Saturday, June 20, 2009

Malaysia's Birthday Gift to Aung San Suu Kyi - 'We arrest 16 Burmese...' Shame on you...Malaysia!

How embarrassing...

Malaysian police must really be educated about Burma - and how the peoples of Burma have been denied the right to be governed by their democratically elected leaders by an evil military regime, that has ruled since 1962.

Of course, persons forced to leave by reason of an oppressive military regime is not able to go an get 'passports' and visas - If they do, many fear being arrested, detained, tortured....

Hence, it is an 'internationally' shameful fact that Malaysian police chose to arrest 15 Burmese at a celebration of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday celebration in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Police last night arrested 14 Myanmar nationals for taking part in an illegal gathering to celebrate the 64th birthday of Myanmar activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

Petaling Jaya OCPD ACP Arjunaidi Mohamed said some 30 Myanmar nationals had begun gathering near the Taman Jaya lake at about 8pm.

Police at the scene ordered the crowd to disperse. They also arrested 14 Myanmar nationals who did not possess any valid travel documents.

“All of those who were arrested have been brought to the Petaling Jaya police headquarters and will be handed over to the Immigration Department,” he said, adding the remaining crowd dispersed at 8.30pm - Star, 20/6/2009, 14 Myanmar nationals detained in illegal gathering

The Malaysiakini report :-

...A team of 50 police officers broke up a gathering in Petaling Jaya to celebrate Burma’s Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday at about 9pm and detained 16 people.

Those arrested are believed to be refugees from Burma who were at the birthday celebration to express their concern for their country’s democracy icon.

The Burmese military regime has kept Suu Kyi in detention for 13 of the past 19 years, and she is now on trial at Rangoon's notorious Insein Prison over a bizarre incident in which an American man swam to her lakeside home.

According to human rights group Suaram, the 16 were arrested even before the event kicked off.

“All those arrested now are detained in the Petaling Jaya district police station and denied access to lawyers. They might be moved to immigration,” said Suaram coordinator Temme Lee.

The 16 were taken to the Petaling Jaya police station where a crowd had gathered outside to press for their release.

The aborted celebration - which was to be held in an open area near Amcorp Mall in Taman Jaya - was jointly organised by Pakatan Rakyat Selangor and Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ)...- Malaysiakini, 19/6/2009, 16 refugees arrested at Suu Kyi's 'birthday bash'

The 24 (earlier 21, when 1st issued) Organisation/Groups' Happy Birthday Aung San Suu Kyi statement:-

Joint Statement- 19/6/2009



On the occasion of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday that falls on 19th June 2009, we, the undersigned reiterate our call for the immediate and unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Burma.

After achieving its independence from the British in 1948, Burma was ruled by a democratically elected government until the 1962 army coup.

Finally, the military junta agreed to hold elections in 1990, and return Burma to a parliamentary democracy. But the run-up to the elections inspired little confidence in the process. Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the most popular opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), was placed under house arrest in July 1989. Many other senior NLD officials were jailed. The NLD had little access to media and few resources compared to the military-backed National Unity Party (NUP).

On 27th May 1990, the Election Results revealed that out of the 485 parliamentary seats contested, the NLD won 392 (over 80%). Ethnic minority parties opposed to the military junta won 65 more seats. The military-backed NUP only won 10 seats. It was clear indication that peoples of Burma rejected military rule.

The military junta's response to this overwhelming defeat was simply to change the rules, and not hand over power to duly elected Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD. Repression intensified, and many NLD and other elected representatives were arrested. Some have died in prison. Others fled into exile. Today, in Malaysia, it is estimated that there may be more than 500,000 Burmese undocumented migrants,

We call for the immediate handing over of power from the military regime to the duly elected Aung San Suu Kyi and the elected representatives.

We reiterate our call for the immediate discontinuation of the trial, and withdrawal of the charges against Aung San Suu Kyi who has been absurdly charged and is now being tried for the offence of breaking the terms of her house arrest, in particular the condition that forbids visitors, after an American man, swam across the lake and entered her house uninvited and refused to leave.

We call for ASEAN and ASEAN member governments, to immediately intervene and urge the government of Burma to respect human rights, and to adhere to the numerous United Nations resolutions, including General Assembly Resolution 49/197 [1995], which, amongst others, “…call on the Government of Myanmar to release unconditionally and immediately the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now in her sixth year of detention without trial, and other political leaders and remaining political prisoners…’

We also call on the United Nations(UN), the European Union(EU) and all concerned nations to act for the immediate withdrawal of this absurd charge, to secure the immediate and unconditional release of all political detainees and to restore democracy and human rights to Burma and its peoples.

Lastly, and most importantly, we wish Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Happy Birthday, and wish for her and the peoples of Burma the strength and the continued commitment to struggle for a better Burma, where human rights, justice and democracy exist.

Pranom Somwong

Charles Hector

for and on behalf of the following 24 organisations,

Bar Council Human Rights Committee

Burma Campaign Malaysia

Center for Independent Journalism, Malaysia

Community Development Services, Sri Lanka

Development Action for Women Network (DAWN), Philippines

Empower Foundation, Thailand

Foundation for Women, Law and Rural Development (FORWARD), Thailand

Friends of Burma, Malaysia


Legal Support for Children and Women (LSCW), Cambodia

MADPET (Malaysians against Death Penalty and Torture)

MAP Foundation, Thailand

Mekong Ecumenical Partnership Program, Christian Conference of Asia(MEPP)

Myanmar Refugee Volunteer Group (MRVG)

National League for Democracy (NLD),LA, Malaysia

Network of Action for Migrants in Malaysia (NAMM)

People's Service Organization (PSO), Malaysia

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)

Society for Christian Reflection (SCR)

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), Malaysia

Tenaganita, Malaysia

Women's Studies Center,Thailand

Workers Hub For Change (WH4C)

Yaung Chi Oo Workers Association ( YCOWA)


nckeat88 said...

his is show that the Malaysian police is fair. They arrest because the law said this is illegal gathering rregardless they were opposition or illegal migrants. Police should not be blamed, the law should be changed.

Arakan-Yunann Gas Pipeline Campaign said...

It is not right to blame the police but the law you may point. Then the law makers will blame it is UN convention on humanitarian laws and concern. So where is the ending?

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a national leader of Burma and international figure for justice. She has been put under house arrest for 14 years since she has lived in Burma for 20 years because she was supported by the people of Burma and because her party, NLD, was unanimously elected by the people of Burma.

Just take 1 minute and think on humanity and humanitarian ground why these Burmese, you have arrested, gathered for their leader’s birthday and calibration while she is in the jail to show off solidarity.

The arrested knew it was risky in Malaysia such gathering, but they took the risk because their hearts followed the humanity and human to human connectioness and careness for each other burden when their leader was facing very hardship in the one of the world notorious prison, Insein Prison. If this humanitarian and humanity that the arrested Burmese showed for their solidarity on their leader’s birthday that they got arrests by Malaysian police, why Malaysian should have allowed Nazi Japan and Nazi Hitler rule Malaysia and Asia and forget about Malaysian independence?

Stone heart, in terms of unusual and cruel punishment, is not such the law thoughtful and legalist lawmakers should not make nor law enforcement officers should enforce. That is the ending of legal framework and mechanism.
(A Burmese is on the run from the SPDC and PM Mr. Najib)