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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

ျမန္မာအခ်ိဳ႕အား ဗီဇာတိုးမေပးသည့္ကိစၥ စင္ကာပူဝန္ႀကီး ရွင္းလင္း

RFA (Burmese)

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

ျ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။


World focus on Burma (18 September 2008)



Cyber attacks cripple opposition Myanmar media
International Herald Tribune, France –
“We think it has something to do with the Saffron Revolution,” the anti-government protests by thousands of Buddhist monks in Myanmar on Sept. …

Websites of three Burmese news agencies in exile under attack

Burmese activists protest on 20th anniversary of coup, India –
… and Japan held demonstrations condemning the junta for its military coup 20 years ago and call for the immediate political reformation in Burma.


A sea change in the balance of power in favor of China, India, Russia and other emerging states is wrecking European and US efforts to entrench human rights …

Haul Generals before the ICC: rights groups, India –
Villagers are too weak Burma is one of the poorest countries in the world,” continues the organization’s onslaught against the junta. …

Interview: Pinheiro calls for new strategy on Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
I think the creation by the secretary-general of a group of friends of Myanmar to support the activities of Mr. Gambari was a good initiative. …

NLD chairman sentenced to two years’ hard labour
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 18, 2008 (DVB)–San Chaung township National League for Democracy chairman U Thet Wei has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with hard labour. …

NLD youth members to quit over committee reform
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“One of the people chosen by the chairman, named Ko Aye Tun, said in the meeting that there is no Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the NLD,” she said. …

Tibet: One diaspora, two paths
ISN, Switzerland –

… among others, wondered if the protests were linked to two other issues that had made the headlines in the preceding months: Kosovo and Burma (Myanmar). …

A civil past and a political future?
Prague Post, Czech Republic –

By Markéta Hulpachová   Days after returning from a covert visit to a cyclone-stricken delta in south Burma, Šimon Pánek sits in his Prague office, …
Bulgaria Parliament Officially Endorses Prague Declaration
Sofia News Agency, Bulgaria –
The conference also focused on the necessity of EU’s support for those who fight for freedom in countries like Cuba, Belarus and Burma irrespective of any …

Christians launch campaign for lasting change in Burma

ChristianToday, UK –

Change for Burma! aims to raise public awareness of the brutality of the military regime, which it says is “guilty of every possible human rights violation” …

On eve of Saffron Revolution anniversary, Burma’s exiled news …

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

Burmese journalists—both inside and outside the country—have been worried about how Burma’s junta might deal with the anniversary of what has come to be …

A sense of foreboding

National Post, Canada –

We hadn’t forgotten Ahmadinejad and his nuclear ayatollahs, the jihadists, AIDS in Africa, Russia in Georgia, the junta in Burma, infant mortality, …

Freedom in US also brings challenges

Indianapolis Star, United States –

Burma has been renamed Myanmar by the country’s military dictatorship — though many people opposed to that regime continue to call the country by its older …

Singapore: Singapore Asks Burmese Activists To Leave The Country
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
“Some of these Myanmar (Burmese) individuals have enjoyed education subsidies and other benefits but have chosen to repay this with disrespect for our laws …

What’s changed in Burma in the past 20 years?
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
They are also beginning to lose confidence in the 20-year-long push for dialogue led by Aung San Suu Kyi. “Metta [negotiation] is not enough, armed struggle …

Uncle Sam, Sugar Daddy
Forbes, NY –
Since the overthrow of Saddam, America has increasingly sidelined the push for democracy, abandoned such terms as “regime change” and stooped to haggling …

Bo Kyi to receive human rights award
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Bo Kyi welcomed the award as an acknowledgement of the work of many activists working for human rights in Burma and said it could bring more international …

Burmese monk, exiled after making stand, adjusts to American life
Oakland Tribune, CA –
Clerics in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, depend on community alms for their survival. And they don’t ride bikes. “This is the United States,” Kovida …

AI seeks global pledge to curb small arms sale
Pakistan Dawn, Pakistan –
Whether used by the military in Myanmar to disperse protesters in September 2007, or by Somali armed factions terrorising the streets of Mogadishu, …

Thursday, September 25
International Herald Tribune, France –
1988 – Security forces kill 12 people and injure five others in Rangoon, Burma, as political unrest continues. 1992 – The first contingent of a 600-member …

Rangoon rent-a-witness
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Among the items seized from Win Maw were some legally-published books, some pictures of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, which are also legal, and a computer hard …

Campaign calls for lasting change for Burma
Inspire Magazine, UK –
The campaign also came one day before the 20th anniversary of the seizure of power by Burma’s current military junta, the latest in a succession of military …

Monk attemps suicide at most sacred temple, UK –
Associated Press, Johannesburg A Buddhist monk slashed his throat in a suicide attempt at Burma’s most sacred temple, the scene of several pro-democracy …

Global Women founds endowment, sets priorities at board meeting
Associated Baptist Press, FL –
… on “creating global friendships among women for shared learning and service while meeting needs of women in Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Central Asia, …

Thailand’s Crippled Government Appoints New Prime Minister, New Zealand –
… on Tuesday (September 16) after he failed to appear at a corruption trial for allegedly arranging a government loan to Burma’s military regime in 2004. …

It’s our collective duty to stand up against abortion
Daily Nation, Kenya –
That’s why the world condemned the despotic Burmese military junta for refusing to allow full-scale international humanitarian intervention to help victims …

Day 24 – Can Thai new PM reconcile with Anti-government protesters?



Thai Opposition against New PM Prensa Latina, Cuba –

New Thai PM appeals for unity, protesters stay put The Associated Press –

New Thai leader focuses on financial concerns The Associated Press –

Thailand’s homesick Thaksin bitter in exile International Herald Tribune, France –

Thai king endorses new premier Monsters and –

No problems in Thai Market Straits Times, Singapore –

Govt organising roadshows to restore confidence Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Chai to present to HM the King name of new PM this afternoon Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Thai police to tighten security to prevent rally clash Xinhua, China –

Thai new cabinet to be ready before Monday Xinhua, China –

Surapong to take political break Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Somchai to Be Endorsed as Thai Premier Amid Protests (Update1) Bloomberg –

Six Coalition Parties to Support Somchai as New Thai PM Yahoo, Thailand –

Protesters brand new Thai prime minister unfit San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –

Thai finance minister Surapong quits Reuters India, India –

Army will not intervene in selecting defence minister Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Thailand: Opposition Group Says No To New PM Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

Thai Political Uncertainty Increases `Risk’ to Growth (Update2) Bloomberg –

Govt urged to issue new economic stimulus measures Bangkok Post, Thailand –

THAILAND: Irked journos refuse to go on PAD’s stage Asia Pacific Media Network, CA –

Thailand’s new PM cannot fix political rift FinanceAsia, Hong Kong –

Thai protests will continue despite election of new PM Irish Times, Ireland –

Somchai Election Does Little To Close Thai Political Rift Forbes, NY –

Can he last? Bangkok Post, Thailand –

New Thai PM urges peace The Canberra Times, Australia –

New Thai PM calls for unity Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

Asia’s pickle with people power MorungExpress, India –

No need to inflame border dispute Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Background – What is the PAD? Radio France Internationale, France –
The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) is a protest coalition of conservative, urban, monarchist and military elements of Thai society formed to force …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 18, 2008 at 3:32 am

Irrawaddy / Khit Pyaing: website URL for temporary use

Dear Irrawaddy readers

We regret to inform you that the Irrawaddy Web site has been disabled since yesterday due to an attack that has also targeted a number of other exiled Burmese media groups.

This afternoon, our technical staff confirmed that our IP address has been blocked by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. Our technicians are now working to fix the problem.

Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the monk-led uprising known as the “Saffron Revolution.” We have received reports that Internet speeds in Burma have been very slow since yesterday, suggesting that there has been a concerted effort to prevent information from going into or out of the country.

We hope to be able to restore full service as soon as possible and will keep you informed of any further developments.

The Irrawaddy

* is a mirror site of


From Khit Pyaing to readers,

Dear readers: Here’s the temporary Khitpyaing Blog as the original site in still under maintenance. However, we will keep you informed when the original site is up and running. Sorry for the convenience.


Websites of three Burmese news agencies in exile under attack



Wednesday, 17 September 2008 21:02

Chiang Mai – The websites of three Burmese news agencies in exile – the Democratic Voice of Burma, The Irrawaddy and the New Era Journal – almost simultaneously have come under persistent and severe Distributed Denial of Services attack, leading to the websites becoming inaccessible since Wednesday afternoon.

DDoS attacks flooded the communication channel of web servers with data to an extent that the sites could no longer handle it. The attack is a blatant attempt to disable websites, by overwhelming the sites with information requests so that it cannot respond to regular traffic.

Surfers said the websites of the three Burmese news agencies had failed to respond to their request since Wednesday afternoon.

“It is pretty certain that we are under attack. We have been attacked at about 11 a.m. today,” Toe Zaw Latt, chief of DVB Thailand bureau told Mizzima.

Similarly, the Chiang Mai based ‘The Irrawaddy’ said its website has been facing problems since Tuesday evening.

“But technically, we could confirm it only today that we are being attacked,” Aung Zaw, Editor-In-chief of ‘The Irrawaddy’ told Mizzima.

The Bangkok based ‘New Era Journal’ also confirmed that its website had been facing an attack where surfers were unable to access the site.

The attack is the second for the Oslo based DVB in the past three months, after its website was down for several days due to a similar attack in July.

In July the Burmese website of Mizzima News, another Burmese news agency based in New Delhi, India, also suffered a similar DDoS attack.

The webmaster of the DVB said, it is difficult to determine the level of the attack and it is also difficult to predict when the sites will be accessible again.

“Though we do not know who is behind the attack, it is certain that the attacks are targeted,” Toe Zaw Latt said.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 18, 2008 at 1:51 am