Press statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
August 12, 2009, 12:59 am
Filed under: Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma, By Rachel Zeng, News Articles

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I was both saddened and angered by the news of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s unjustified sentence.

To make matters worse, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affair’s statement did not condemn such an unjustified sentence. Instead, it stated that the ministry was disapointed to learn about the sentence but is however “… happy that the Myanmar Government has exercised its sovereign prerogative to grant amnesty for half her sentence and that she will be placed under house arrest rather than imprisoned.

In my personal opinion, the statement seemed to be merely a gesture of protocol. Why even release it at all?

The sentence is quite obviously a political move, right ahead of elections so as to stop any participation from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. It is a despicable move. She should never be put under house arrest and should not even be imprisoned in any other forms for even a single second.

I simply cannot believe that our dear MFA ju st praised the Burmese authorities for their “…significant gestures”.

Simply ridiculous!

11/08/2009

MFA Spokesman’s Comments on the Verdict of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Trial, 11 August 2009

We are disappointed to learn that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was found guilty and sentenced to three years hard labour.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi did not plan to violate the terms of her house arrest, and the intrusion into her house was by a person who appears to be of unsound mind.

We are however happy that the Myanmar Government has exercised its sovereign prerogative to grant amnesty for half her sentence and that she will be placed under house arrest rather than imprisoned.

We are heartened that Minister of Home Affairs Major General Maung Oo had announced that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be allowed to see doctors and nurses, communicate with her party, watch local television channels, read local newspapers and journals, and can receive visitors with the government’s permission and that there is a possibility that she could receive amnesty for the remainder of her sentence.

These are significant gestures by the Myanmar Government.

We hope that the Myanmar Government will allow Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to participate in the political process as soon as possible.

A meaningful dialogue between the Myanmar Government, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political groups in an open and inclusive process of national reconciliation is the only hope for the long term political stability of the country.

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

SINGAPORE

11 AUGUST 2009


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We tend to ruffle feathers in trying to avoid stepping on any toes. Not that the MFA or our press is well-informed on the issue, in any case.

Are you and Seelan coming to the HR workshop on 22nd?

Comment by Stephan William Chen

Hi Stephen, we will most probably be attending the workshop so see you there!

Anyway, I think that MFA and our press are very well informed about the issue, but they simply do not care about the state of human rights infringement there or anywhere in the world.

That is my take on the issue lah.🙂

Comment by rachelabsinthe

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Well…. money is more important that human rights and dignity I guess. How sad….

Comment by ahtong

Change is in the hands of the people. If we continue to let our government put money before human rights (both locally and globally), nothing will ever change.🙂

We should voice out and advocate about such issues as much as we can.

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