9/26/2013

Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest

ASSK was under house arrest on and off for more than 10 years as a political prisoner. The authoritarian military junta in a way was quite kind, I mean relatively, to let her stay in her own house. At least she was at home most of the time and with her supporters around her. It was not the solitary confinement type, and if I am not mistaken, she was spared the rounds of torture that some political prisoners were put through in other military dictatorship or authoritarian regime.
 

And she was released and allowed to contest in a general election, and won. And she is now travelling the world as a legitimate politician, a free woman. On these points, the military junta of Myanmar is not that bad after all. And who knows what could happen in the next general election. Would she be allowed to take over the govt of Myanmar, or would the military step in and have another coup and lock her up again if her party won?
 

With Thein Sein in charge, and if he is still around, or if the other military top brass are of the same thinking, there is a high possibility that a change of govt, a civilian govt could be in place in Myanmar. This is not bad, better in many democracies that a change in govt could bring out the military to seize power.
 

What do you think? Is the Myanmese junta more liberal, less ruthless and more democratic than Singapore?

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

There could be Sinkies crying foul if ASSK becomes the Number One in Burma. There are Singaporeans that care more about other countries than for he/her own land and people.

Anonymous said...

To say that the military junta is kind is misplaced. It is more of an expediency, because the junta now thinks it is in their interest to be kind to ASSK.

Just as there are no permanent friends or enemies, only permanent interest.

Do you know that Iraq's Saddam Hussein was once a friend and ally of the USA?

And it is even said that there may be Al Qaeda elements among the rebels against Syria's Assad.

Anonymous said...

In Myanmar, there is Aung San Suu Kyi.

In Sinkieland, I hope there is a Aung Juan Soon Chee one day. Read in reverse.

What do you think? Hahahahaha.

Anonymous said...

Cannot compare lah. Here our generals are top scholars with multiple degrees but there they are merely farmers with little education. Guess since they are not very educated, their schemes are less complex. No?

Anonymous said...

During rallies, Dr Ang Y G used to say some body soulless liao. Without a soul, the straws they clutch on are GDP, man-made garden and self created/ self set KPIs. Sometimes, this can be more perilous than being materially less well off for the long term viability of a state. The social glue is as strong as those craftsmen use to make lanterns.

Matilah_Singapura said...

The balachong-munching village idiots get the junta they deserve.

Anonymous said...

The junta was 'kind' to her out of respect for the memory of her father, Aung San, the nationalist freedom fighter, founder of the modern Burmese army and considered by the Burmese to be the Father of modern-day Burma.

Anonymous said...

compare to our political prisoners?

b said...

They are not less ruthless or more democratic, they probably realised that any military force will be eventually defeated. It is just a matter of time.

Anonymous said...

Sparing her from torture?, her husband died not even seeing her, knowingly if she leave her country, she would not be allowed back,
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What save her is not the knidness of the military, but herself, having work and knowing so many un big shots and having won the nobel, and peace prizes, those acolates save her all these years, the army could not touch and dare not kill her, for fear of the repercussion from the un and us.....even now within their parliment there fixed seats for the military.......will this country be truely free.....i doubt it.
But, she make's one hell of a block buster....

Kaki

Anonymous said...

Chia Thye Poh had it better. He lived on a resort island (where there is now a world class IR) in a house provided by the PAP Government.

Anonymous said...

ASSK alive and treated with kids gloves because of her father's name. He is viewed as a hero of the Burmese people. If she was born from a 'nobody' family, long time ago buried by the junta in unknown grave already liao.

Anonymous said...

Not true...should do research before making comment..