21 Mar 2007

Burmese PM in Singapore General Hospital

medium_soewin2.jpgAnyone like to organise a peaceful protest and show the leader of the Orwellian state, with teashops that their continued detention under house arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is not acceptable? Why not get a few posters of Aung San Suu Kyi?

Soe Win was made prime minister in 2004 from the BBC
Burma's Prime Minister Soe Win is being treated at a hospital in Singapore, an official from the Burmese embassy in the city-state said.

The official would not give details of Soe Win's illness, saying only that it was a "serious health matter".

The Irrawaddy, a publication run by Burmese journalists in exile, reported last week that the prime minister may be suffering from leukaemia.

Some might argue that the protest would simply amount to the harassment of a 'patient'. This patient is however no ordinary patient. The people of Burma and I might add the world would never have such an opportunity to voice their concerns. A protest would simply reinforce condemnation of the fact that after the national elections were won by a landslide in 1990, the military refused to hand over power to Aung San Suu Kyi and it is unacceptable. This is the man who is "the suspected mastermind of a deadly attack on opposition forces four years ago." which left up to 80 people dead, according to dissidents (AFP).

Since then, the pro-democracy leader has spent most of her time in some form of detention, despite a barrage of criticism from home and abroad - and even international sanctions. BBC

So where is Soe Win? [Just realised that a previous anonymous statement also refers to Singapore General Hospital]

Soe Win is the second of Burma’s ruling junta to seek medical care in Singapore this year. In January, junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe, 73, was treated at the same hospital after arriving in the city-state on December 31. Than Shwe is believed to be suffering from diabetes, hypertension and other ailments. BBC

And with the power of the internet at my finger tips I was able to work out that Burma’s Prime Minister Gen Soe Win is being treated in Singapore General Hospital for Leukemia.

January 08, 2007
Burmese military leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe was discharged from Singapore General Hospital on Monday, according to sources in the city state. He was reportedly admitted in late December with an intestinal ailment. Some news reports said that he was suffering from intestinal cancer. Sources within Singapore’s Burmese community said that he is expected to return to Burma in the next two days.

Protest anyone?
Post the date, time and place in the comment section. Go on I dare you.
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