MAJOR ARMS SALES TO THE REGIME SINCE 1988 Supplier Year(s) of delivery Weapon description Bulgaria 1999 100 Igla-1/SA-16 Gimlet portable 1995 50 WZ-121/Type-69 tanks 1995-1997 50 C-801/CSS-N-4/Sardine anti-ship missiles 1995-1997 6 Houxin/Type-037/1G missile boats 1997-1998 24 A-5C Fantan fighter/ground attack aircrafts 1998-1999 12 F-7M Airguard fighter aircrafts 1998-1999 40 PL-2A short range air to air missiles 1998-1999 40 PL-5B short range air to air missiles 1998-2002 5 Type-76 37mm naval gun turrets 1999 12 K-8 Karakorum-8 trainer/combat aircrafts 2001-2003 3 small armed warships 2002-2003 5 Rice Lamp fire control radars 2004-2005 3 Type-344 fire control radars 2004-2005 24 C-801/CSS-N-4/Sardine anti-ship missiles 2004-2007 8 AK-230 30mm naval guns Germany 2003 10 Diesel engines India 2006 2 BN-2 Islander helicopters (Number may be 4, including 2 BN-2 MP version) 2006 10 105mm light towed guns 2006 10 mine protected vehicles 2006 10 T-55 tanks Italy 2001-2003 3 Compact 76mm naval guns N. Korea 1999 16 Type-59-1 130mm towed guns Poland 1990-1992 22 Mi-2/Hoplite helicopters 1991 13 W-3 Sokol helicopters Russia 1995 7 Mi-8/Mi-17/Hip-H helicopters 1997 5 Mi-8/Mi-17/Hip-H helicopters 2001-2002 20 MiG-29S/Fulcrum-C Jet fighter aircrafts 2001-2002 60 R-73/AA-11 Archer short range air to air missiles 2002 30 R-27/AA-10 Alamo beyond visual range air to air missiles 2006 100 D-30 122mm towed guns Serbia 2001 18 M-56 105mm Towed guns 2001 36 M-101A1 105mm Towed guns 2004 36 M-56 105mm Towed guns 2006 5 B-52 NORA 155mm Self-propelled guns Ukraine 1999 12 AI-25/DV-2 turbofans 2002 14 T-72 tanks 2003 10 R-27/AA-10 alamo beyond visual range air to air missiles 2003 1 ST-68U/Tin Shield air surveillance radar 2003 10 BTR-3U Guardian Infantry Fighting Vehicles (Number may be up to 1000; possibly assembled from kits in Burma) 2007 10 MT-LB armored personnel carriers ( by MYUTSAWMYIT blogs )
Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar’s Cronies
Aung Zaw wrote in The Irrawaddy, “Burma’s richest tycoons are back in the news again—not for their shady ties to Burma’s former ruling generals, but because of their recent efforts to cozy up to the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. Tay Za, Zaw Zaw and several other notorious figures who came to prominence during the bad old days of military rule have been making headlines recently for donating generously to NLD causes. This, in turn, has led to criticism of the NLD, which has been accused of defending cronies whose names are virtually synonymous with corruption. [Source: Aung Zaw, The Irrawaddy, January 28, 2013 ////]
In December 2012, “the NLD held a fundraiser in Rangoon to mark the second anniversary of the party’s Education Network. The event netted around 500 million kyat (US $580,000), including a sizable portion from some of Burma’s richest men. During the event, Sky Net, a television operator and a subsidiary of Shwe Than Lwin Company owned by Kyaw Win, donated 135 million kyat ($155,000), while the Htoo Company, owned by Tay Za, donated 70 million kyat ($81,000). ////
“Suu Kyi has also recently been seen visiting a children’s hospital that Burmese tycoon Zaw Zaw of the Max Myanmar Group helped to renovate. Like Tay Za, Zaw Zaw wasted no time finding an opportunity to meet with the Noble Peace Prize laureate. Soon after she was freed from house arrest, Zaw Zaw, who is the chairman of the Myanmar Football Federation, invited her to watch a match together with him. This reportedly earned him a scolding from some senior generals, but that hasn’t stopped him from meeting her again. ////
“Suu Kyi surprised many by saying that those who became wealthy during military rule should be given another chance to reform themselves. They should be considered innocent until proven guilty, she said, before adding that cronies of the former ruling generals should be investigated for any alleged wrongdoing. “People may have become rich in different ways. But whether they were involved in any illegal action to make themselves rich must be investigated,” said the opposition leader. ////
“Now, many in Burma are asking whether the tycoons are trying buy off Suu Kyi. In early January, senior NLD leaders held a press conference to explain the activities of the party’s education network. The press conference was held at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel—owned by none other than Tay Za. At the reception, Soe Win, a senior leader of the NLD, told me that he welcomed tycoons’ contribution to education and health. When I asked if the tycoons approached Suu Kyi, he smiled and nodded. ////
“Aides to Tay Za have told me that it was the NLD that approached him first; leaders of the party tell that that is not the case. Zaw Zaw said that people should support Suu Kyi. Indeed, many businessmen who are on the US sanctions list know that Suu Kyi holds the key to their future. She is the one who can recommend the US government to remove some tycoons from the list. It’s no wonder why some tycoons have been seen making public donations to the NLD and Suu Kyi. ////
Text Sources: New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Times of London, Lonely Planet Guides, The Irrawaddy, Myanmar Travel Information Compton’s Encyclopedia, The Guardian, National Geographic, Smithsonian magazine, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, Reuters, AP, AFP, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, The Economist, Global Viewpoint (Christian Science Monitor), Foreign Policy, burmalibrary.org,burmanet.org, Wikipedia, BBC, CNN, NBC News, Fox News and various books and other publications.
တို႕ကခ်င္ျပည္သူနဲ႕တိုင္းရင္းသားမိတ္ေဆြမ်ားခုတေလာအသံုးအႏုန္းအေျပာင္းအလဲတခုျဖစ္ေပၚေနတာသတိထားမိႀကပါရဲ႕လား? ကခ်က္ျပည္ထဲကဖားကန္႕အေႀကာင္းပန္ဝါျမိဳ႕အေႀကာင္းနဲ႕အျခားျမိဳ႕ပတ္သက္ရာေတြနဲ႕ပတ္သက္ျပီးဗမာပိုစ့္အခ်ိဳ႕နဲ႕MNTV(MWDနဲ႕MRTVကိုေတာ့ထည့္ေျပာစရာပင္မလိုေတာ့ပါ)သတင္းေတြမွာ 'ကခ်င္ျပည္'ဆိုတဲ့အဓိကနမ္စားကိုျဖဳတ္ျပီး ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ 'ေျမာက္ဖ်ားပိုင္း' မွာတည္ရွိတဲ့ပန္ဝါျမိဳ႕ ဖားကန္႕ျမိဳ႕ …စသျဖင့္ သာသံုးႏုန္းလာႀကတာ သတိထားမိႀကရဲ႕လား? ဒါဟာအေသးအမႊားကိစၥလို႕သတ္မွတ္လို႕မရပါ ေသခ်ာရည္ရြယ္ျပီး စတင္သံုးစြဲလာတာျဖစ္တယ္ ဒါဟာ ကခ်င္ျပည္ဆိုတဲ့ ကခ်င္ပိုင္အမည္နာမကို ေဖ်ာက္ပစ္ဖို႕ နညး္လမ္းအစပင္ျဖစ္တယ္ 'အသံေႀကာင့္ဖားေသ' ဆိုတဲ့ဆိုရိုးစကားရွိသလို ႏုတ္ေႀကာင့္ပါးစပ္ေႀကာင့္လူေတာင္ေသႏိုင္တယ္ဆိုတာဟာ အဓိပၸယ္မဲ့ျဖစ္လာတာမဟုတ္ပါ တို႕တိုင္းရင္းသားေတြဒီလိုပံုစံနဲ႕ေရွ႔ဆက္ရင္ မိမိလူမ်ိဳးမိမိအနာဂတ္ကိုျမင္ေယာင္ႀကည့္လို႕ရေနျပီ ႀကားမွာဟိုေယာင္ဒီေယာင္ေမွးလိုက္မေနဘဲ တခုခုကို ျပတ္ျပတ္သားသားဆံုးျဖတ္လုပ္ေဆာင္သင့္ခ်ိန္ေရာက္ေနပါျပီ မိမိလူမ်ိဳးမိမိျပည္မိမိလူမ်ိဳးမ်ိဳးဆက္သစ္ေတြမိမိသယံဇာတေတြအတြက္မွန္ကန္ေသာဆံုးျဖတ္ခ်က္ခ်မွတ္ဖို႕ အေယာက္တိုင္းမွာတာဝန္ရွိတာကို သတိရႀကပါလို႕… W.P myu sha ni W.P ram ma ni kara ten du hkra yu shalai na ta? Mung kan hta shin gyin masha amyu langai a'matu 'ေျမ'lamu ga ngu gaw kade ahkyak ai yawng chye na re ,madu myit rawng ga yawng jawm makawp maga ga nang ngai yawng hta lit nga ai hpe dum ga ngu shadum ndau dat ai … W.P myu hte W.P mung hpe tut tsaw let Awra Lera
Kachin, tribal peoples occupying parts of northeastern Myanmar (Burma) and contiguous areas ofIndia (Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland) and China (Yunnan). The greatest number of Kachin live in Myanmar (roughly 790,000), but some 150,000 live in China and a few thousand in India. Numbering about 1012,000 in the late 20th century, they speak a variety of languages of the Tibeto-Burman group and are thereby distinguished as Jinghpaw, or Jingpo (Chingpaw [Ching-p’o], Singhpo), Atsi, Maru (Longvo), Lachid, Nung (Rawang), and Lisu .
The traditional Kachin religion is a form of animistic ancestor cult entailing animalsacrifice. As a result of the arrival of American and European missionaries in Burma beginning in the late 19th century, a majority of the Kachin are Christian, mainly Baptist and Roman Catholic. Among the Kachin in India, Buddhism predominates.