ္ PAP အမတ္ေပါ့ေနာ္ မစၥ္ အိုင္ရင္း အန္ဆိုတဲ့ အမၽိဳးသမီးကိုယ္တုိဳင္က တက္ခဲ့တဲ့ ပြဲမ်ိဳးပါ။”

“ဒီဟာေၾကာင့္ ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔က police permit (ရဲပါမစ္) ေတြကို ေတာက္ေလွ်ာက္ အျမဲတမ္းယူခဲ့တယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ဒီ အာဆီယံ summit (ထိပ္သီးအစည္းအေဝး) လြန္ခဲ့တဲ့ ႏိုဝင္ဘာ ၂ဝ ေပါ့ေနာ္၊ အာဆီယံ summit ပြဲမွာ ျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့တဲ့ ဆႏၵျပမႈ တခုတည္းသာလွ်င္ ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔ဟာ စင္ကာပူ ဥပေဒကို ခ်ိဳးေဖာက္လိုက္တာ က်သြားတယ္။ သို႔ေသာ္လည္း အဲဒီ ခ်ိဳးေဖာက္ၿပီးတဲ့ေနာက္မွာ စင္ကာပူ အစိုးရဖက္ကေန၊ ရဲဖက္ကေန ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔ကို ဝမ္နင္ေတြ ေပးလာတယ္၊ အဲဒါနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္လို႔ ေနာက္မွာ ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔ အလားတူ ခ်ိဳးေဖာက္တဲ့ အခ်င္းအရာမၽိဳး ဘာမွ ထပ္မလုပ္ေတာ့ဘဴး။”

စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံတြင္းရွိ ျမန္မာေတြရဲ့ လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး တခ်ိဳ႕ေသာ လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြမွာ အာဏာပိုင္ေတြရဲ့ အားေပးကူညီမႈေတြ ပါဝင္ေနတယ္လို႔ ယူဆႏိုင္ေၾကာင္း ဒါေပမဲ့ ခုလိုစင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံရဲ့ သေဘာထား ခ်က္ျခင္းေျပာင္းၿပီး ျမန္မာစစ္အစိုးရကို ဆန္႔က်င္သူေတြကို ဖိႏွိပ္လာတာဟာ ျမန္မာစစ္အစိုးရရဲ့ ဖိအား ပါႏိုင္တယ္လို႔ သံုးသပ္သူေတြလည္း ရွိေနၾကပါတယ္။

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