Myanmar regime sadly pass over two qualified presidential blokes for an ex-general
|Dr Thant Myint-U and US President Obama|
By Dr Maung Zarni
March 12, 2016
Historian U Thant Myint-U, himself a one-time wildcard pick favoured in Myanmar media for the presidency, called his family friend U Htin Kyaw “a stellar choice”. “[He is] well respected, [with] unimpeachable integrity, and a very nice man.”
Source: U Htin Kyaw: from computer science grad to NLD loyalist, By Ye Mon and Lun Min Mang | Friday, 11 March 2016.
|Dr Kyaw Yin Hlaing|
I am utterly gutted!:
Dr Thant Myint-U and Dr Kyaw Yin Hlaing were not among the presidential nominees!
The military passed over Dr Thant Myint-U (Harvard and Cambridge) and Dr Kyaw Yin Hlaing (Mandalay and Cornell) with impeccable educational backgrounds and unquestionable loyalty to the Burmese military regime for presidential nominations; instead, the Commander in Chief and his senior deputies - some my old mates - decided to nominate their own fellow warrior, namely ex-Lt-General Myint Swe, Chief Minister of Rangoon and former chief of military intelligence.
How sad and disappointing for my former civilian mates ....!
Either one of these Stalin's Idiots would have been excellent presidential materials.
Kyaw Yin Hlaing has a solid record of lying for Thein Sein for the last 5 years, particularly helping deny the genocide and crimes against humanity as well as erasing Rohingya history and identity. His own parents were Ne Win-era socialist party functionaries.
Thant Myint-U, a UN-bred known as an incredibly smooth operator, who accesses vast networks of UN and international circles built through 2 generations of grandfather and father at the UN; he uses them in the service of the genocidal regime. Like me, he has a very solid feudal background but, unlike me,a Marxist-anarchist, I know that he would love to relive the glorious feudal past of the entire family.
Plus Mr Thant and Mr Kyaw are both pliant and pliable: they know which red buttons they must not press, which red lines they must not cross. Above all, which side of the bread is buttered.
Do NOT be surprised if they continue to serve our country as 'presidential advisers' to their new family friends - like proxy-President-nominee U Htin Kyaw and his boss Daw ASSK.
As with Myanmar media, having considered and favoured Thant Myint-U as their favorite 'wild card pick' for presidency, well, that's beyond stupid.
59 (F) applies to Aung San Suu Kyi, as much as Thant Myint-U, a US citizen, with an Icelandic-Burmese son. It does to me as well. So, I decided not to stick around the military, knowing that I can't waste my life away, "advising" the generals. Which intellectual in their right mind, and with self-respect, would choose to be a pseudo-Brahmin to a bunch of thick-heads, who are proven incapable nation-builders who are incapable of acting morally and compassionately towards fellow country-men and -women.
(These "green-men" are smart and ruthless enough to keep power in their hands since 1962, but not smart enough to lead the nation of multiethnic communities).
In a hypothetical case of Thant Myint-U assuming notional presidency, I can at least hope to ask him to return the favor he knows he owes me: get me entry visas to Burma (just as I secured him visas from the military).
At least, my old "mate", U Myint Swe is going to be Vice-President!
Congratulations, Dear Old General!!
Will you please kindly consider stopping the Rohingya genocide, which will not require any constitutional amendment.