#211 dispute over ancient temple

The latest dispute according to news left 2 Cambodians dead and 2 wounded while 5 Thai soldiers wounded.

Where is negotation? Where is peace? What do some leaders know about peace?

These leaders certainly know how to add spicy spices to the lives of the villagers.

As it is, the villagers are living in dire poverty, will they have to flee?

Are temples not holy shrines?

The 11th century Preah Vihear temple, now cited as an UN World Heritage site, though situated on Cambodian territory (?), Thailand also claims right to that temple.

Will the UN World Heritage body consider removing the recognition?

Conflict over the rights to tourism revenue?

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#157 can man control weather?

There is constant vigilance and scrutiny these days about pollution and the weather on the forthcoming Olympic Games in Beijing…will the pollution hinder or bring some side-effects on the health of the athletes?

What is the media doing by constantly harping upon whether China is able to clean up the air for the Games?

Is China not doing her level-best to take control of the weather and her environment?

Is the media and those in the West asking China to become like a god or deity?

It has been clearly stated: man cannot and not able to take control of the weather. If man can take control of the weather, then…man is almighty!

A decision had been made for China to host this Games. Why are the media and human rights groups and some leaders in the world bringing longstanding issues like human rights or pollution to task? President George Bush was smart in defending his decision to attend the Opening Ceremony…

Pardon me, what have the human rights organisations contributed to the affairs of the people in that nation? What concrete realities or help have they offered except come up some statements? Why are some Chinese so foolish to echo those human rights organisations and go to jail? Surely there must be some creative and think-out-of-the-box to beat some unjust social issues.

Are the Chinese NOT able to learn from past history — the sages, heroes and writers to consider and beat the system. Historically, the people in China had suffered injustices and corrupt officials, will this be abolished within this decade…or even during this Olympic Games?

Previously, there was little publicity or hype on global warming or greening the earth –venues in the past were not under close scrutiny on such.

Unfortunately or fortunately for China today, she comes under tremendous pressure to make a success of the Games. Will the West make China stronger and almighty when she is able to control or lessen the smog?

Positively, this has brought much awareness and accelerated research on how to curb air pollution in China.

In Singapore, there was increased level of smog when there was huge forest fires in our neighboring countries.

#141 leadership

Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates, at age 52, is moving away from the outfit he’d started to social enterprises (?) as he and his wife want the challenge to reducing poverty in practical ways in some parts of the world.

The difference between NGOs and one using one’s personal finances is ownership. I’m sure Bill & Miranda Gates will guard their interests with great care to best utilise and manage their resources wherever they anchor.

In contrast to one of the African national leader, Robert Mugabe where his knighthood was taken away at his old age for his inability to give up his position and to make way for a younger person to rule the country which already is in devastation and poverty. He must have built up Zimbabwe impressively for Britain to honour him the MBE.

I hope the world leaders will learn from this case in history — from good governance to folly and destruction.

#127

Will there be fewer obese kids around now that the food prices soared especially in the more affluent countries?

The only sad situation is the really poor suffer for want of basics.

It seems the world leaders were making concerted effort to eradicate poverty only to find food prices soar — the days for cheap food is gone — poverty remains. Indeed the poor will always be with us.

What can we offer to these poor to help them rise up? The really poor are too proud to reach out for handouts as dignity is the only left as a human.

One weapon to fight poverty is good governance — governing leaders who are concerned for the welfare of the people and to weed out corruption.

#120 a teen-survivor’s courage

I want to record this one of many human stories…the Sichuan earthquake has seen survivors young and old saved from rubbles from several to hundreds of hours after the quake struck; in one case, water fed with love by one’s spouse.

Xue Xiao, the 17-year-old, was saved after he survived 80 hours in the rubble — his parents were crushed emotionally. His right arm was crushed and amputated yet he hopes to fulfill his dream one day…

…when Xue called out to his rescuers Zhang and He: “Uncle, I want to have a cola, I want an iced one”, he was speaking the language of the new generation, a generation that has grown up on junk food and aerated drinks.

The Cola Boy’s passion for life is exemplary. The words he used to console his mother leave a lump in the  (blogger’s) throat. “Mother, don’t be sad. I knew I would lose my right hand if I were saved.” If this is not the triumph of the human spirit, what is? Xue knows that thanking Zhang and He for saving him is tantamount to belittling their effort. That’s why he told his mother when she asked him to thank his saviors: “No need to say thanks between friends.” Here is a 17-year-old showing the maturity of a wise man. And the fighter in him spoke when he said: “And I will learn to use my left hand to continue with life. I love math. I want to be a scientist.” (quoted from columnist Op Rana in ChinaDaily)

I hope the leaders in the provinces and counties take care of those who they are called to govern and not corrupt the system and callously interpret policies set by the Central Committee. I hope these leaders will not go out of their way to prove they are capable at their jobs at the expense of the poor and helpless.

The world criticise the President and Premier and leaders of a country but the truth is those down the line are the ones who created many ills in a country.

I wish those leaders in the West will not make callous and uncalled for remarks and allegations listening to one side of biased persons or judging a situation through their tinted glasses!

I can understand if parents protest against those government civil leaders…they reap that they sow…these leaders will be judged accordingly.

I hope the forthcoming days will find more graciousness on the lips of leaders around the world.

#106

I cannot believe that I hear and read (update #104).

One minute visas given and then revoked for relief workers. The government wants the aid but not the professional and experienced personnel.

There was swiftness in rallying together internationally to help, gleaned from Indonesia’s tsunami (2004 December) and the US’ katrina (2005 August), unfortunately it’s the Burmese authorities who are hampering and hindering the relief.

What sickening and callous leaders — protecting themselves and not the plight and welfare of the people! Where is humanity?

Life is unfair…the already-poverty stricken-Burmese are the ones who suffer most as a result of ‘foolishness’ of the authorities.

Is the head of state fearful the relief workers might summon courage of the Burmese to revolt?

These poor are not accessible to the outside world. Many resigned to their fate. Many are resilient and did their part in salvaging to survive.

Oh it makes me weep as I write at the helplessness to see the most vulnerable young and old dying and the stench they have to stomach without mentioning their hunger and loss of loved ones and homes.

I stumbled across this blog — ‘Burmese bloggers w-o borders’ and found the following. Warning: photos on http://komoethee.blogspot.com/2008/05/president-bush-send-us-navy-asap.html are not platable but…these thunder!

The games some ruling leaders play with the lives of humans!

 

#81 elderly statesman

What a sad state for the people of a country when an elderly statesman does not know how to relinquish power and graciously make way for younger leaders to take the baton to rule!

One example today is the President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, 84 years old, is clinging tight to his power. Though the economy is ailing fast and the people have to queue to buy food, yet he is oblivious. Such is the accursed state of an elderly man.

The leaders of a country are either a blessing or bane. In Zimbabwe, the leaders are paralysed because none is willing to make way for the sake of the people. If there is a change in government, many of the leaders will have to go.

So it is the few in the governing authorities that create the sufferings of the masses.

The queue to buy food lengthens and inflation rocket high…will the people revolt one day?