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Abdullah should articulate the aspirations of the ASEAN people for national reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Burma in his UN speech on Thursday as well as taking the initiative for a mini-ASEAN summit and emergency UN General Assembly debate on Burma
(Parliament, Monday) : The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should articulate the aspirations of the ASEAN people for national reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Burma in his United Nations speech on Thursday as any omission on the latest developments in Burma would have rendered his speech quite irrelevant to the region and the world.
Today is the seven straight day that monks have marched in the Burmese capital of Yangon, leading protestors reaching 10,000 on Saturday, 20,000 yesterday and 30,000 today against the military junta over the chronic economic crisis resulting in ever-rising prices of commodities and human rights violations including illegal detentions and mistreatment of political detainees.
There are fears of a repeat of 1988, when the last democracy uprising was crushed by the military and some 3,000 people were killed.
This is the time for ASEAN government leaders, together with the support of China and India, to engage and impress on the Myanmar military junta not to resort to violence but to turn it into an opportunity to resolve the present crisis with the support of all stakeholders, including Nobel Prize laureate Aung Sun Suu Kyi, all political prisoners, the pro-democracy activists and ethnic nationalities, to work out a national reconciliation formula to return Burma to democracy and civilian rule.
While in the United Nations, Abdullah should take the initiative for a mini-ASEAN summit and emergency UN General Assembly debate on Burma.
Malaysia and the other ASEAN nations must be in the forefront in the UN
General Assembly beginning on Thursday to work out a peaceful and democratic
solution to the long-running crisis in Burma.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman