The Dalai Lama Steps Down


March 10, 2011

Dharamsala: Statement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the 52nd Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day

Today marks the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan people‘s peaceful uprising of 1959 against Communist China‘s repression in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, and the third anniversary of the non-violent demonstrations that took place across Tibet in 2008. On this occasion, I would like to pay tribute to and pray for those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for the just cause of Tibet. I express my solidarity with those who continue to suffer repression and pray for the well-being of all sentient beings.

For more than sixty years, Tibetans, despite being deprived of freedom and living in fear and insecurity, have been able to maintain their unique Tibetan identity and cultural values. More consequentially, successive new generations, who have no experience of free Tibet, have courageously taken responsibility in advancing the cause of Tibet. This is admirable, for they exemplify the strength of Tibetan resilience.

This Earth belongs to humanity and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) belongs to its 1.3 billion citizens, who have the right to know the truth about the state of affairs in their country and the world at large. If citizens are fully informed, they have the ability to distinguish right from wrong. Censorship and the restriction of information violate basic human decency. For instance, China’s leaders consider the communist ideology and its policies to be correct. If this were so, these policies should be made public with confidence and open to scrutiny.

China, with the world’s largest population, is an emerging world power and I admire the economic development it has made. It also has huge potential to contribute to human progress and world peace. But to do that, China must earn the international community’s respect and trust. In order to earn such respect China’s leaders must develop greater transparency, their actions corresponding to their words. To ensure this, freedom of expression and freedom of the press are essential. Similarly, transparency in governance can help check corruption. In recent years, China has seen an increasing number of intellectuals calling for political reform and greater openness. Premier Wen Jiabao has also expressed support for these concerns. These are significant indications and I welcome them.

The PRC is a country comprising many nationalities, enriched by a diversity of languages and cultures. Protection of the language and culture of each nationality is a policy of the PRC, which is clearly spelt out in its constitution. Tibetan is the only language to preserve the entire range of the Buddha’s teachings, including the texts on logic and theories of knowledge (epistemology), which we inherited from India’s Nalanda University. This is a system of knowledge governed by reason and logic that has the potential to contribute to the peace and happiness of all beings. Therefore, the policy of undermining such a culture, instead of protecting and developing it, will in the long run amount to the destruction of humanity’s common heritage.

The Chinese government frequently states that stability and development in Tibet is the foundation for its long-term well-being. However, the authorities still station large numbers of troops all across Tibet, increasing restrictions on the Tibetan people. Tibetans live in constant fear and anxiety. More recently, many Tibetan intellectuals, public figures and environmentalists have been punished for articulating the Tibetan people’s basic aspirations. They have been imprisoned allegedly for “subverting state power” when actually they have been giving voice to the Tibetan identity and cultural heritage. Such repressive measures undermine unity and stability. Likewise, in China, lawyers defending people’s rights, independent writers and human rights activists have been arrested. I strongly urge the Chinese leaders to review these developments and release these prisoners of conscience forthwith.

The Chinese government claims there is no problem in Tibet other than the personal privileges and status of the Dalai Lama. The reality is that the ongoing oppression of the Tibetan people has provoked widespread, deep resentment against current official policies. People from all walks of life frequently express their discontentment. That there is a problem in Tibet is reflected in the Chinese authorities’ failure to trust Tibetans or win their loyalty. Instead, the Tibetan people live under constant suspicion and surveillance. Chinese and foreign visitors to Tibet corroborate this grim reality.

Therefore, just as we were able to send fact-finding delegations to Tibet in the late 1970s and early 1980s from among Tibetans in exile, we propose similar visits again. At the same time we would encourage the sending of representatives of independent international bodies, including parliamentarians. If they were to find that Tibetans in Tibet are happy, we would readily accept it.

The spirit of realism that prevailed under Mao’s leadership in the early 1950s led China to sign the 17-point agreement with Tibet. A similar spirit of realism prevailed once more during Hu Yaobang‘s time in the early 1980s. If there had been a continuation of such realism the Tibetan issue, as well as several other problems, could easily have been solved. Unfortunately, conservative views derailed these policies. The result is that after more than six decades, the problem has become more intractable.

