Loser generals

From the wires:

Myanmar junta distributes foreign aid – with generals’ names on it

YANGON (Myanmar) – MYANMAR’S military regime distributed international aid Saturday but plastered the boxes with names of top generals in an apparent effort to turn the relief effort for last week’s devastating cyclone into a propaganda exercise.

The United Nations sent in three more planes and several trucks loaded with aid even though the junta took over its first two shipments. The government agreed to let a US cargo plane bring in supplies on Monday, but foreign disaster experts were still being barred entry.

State-run television continuously ran images of top generals – including the junta leader, Senior Gen. Than Shwe – handing out boxes of aid to survivors at elaborate ceremonies.

One box bore the name of Lt Gen Myint Swe, a rising star in the government hierarchy, in bold letters that overshadowed a smaller label reading: ‘Aid from the Kingdom of Thailand.’

‘We have already seen regional commanders putting their names on the side of aid shipments from Asia, saying this was gift from them and then distributing it in their region,’ said Mr Mark Farmaner, director of Burma Campaign UK, which campaigns for human rights and democracy in the country.

‘It is not going to areas where it is most in need,’ he said in London.

What a bunch of sad losers these idiotic generals are. Now we know why they are holding up aid agencies’ access to their suffering people — they are too busy pasting their stupid names on the boxes.

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Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

6 thoughts on “Loser generals”

  1. Hi Gerald,
    It is hard to imagine how low these guys will go.
    Only one word can describe them: LOSERS

    Dr.Huang

  2. Dear Gerald,

    Frankly I thought the generals would have kept the aids for themselves. It is sad that they had stoop so low. Yes. Dr Huang is right. They are losers. While we are on the word Losers, I seriously think Asean as a grouping comes close to that label.

    I mean it takes them days to meet together and discuss how to coordinate a rescue and aid effort to Myanmar. This has happen against the backdrop of individual Asean countries sending their own aid to Myanmar.

    Basically, ASEAN as a grouping is too inert, non-intervention and slow to be useful.

    Regards
    Lim Chih-Yang

  3. Hi Chih Yang,
    How has ASEAN fared with respect to Burma?
    The argument that confrontational method including sanctions would not work with Burma and that if we engage them constructively and do not let them lose face, Burma would gradually become more and more like the rest of ASEAN and be a useful member of the international community.
    Well, when they kept Aung San Suu Kyi locked up for 20 years, we tried to engaged them. When they killed the monks of the Safron march we engaged them. Now they steal credit and food from the foreign aid organisations while tens of thousands are dying, can we now remove our blinkers and admit that Burma’s present rulers are not the friendly neighbours we hopes them to be and see them for what they are- monsters who do not have hearts.
    They do not deserve ASEAN.
    If we persists to stay in bed with them there is only one conclusion.
    This conclusion is that we are in cahoots with them as we want something from them- their dirty money; rubies; oil.
    Maybe our fiercest critics are right that we are all frolicking with them for our own selfish gains.
    Our hands are just as full of the innocents’ blood as the despotic dictatorial junta!

  4. If we persists to stay in bed with them there is only one conclusion.
    This conclusion is that we are in cahoots with them as we want something from them- their dirty money; rubies; oil.
    Maybe our fiercest critics are right that we are all frolicking with them for our own selfish gains.
    Our hands are just as full of the innocents’ blood as the despotic dictatorial junta!

    Is that true? Can you bear to see tens of thousands of innocent people suffering under the hands of the junta?

    Okay, go write your names on the boxes. Now send them to where they should go.

  5. Dear Dr Huang,

    I have to agree with you on this point. Asean had proven impotent in its working with its neighbours. The current crisis in Myanmar is akin to your next door neighbour starving and you call for your RC to form a committee and discuss what must be done while your neighbour die of hunger and illness.

    Perhaps ASEAN need to seriously re-look its policy of non-intervention. We are sleeping with the enemy. If the day comes when Aung San Suu Kyi succeed in her attempt to free her people, will she look upon ASEAN as a viable grouping?

    regards
    Chih-Yang

  6. Funny that foreign minister George Yeo,has chosen at this time to defenc the murderous generals of Myanmar.

    In the Sunday Times,Minister George YEO has urged the global community to respect the AUTONOMY of the murderous Generals of Myanmar and accept the fact the they(aka the murderous Generals of Myanmar)know the local situations better than foreign people ever can!

    STrange indeed,why?why?why?

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