The New Light of Myanmar‘s typically propagandist and lengthy article “Myanmar’s affairs internal affairs and it does not pose any threat to regional and international peace and security–Attempt of US and Britain to interfere in internal affairs of Myanmar abortive–China, Russian Federation cast double veto of draft resolution, proposed by US, Britain to interfere in Myanmar’s internal affairs, for consideration at UN Security Council” argues that
[The] attempt of the US and Britain to interfere in the internal affairs of Myanmar was abortive. In other words, it can be deduced that it was the victory of the people of the international community and the people of Myanmar who love truthfulness. All the people of Myanmar are intolerant of the US and British governments which are using the UNSC to meddle in the Myanmar’s internal affairs by levelling lopsided accusations.
Myanmar people show their sincere thanks to the People’s Republic of China and Russian Federation for their veto of the resolution submitted to the UNSC and the Republic of South Africa for her casting vote against the resolution.
The government must truly be in a daze to even consider that the Burmese people should be thankful that Burma’s humanitarian and political problems will not be addressed by the United Nations. Through this writing, it is evident that the government is anti-American, foolishly so anti-American that it invited al-Jazeera TV to broadcast news from Burma, under the false notion that al-Jazeera is anti-American.
Additionally, The New Light of Myanmar article writes
Some politicians at home, national traitors and expatriate insurgents expressed their support for the US pressure on Myanmar and committed a variety of acts synchronizing that of the US.
The true traitors of Burma are the high-ranking military officers who use public funds for their own purposes, building palatial estates in Naypyidaw, creating golf resorts all across Burma (I visited one in Kalaw, because one of my parents’ family friends is a military officer), and hosting incredibly indulgent weddings and galas for their children. Thanda Shwe’s wedding (Thanda Shwe is Than Shwe’s youngest daughter) earned the family USD $50 million in gifts. Imagine if the Than Shwe family had sold all of the gifts. There are approximately 50 million people in Burma–each person would receive USD$1, a 2 day’s worth of labor for the average Burmese person.
The article also writes
Its baseless accusations included continuing detention of political inmates; violation of human rights by oppressing ethnic minorities in the eastern Myanmar; incapability of controlling local epidemic of HIV, TB and malaria; and failure to eliminate production of narcotic drugs.
UN data shows that Burma is the world’s second largest producer of opium in the world, after Afghanistan. It continues to detain political activists (or does it not consider Aung San Suu Kyi a political prisoner), and has shown its incapabilities in controlling the continued spread of HIV in Burma (which has the 3rd highest HIV infection rates in Asia, after Cambodia and Thailand, which have controlled
spread the spread to a large extent). Tuberculosis remains one of the most prevalent diseases in the country (85,500 cases per year according to WHO) as well. I’m sure that the hundreds of thousands of ethnic minority refugees can testify that the government is oppressing them. It seems rather contradictory that the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon would pressure Burma to improve its human rights situation if the government considers “violation of human rights” a baseless accusation, unless the government means to say that Ban Ki-moon is wrong (yet the government released 5 more student activists 3 days after Ban Ki-moon requested more political prisoners be released).
I find it revolting how far the government will go to convince its people that there are no problems in the country. If so, why did Foreign Minister Nyan Win unsuccessfully try to convince fellow Foreign Ministers at the ASEAN Summit to invoke solidarity among the member countries in protesting the UN resolution? The government needs to openly acknowledge that it has internal problems that ail the region and inevitably the international community as well.