Aung San Suu Kyi


PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 August, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 August, 2003, 12:00am

Tax scapegoats

I refer to the letter 'A huge tax bill' (August 26).

The correspondent finds many groups to blame for his high taxes. His, or her, ranting is reminiscent of Pauline Hanson at the height of her infamy. In fact, the complaints against this person's fellow workers are worthy of even less credit than the vitriol spewed by the newly incarcerated Australian hate-monger, in that they are anonymous.

Perhaps this ambitious person should consider the benefits of living in a society before complaining about making contributions towards its upkeep. This fascist, and that is what it is, hatred for both the underprivileged and foreigners is reminiscent of 1930s Europe.

It is appropriate that the correspondent's spleen was vented so soon after the 'Nazi' fashion and bar incidents that received so much attention. One only hopes that this person does not have substantial debts to 'foreigners' to blame on any easy-to-target minority.

JOHN BRUCE, Shau Kei Wan

Democracy fighters

I refer to your article headlined 'Bearing silent witness', (August 13), about democracy fighters in Myanmar other than Aung San Suu Kyi.

We understand the feelings of Bo Kyi, head of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners in Myanmar, who has always worried about his comrades. The international community too is concerned not only about Ms Suu Kyi but her followers who are in prison. But she is the leader, and if she is freed the rest will follow.

In Myanmar, the courts are rubber stamps on political prisoners and there is no justice for them. Whatever the junta orders is the law.

Myanmar's foreign minister says that action taken internationally about Ms Suu Kyi is one-sided and unfair. Given the one-sided treatment of the people, recent international decisions about the junta are clearly fair.