Posts Tagged ‘Democracy’

The Dark Side of Democracy: The Modern Tradition of Ethnic and Political Cleansing

October 19, 2012
My friend Dr. Maung Zarni wrote>“Democracy in Myanmar“?
It would NOT even be a good idea.

When asked what he thought of “Western Civilization” during his tour of the West, Gandhi quipped “it would be a good idea”.

It gives me deep chill in my spine to think about the idea of an un-ashamedly racist, “Buddhistmajoritarian democracy in a country which is so ethnically and religiously diverse!
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In Democracy, Minority’s EQUAL Rights must be protected from the tyrannizing majority

January 22, 2012

SOURCE: Extracts from Majority Rule/Minority Rights: Essential Principles from Democracy web

Majority Rule

In practice, democracy is governed by its most popularly understood principle: majority rule.

Namely, the side with the most votes wins, whether it is an election, a legislative bill, a contract proposal to a union, or a shareholder motion in a corporation. The majority (or in some cases plurality) vote decides.

Democracy Requires Minority Rights

Yet majority rule can not be the only expression of “supreme power” in a democracy.

If so, the majority would too easily tyrannize the minority.

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Muslim youths in Myanmar should be trained to be competitive in corporate world

January 14, 2012

My dear friend Ko Phyo replied to my letter mentioned below:

Salam.

That’s the good point that you mentioned. The current generation and the next would make a big difference, freedom of religion and speech will give rooms to excel especially for Muslim youths. You are also right that excelling in all aspects/fields of studies will give greater opportunity for us.

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Malaysia, the best democracy in the world?

September 19, 2011

If Malaysia really wished to become the “best democracy in the world”, please kindly treat equally on all the foreigners and all the Muslims in your country.

In all true (Full) Democracies there is EQUAL RIGHTS. And all ASEAN citizens must be treated equally. All the migrants and refugees must also accord the same privileges.

Why even Myanmar Muslims and Rohingyas are treated differently by Malaysia? Why the Indonesians, Southern Thais, Southern Philippines, other ASEANs, Bosnians, Palestinians, Common Wealth members, USA, EU, Japan, Koreans, OIC members etc. are given more preferable privileges than us?

Please discard the notorious, coward and selfish ASEAN concept of “Non-Interference in the Internal Affairs of other countries”.

Now your country not only dare not condemn the treatment of Muslims and Rohingyas inside Myanmar but even dare not help them in your country because you are afraid of the anger of Myanmar Government.

We understand that you want to have good relations especially economic relations with them but we all expect and pray that Human Right issues especially atrocities on fellow Muslims should not be disregarded or sacrificed for the selfish monetary gains only.

I hope and pray to Allah that I would not be set upon or targeted as the really Democratic countries never retaliate on this kind of request or feedback articles or the writers.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt: “All of us, you and I, are descended from immigrants”

April 10, 2011
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“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt (SOURCE OF THIS POSTING)

“We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.”

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”
“To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.”
“Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights and keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.”
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”

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How to make the people the masters of their own country

April 10, 2011

Edited and took extracts from the source, MKini letter,”Changing the face of the country” by R. Kengadharan

Theoretically a significant change will only blossom if there is a revolution, but this idea no longer seem as pragmatic as all that.

Today the objective is to liberate the minds of the people and create a mass non-violent movement and its importance cannot be discounted.

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“In a democracy, the majority is to be respected, but not tyranny of the majority”

December 19, 2010

In a democracy,

the majority is to be respected,

but not tyranny of the majority”

The phrase_

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Vote for the change to democracy but not about good and evil

October 27, 2010
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Extracts taken and edited to Burmanize a very good article in MKini by Mervyn Lai, “True democracy not about good and evil”.

I propose an approach on how we should view every politician_

  1. (Government/military affiliated/opposition)
  2.  The politician is not a vessel of good or evil.
  3. She, or he, is a person.
  4. Just like yourself. There have clearly been days in which you have helped, and days in which you have been cruel to another.
  5. It is a sham if we believe that humans are capable of only good or evil in every moment of their lives.
  6. And like the rest of the world, politics is not a fairy-tale.
  7. The actors are not clearly separated into groups of protagonists versus antagonists.
  8. Politicians, it must be said, are representatives of various factions with possibly conflicting interests.

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