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Aung San Bogyoke as a member of the Burma National Army.
Case-study: of Aung San Oo
Naing Ye Wai, Aung San Oo, Gist Too and Nyan Lin Htet, activists for humanitarian issues, are in Obo jail for their petty famine strikes. Imprisoned college graduates started the famine strikes in reaction to the rejection of their application for deposit to take their college examinations.
Since 22 August 2015, the pupils have been in isolation in prison facilities. They were transferred just after the famine strikes of the activists in protests against the refusal of caution. The Ama Ra Pu Ra Township Court (Mandalay Division) on August 21 refused the students' application for deposit for their examinations from September 17 to 29.
Judges claimed that bailing could raise the chance of further outrage. Naing Ye Wai, Gist Too, Aung San Oo and Nyan Lin Htet were imprisoned in Mandalay's Oh Bo Prison on July 1, 2015. After they were imprisoned, the seminarians were charged with recently running a smear attack criticized by the state.
Embassies were sprayed on the Yadanabon University campus on 26 June 2015 calling for the freedom of pro-active college kids arrested after protesting the National Education Act 2014 and criticizing the country's mind-blowing army coverage in the Myanmar state. Pupils are accused of instigation, riot, aiding and abetting and illegal congregation according to §§ 143, 147 and 505 (b) of the Criminal Code and § 18 of the Law on Peaceful Congregation and Peaceful Procession.
Are you Aung San Oo or Dr. Tin Myint Oo?
Dr. Thant Myint Oo. Two widely distributed textbooks on our Burma. However, many do not know Aung San Oo, the older brothers of ASSK and the oldest sons of our Bogyoke Aung San very well. Most of the world' s citizens never even knew the name Dr. Tin Myint Oo, the dear grandfather of Dr. Thant Myint Oo and the only son-in-law of former UN Secretary-General U Thant.
However, at the end of 1988, Aung San Oo and Dr. Tin Myint Oo (now totally forgotten) were the two sexiest exiled people in Burma in the whole wide globe and all non-Burmese who were seriously interested in Burma or had serious interests in Burma. Throughout and after the 8-8-88 uprising, everyone inside and outside Burma seriously speculated that there was a real burst of politics in Burma and that only one of these two men could fill that void and govern Burma for the sake of democratization and wellbeing.
The Burmese were in urgent need of a heroe at the time, and they firmly thought that one of these two bequest contenders could become their much-needed heroes. Mister Aung San Oo (2008?). Aung San Oo was the most obvious in popular belief as the oldest and only child of our only political figure and the so-called father of Burma's independence from British general Aung San at Rangoon University.
However, Aung San Oo was a peacemaker or a wimp and not to be seen, while Dr. Tin Myint Oo then worked as ESCAP (United Nation's Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific) Sr. Snr. in Bangkok and promoted him by returning home and saving his country from the grip of the accursed army and from its later demise.
At the time, in 1988, he was the city's conversation in Bangkok among Burma's exile, for every encounter and every assembly, even in Buddhist convents, his name was eloquently cited as if he were the final saviour of our desperate and impoverished people. I had a professor in the West who had a strong interest in Thailand and Burma, and I had a very strong connection with him since my postgraduate years in 1985 and 1986.
Mr. Barnes presented me to an US business man from Bangkok who had all kinds of dealings with Burma and Thailand. Part of this was the preparation and submission of confidential experience of Burma to many governments and non-governmental organisations. The Economist Intelligence (EI) department of Economist in London had a review.
And, after 1988, worldwide interest in Burma grew all of a sudden when the decades-long Burmese system of socialism was abolished by the Burmese army and I was asked by him to prepare a first Burmese Economist Intelligence (EI) field study, and I gladly took him on and began to work on it.
Its three-story edifice near the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok had several back rooms where a group of Americans worked around the clock with wireless and telex machines and workstations. Amidst the preparation of the first EI Burma countryspecification, one of my US employers took me to the ESPAC to see a very important figure of interest in Burma's burning issues.
On the same morning, after going through the strict safety checkpoint in the ESACP Towers and Executive Offices on the top level, I was presented to Dr. Tin Myint Oo in his magnificent Bangkok offices with the magnificent views of the Bangkokskirl. He was also quite astonished when he met an unexpected Burmese colleague who was working on a Burmese fieldwork.
However, after an hour-long get-together, he asked me to visit him in Burmese so that two Americans would not know later that evening. So, I went back there that afternoons and we had a very long conversation, mainly about what he had done for Vietnam and his great plans for Burma's great upcoming big plans of politic and economical reform, while I was listening with great admiration to our great heroes U Thant's son-in-law.
