Myanmar generals lose to Saddam

The Myanmar generals seem pleased with the results of the recent referendum to approve a new constitution which bans Aung San Suu Kyi from standing for elections and reserves one-quarter of the parliamentary seats for the military. This of course means the Constitution will effectively never be amended, since two-thirds majority is needed to change it.

According to ‘official’ results, 92.48 per cent of voters had endorsed the charter, and voter turnout was 98.12 per cent.

98.12 per cent turnout! Wow, General Than Shwe. Your people must really love you. Despite two of your districts being virtually wiped out by Cyclone Nargis, the people there still managed to make it to the polls to vote for you.

Still they lost out to their rival dictator, the late Saddam Hussein. Back in October 2002, just months before the invasion of Iraq, officials there proclaimed that Saddam won 100 per cent backing in a referendum on whether he should rule for another seven years.


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.

2 thoughts on “Myanmar generals lose to Saddam”

  1. Hi there,read your post.I sersiously don’d understand the junta and the military government of Myanmar.Even after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar left more than 100 thousand dead and millions homeless,the government still doesn’t want to let foreign aid come in even though many ships are waiting to deliver aid supplies to the starving people.Less than half of the people affected are getting aid at all.And yet,the government still says that the people of Myanmar “don’t need chocolate bars”(it’s a metaphor) and “can survive on fish and frogs which are abundant in the monsoon season”.They are callous and even spent time conducting referendums when it can be better spent.They should reeally be overthrown.

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