Controversial travel report from Singapore reporter about Golden Rock
Replies: 77 - Last Post: Apr 15, 2012 7:20 AM Last Post By: bun_cha
Apr 13, 2012 4:30 AM
Controversial travel report from Singapore reporter about Golden RockThis is travel report from Singapore Journalist about her bad experiences in Golden Rock which make Burmese angry and become controversial issue on the website.
The last sentence of her article ended with "So Myanmar, please don't be in a hurry to catch up with us while you still can."
What do you think about it?
To Myanmar With Love
Apr 13, 2012 6:13 AM
1I thought that was quite insightful actually, just telling you how it really is in a developing country. It wasn't complaining, just drawing out the lessons learnt in one challenging situation. Too often westerners (like me) romanticise poverty, and I think the last sentence is doing that a bit. The people in Myanmar have the right to aspire to a better material lifestyle. And we have the right to appreciate the things that they have that we don't.
And after a cancelled trip last year, I will be getting there this year :)
Apr 13, 2012 8:02 AM
Apr 13, 2012 10:45 AM
3Rather strange article, most of which seems to moan about waiting for the lorry to fill up and leave, seems rather shallow to me, going to the Golden Rock is hardly a typical experience in Myanmar, pity she did not write about Yangon. Many people think it is a negative report judging by the comments after it, not sure it is but it could be clearer.
Apr 13, 2012 1:25 PM
Apr 13, 2012 1:39 PM
Apr 13, 2012 3:17 PM
Apr 13, 2012 8:32 PM
Apr 13, 2012 11:44 PM
9We refer to the country as Burma and the capital as Rangoon as the junta has never been officially recognised, as such neither have the names 'Myanmar' and 'Yangon'.
Have never been recognized by who? The United Nations officially refer to the country as Myanmar and it's capital Yangon. Countries such as Australia and UK still refer to it by its colonial name. If you look back at the history of the country's name, it was originally Myanmar (or a longer version of it) but when the British invaded and took control, they changed the name of the country and the major cities. It's only fair that the country should revert to its pre-colonial name regardless who is in power (junta or democratically elected government).
Apr 14, 2012 12:40 AM
10Once Britain has its economical foot in the door of the new "BURMA" with Banking and financial aspirations to help China in divesting the country of its assets, I'm sure that Cameron, (the Thathcherite in sheeps clothing,) will kindly aspire to calling it Myanmar & Yangon as its newly elected president Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visits Britain on her official visit in June OK.
I'm sure considering Tan Shwe and Maung A's despotic running of the country over the last 20 yrs, the populace wish they still were a small British colonial outpost as described in Nijkerks post Ha! Ha!
Thankfully with Murdochs ideology of Singaporian democracy and news worthy propogated views, he wished existed in UK. I feel sure our authors views on Myanmar reflect true Singaporean values in that English speaking colony of ours Ha! Ha!
Apr 14, 2012 1:13 AM
11yes, you can sms, telephone out of burma..using M1 telco company in singapore since last month...what`s the fuss? she did not subscribe to the right provider before she left for burma......an ignorant little girl....
Apr 14, 2012 1:51 AM
Apr 14, 2012 2:04 AM
13Love it, dont go to Myanmar because FB does not work, even more reason to go. Maybe there should be a warning on the visa form, maybe stop some people going and then leaving early.
Apr 14, 2012 4:19 AM
If only Cameron was a Thatcherite, there is no difference between the three main political parties in the UK. Thatcher is arguably the best prime minister that the UK has ever had. As to your somewhat absurd suggestion that the City of London will export banking and finance into Burma...haha not very likely! China stripping its assets, yes. However no doubt that is somehow Britain's fault according to you...
I place about as much importance with the UN as I do with the EU. Both of those organisations are unelected and unaccountable, especially the EU! As I said in my previous post, the junta isn't officially recognised and as such neither is the changed name of Myanmar in the UK. You can call it Myanmar and I shall call it Burma.
Out of interest, did you support Pol Pot changing the name of Cambodia to Democratic Kampuchea too? Like the junta in Burma, Pol Pot wasn't elected. If yes, do you still call it Democratic Kampuchea? If not, then why not? If you didn't support what Pol Pot did to take charge, then why support the military junta in Burma? I look forward to your response.
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