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The situation in Myanmar

Although I am mindful that my commentary maybe potentially controversial, still, the opinions expressed are all mine.

It is most unfortunate and regrettable that the military has again seized power in Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi and her ministers have been arrested. Violence has also erupted.

For a very long time, Singapore has adopted the Principle of Non Interference Policy and that means our domestic affairs are strictly the domain for Singaporeans and Singaporeans only.

It is a correct policy because ultimately, it must be Singaporeans who must decide their own future and their own fate and foreigners should have no part whatsoever in it. We do not want to be anybody’s pawn, being manipulated by somebody or do anyone’s bidding etc.

By the same token, I feel that pap ministers must be ever mindful about what they say regarding the situations in Myanmar, least they be construed by people as us interfering in Myanmar’s domestic affairs.

Singapore is part of a much bigger regional grouping in ASEAN and the current chair of ASEAN is Brunei. I feel that pap ministers have to be more sensitive and be very mindful of our pecking order and behave appropriately.

After all, lhl is no statesman Lee Kuan Yew and Vivian Balakrishnan is no S. Rajaratnam. Not even close!

Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

 

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11 Responses to “The situation in Myanmar”

  • Freak election:

    Don’t people remember someone wants to call in police and army in the event of a freak election?

    Is safer to throw stones far away?

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  • Harder Truths:

    When more than half the population is made of foreigners, you actually believe $G will be neutral if say, there is a war between India and China? What about China and US?

    We are too much at the front of any battle. The FT can just burn this little island down when things get rotten. That is what happens when $G has an open backside policy – get screwed by everyone.

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  • xoxo:

    Why VB KPKB?
    Is SinkaPOOR not run by the *military*???

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  • Permit State:

    Don’t know what kind of state this is.

    People need police permit to walk outside their home with a piece of white paper.

    What kind of state this is.

    xoxo:
    Why VB KPKB?
    Is SinkaPOOR not run by the *military*???

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  • Are We Interfering ?:

    How come VB can tell Myanmar to release Aung San Su Chee and the President from jail ? Are we not interfering in their domestic Affairs ?

    How come VB did not tell the Thai Prime Minister (ex Army General) to resign as he played dirty to win the last election ?

    By right, as we are a small nation, we should not try to be smart and punch above our weight. WTF

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  • State of no return:

    The day the music died.

    Permit State:
    Don’t know what kind of state this is.

    People need police permit to walk outside their home with a piece of white paper.

    What kind of state this is.

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  • Ayuya:

    Leave it to the people in the country to find a solution.

    Each country is unique and special, there is no such thing as “ one size fits all “ in the way to rule a country.

    We pray for the people of the country to find their own way soon and live in peace and harmony thereafter.

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  • BK:

    I think we have misconstrued non-interference as the better part of virtue, in a virtue that believes silence begets u the better price.

    Did our Foreign Minister Vivian said we must separate biz from politics? Is this the price we want? Biz and money?

    But even biz knows the ecosystem we are in, it is a world that is shaping biz practices to be more environmentally friendly and to be more humane.

    Can we keep quiet when we ourselves demand democracy? Can we be quiet when peaceful protestors are gunned down? Is this how we want to be remembered?

    Yes. We are not omniscient. But we can choose to stand with the peaceful protestors. Our karma is fortunate that we dont need to face the guns, and I hope never. But give prayers and thanks for ppl risking their lives to uphold decency and freedom.

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  • U r absolutely right:

    Hearing SIN representative in UN session on Myanma condemning the military coup, violation of human right n imprisonment of activists against the military coup while reflecting over the fates of peaceful political critics n political opposition. Poor Amos is still fresh n his political refuge in US at his tender age. The Court treatment in cuff n shackles which even a worst criminal jhas never been subject to such state of appearance in Court! The undemocratic ISA detention of political critics n political opposition still runs flesh in most aware Singaporeans. It was a national shame to voice to Nobel abt the Peace Prize Nobel Laurate to S. American long term prison when SIN ISA detainee served much longer terms than him n surelyhe deserved a second Nobel Peace Prize for similar peaceful national patroitic Acts.
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    Singapore talked about not interfering but .as usual does not honor the claim. Beside Myanma fresh from the oven, the very fact of allowing US to have a military base when Japan has finally terminated their base followed soon by Phillippines. Yes u r right LKY also wayang but with finesse foun lacking in FG PAP n also the clear thinking with no less finesse of the ‘ monkey sees monkeys do’ advocator who has unfortunately proven right with the FG successors!

    Recoiled with horror at such hypocrisy on the international arena!

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  • SojoüRne:

    I agree wholeheartedly with BK that the “politics of solipsism” has given rise over the past several decades to a leadership class that puts self-interest over national interest. Imagine if they started engaging in this politics of solipsism with respect to foreign policy as well – it would lead to a rapid deterioration in our economic status!

    Luckily, our selfish leaders engage in this politics of solipsism largely on the domestic policy side.

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  • BK:

    Wow. Thank you SojoüRne, new word; solipsism (:

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