Eventually he asked me to stay in regular contact with him after he warned me not to tell anyone, especially the Americans I had worked for, about our personal encounters, and gave me another date to see him a few afterward. Dr. Tin Myint Oo, the savior of Burma, not Aung San Oo?
This full-page report rejected the widespread favorite Aung Sun Oo and expressly specified Dr. Tin Myint Oo as the future saviour of Burma. The paper described his successes in his long UN carrier and his role as U Thant's famous son-in-law and, quoting his Vietnam reform and foreign investment bill, suggested him as the best candidate to take Burma out of its current swamps.
For more than 2-3 consecutive month since the lawlessness of Burma's post on August 8, 88, I had a moaning sense that my US employers and his crew of shady Americans working around the clock in the back rooms of his secure Bangkok office near the US Embassy in Bangkok were passing the information from the US Embassy in Rangoon to the Bangkok Post and other overseas intelligence offices.
I' ve been forever horrified by the photographs of the Bangkok Post from the ranks of beheaded minds shown on a desk by the atrocious murders in the veterans' districts of Myinthar in southern Oakalapa when I lived in the same governmental districts of Myinthar while working for Burma irrigation in the early 1980s. It was only then that I realized the clear fact that the Americans were behind Dr. Tin Myint Oo, who was an US national, and they promoted and prepared him in public for the overturn.
At that time, like most people in Burma at home and abroad, I was as pro-American as possible, even for a native commie who had been suffering under the socialists all hisife. So, I thought it would be a right step for Burma if the Americans were really behind our Dr. Tin Myint Oo, and I was even more keen to see him again the next time.
All of them tried to interrogate the all of a sudden very well-known Dr. Tin Myint Oo or simply to take a quick glance at him and take pictures. Strict safety was there and gunmen and Thai police officers in their pathetic close uniform asked everyone to leave, as Dr. Tin Myint Oo was not ready to see anyone.
In fact, at the time, security was denying that Dr. Tin Myint Oo was in his work. So when I said that I had a certain date with him that particular date that night and showed them his calling cards, they just said that all of Dr. Tin Myint Oo's meetings had been canceled for an indefinite time.
I phoned Dr. Tin Myint Oo's studio from there via the in-house telephone system, naive of course. I was able to find out from their talks among them in Thai that they thought I might be a murderer sent by the Burmese army to get their now very renowned Dr. Tin Myint Oo out.
But I couldn't resent them because most of the folks I've met were right in guessing that I was an ex-soldier because of my compact body and my stout back and open breast position. They also knew that I was a citizen of Burma, but they didn't know that I speak Thai fluently because I had lived in Thailand for almost four years.
Or, they advised me to understand something Thai and they deliberately tried to frighten me of a Myanmar man, because Thais generally hate us people. Throughout its proud histories Thailand was never colonised by Caucasian men, except by the Myanmar for more than 50 years in 1569 and then again by King Bayinnaung in 1767.
Until then I was afraid when I heard the widespread rumors among the Thais that the Thai army and police death squads kidnapped and murdered the left-wing police forces and fed the corpses to the Samut-Prakan Crocodile. I had the insider information that our Burmese army dumped the corpses of Protestant student deaths in crocodile-infested seas at the Rangoon River estuary in Burma during many past insurgencies, which included the 1974 U Thant uprising.
And then he presented himself as UN Security Chief in Thailand and asked me who I was and why I was desperate to get in touch with Dr. Tin Myint Oo's work. and my sincere reasons for having a face-to-face meeting with Dr. Tin Myint Oo.
The Thai are so long and clumsy in Thailand that every Thai has a brief nickname. He would call his grandson because my boyfriend was a young Thai NESDB National Economic and Social Development Board member.
At that time, 1988, cell telephones or cell mobiles were not as common in Thailand as today, when the old man had to use a phone outside. And the other one I suspected was Dr. Tin Myint Oo, although he didn't reveal who the second call was. Said he accepts the fact that I am who I said I was, and I had a real meeting with Dr. Tin Myint Oo at UN-ESCAP that night.
Anyway, he released me after seriously telling me to keep me away from the UN and Dr. Tin Myint Oo because it was in my own interest. And he added this in the interests of Thailand's own domestic interest, even though he did not state why.
Last months in Thailand I finished my country report on Burma and received 40,000 Buhts (almost 2,000 US$). While I was awaiting a coach, a policeman from Thailand who could talk Burmese came up to me at a local train station and presented himself as a self-service detective in flowing Burmese and asked me how I was.
Until today I wonder why they threw me out of Thailand. Sadly, until then Burma was completely off limits to foreign travelers and I was actually caught in Thailand. Luckily, I already had a Australian permit in my Burma ID and in December 1988 I ended up at Sydney airport as a brandnew migrant in the qualified immigrants group.
As I struggled really hard in Sydney to raise a home, our Burma had a new heritage heroe named Aung San Suu Kyi. She was back in Burma in 1988 to take care of her sick mom Daw Khin Kyi, the widow of the deceased General Aung San.
Aung San was the founder of Burma's military and his premature deaths in the custody of U Saw's assassin have inherited a perpetual burgeoning heir. In 1963, even the regime's general Ne Win had to use the heritage of Aung San and proclaimed with pride that his path to socialism in Burma was the pursuit of Aung San's Nazi policies.
The Burmese nation did not really have a real Burmese politician who could surmount the historic importance and tremendous individual impact of Ne Win in 1988. Burmese began to look back on the story and tried to revitalize Aung San's heritage by using his boy Aung San Oo. Myanmar urgently needed a heroe to drive the 8/8/88 grassroots revolt, which had already suppressed Ne Win and decidedly ended its governing BSPP (Burma Socialist Program Party).
They hoped that one of the two old contenders Aung San Oo and Dr. Tin Myint Oo could become their much needed heroes. Immediately after the 8 August 88 rebellion, everyone in Burma expected Aung San Oo to come back and take her out of her swamp. Aung San Oo wasn't a show.
Another well-known Myint Oo, U Thant's son-in-law Dr. Tin Myint, was forced to the front to take the place of Aung San Oo. Then, the era when the nuclear-armed seventh US navy was in Burma's jurisdiction and the amphibian attack ship USS Belleau Wood was prepared to disembark its 3,000-strong naval division in Rangoon, while the one million-man, nuclear-armed southwest PLA army, with its fast armoured division willing to advance to Mandalay, waited near Muse on the Chinese frontier for the first step of the US.
The 180,000-strong Myanmar military, with nearly a million members, hardly survived from the meagre amount of travel and other food sent by the PLA via the Muse-Lashio-Mandalay road, while the remainder of the land starved in complete hunger because the food distribution had collapsed and the general trade had essentially quitt.
However, for some strange occasion, our Dr. Tin Myint Oo, the heavily-paying UN official, either didn't really want the part, or he probably abused the dominant situation, or he simply made a mistake and thus failed to seize the unique historic chance of becoming the Burmese champion and savior, I suspect.
Meanwhile, as the ageing and half-crazy U Nu tried to resurrect his former office and take up his long defeated primary championship, some tremendously powerful ex-Army general like Brigadier General Aung Gyi and General Tin Oo had begun to promote Aung San's last surviving female nominee. However, being a wife who had lived outside Burma since childhood and was then wed ded to an Englishman, and also her openness to the armed forces - from nowhere - had essentially postponed the servant and former officer of the Myanmar armed forces down to the third family.
Aung Gyi, her own brigadier general, blamed her for being manipulated and policed from behind by a group of former communists, and suddenly abandoned her National League for Democracy (NLD) group. All of this slowly resulted in an angry and long struggle between her and the Burmese military - which was already on its knees in 1988 but finally returned more strongly than ever with China's help - and the outcome was the final tribulation of Burma and its population from 1990 to 2011, when it finally mitigated its hostility to the military and joined this House by adopting the constitution adopted by the military in 2008.
In the meantime, her little Brother Aung San Oo was a true frustration for all of us, as he even sued his little sister for half of his stake in this Inya Lake Iconian but run-down home in Rangoon. If either Aung San Oo or Dr. Tin Myint Oo Burma had gone back and fill this 1988 policy void, the contemporary story of our Burma would have been completely different.
They are enormously powerful not only in Third Worlds like Burma, but around the globe. Nehru's bequest candidate, the Gandhi, still rules India, while the Aquinos run the Philippines and the Shinawat clan in Thailand already has two PM. The army would have returned to its huts and the fighting would have been over.
It is not our intention that these disastrous penalties should kill tens and hundreds of millions of people and destroy our economies. I' ve written this very private play to remember the twenty-fifth anniversaries of the 8/8/88 uprising, so that someone who knew what really happened to our Dr. Tin Mynit Oo in this decisive year 1988 might come out and explain to us, because there is a serious loophole in the chain of historic incidents after the unsuccessful 1988 uprising.
Dr. Thant Myint Oo will be the ideal contender for this part, as he is already Burma's most renowned historic figure. Or, Dr. Tin Myint Oo himself, if he is still around - I am now almost 60 and he is at least 25 years older than me - with his intellectual abilities still hot as before.
Do not take any mysteries to your tomb, as Ne Win and U Nu and other celebrities from Burma have done. We have to know our people's histories and get to know them, otherwise they will keep repeating the same errors. Dr. Tin Myint Oo on the second lefthand side of the second tier (Michigan University - 1955).
Dr. Tin Myint Oo with U Kant's entourage at the UNGA.