The Tibetan Plateau is the source of the major rivers of Asia. Because it has the largest concentration of glaciers apart from the two Poles, it is considered to be the Third Pole. Environmental degradation in Tibet will have a detrimental impact on large parts of Asia, particularly on China and the Indian subcontinent. Both the central and local governments, as well as the Chinese public, should realise the degradation of the Tibetan environment and develop sustainable measures to safeguard it. I appeal to China to take into account the survival of people affected by what happens environmentally on the Tibetan Plateau.

In our efforts to solve the issue of Tibet, we have consistently pursued the mutually beneficial Middle-Way Approach, which seeks genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people within the PRC. In our talks with officials of the Chinese government’s United Front Work Department we have clearly explained in detail the Tibetan people’s hopes and aspirations. The lack of any positive response to our reasonable proposals makes us wonder whether these were fully and accurately conveyed to the higher authorities.

Since ancient times, Tibetan and Chinese peoples have lived as neighbours. It would be a mistake if our unresolved differences were to affect this age-old friendship. Special efforts are being made to promote good relations between Tibetans and Chinese living abroad and I am happy that this has contributed to better understanding and friendship between us. Tibetans inside Tibet should also cultivate good relations with our Chinese brothers and sisters.

In recent weeks we have witnessed remarkable non-violent struggles for freedom and democracy in various parts of North Africa and elsewhere. I am a firm believer in non-violence and people-power and these events have shown once again that determined non-violent action can indeed bring about positive change. We must all hope that these inspiring changes lead to genuine freedom, happiness and prosperity for the peoples in these countries.

One of the aspirations I have cherished since childhood is the reform of Tibet’s political and social structure, and in the few years when I held effective power in Tibet, I managed to make some fundamental changes. Although I was unable to take this further in Tibet, I have made every effort to do so since we came into exile. Today, within the framework of the Charter for Tibetans in Exile, the Kalon Tripa, the political leadership, and the people’s representatives are directly elected by the people. We have been able to implement democracy in exile that is in keeping with the standards of an open society.

As early as the 1960s, I have repeatedly stressed that Tibetans need a leader, elected freely by the Tibetan people, to whom I can devolve power. Now, we have clearly reached the time to put this into effect. During the forthcoming eleventh session of the fourteenth Tibetan Parliament in Exile, which begins on 14th March, I will formally propose that the necessary amendments be made to the Charter for Tibetans in Exile, reflecting my decision to devolve my formal authority to the elected leader.

Since I made my intention clear I have received repeated and earnest requests both from within Tibet and outside, to continue to provide political leadership. My desire to devolve authority has nothing to do with a wish to shirk responsibility. It is to benefit Tibetans in the long run. It is not because I feel disheartened. Tibetans have placed such faith and trust in me that as one among them I am committed to playing my part in the just cause of Tibet. I trust that gradually people will come to understand my intention, will support my decision and accordingly let it take effect.

I would like to take this opportunity to remember the kindness of the leaders of various nations that cherish justice, members of parliaments, intellectuals and Tibet Support Groups, who have been steadfast in their support for the Tibetan people. In particular, we will always remember the kindness and consistent support of the people and Government of India and State Governments for generously helping Tibetans preserve and promote their religion and culture and ensuring the welfare of Tibetans in exile. To all of them I offer my heartfelt gratitude.

With my prayers for the welfare and happiness of all sentient beings.

The Dalai Lama
10 March 2011

82 thoughts on “The Dalai Lama Steps Down

  1. Dalai Lama should have stepped down 60 years ago when the 1.3 billion people powers led by the revolutionary leader Chairman Mao declared to the world at Tiananmen Square that Chinese people has stood up from today October 1, 1949, the birth day of new China.

    Unfortunately, outsiders demonized China as threats to the world till today.

    Dalai Lama is a hero to outsiders/foreigners and a wolf in monk’s robes to new China!

    Sadly Dalai Lama has misled by foreigners against their own people for such a long time to wake up. As a religion man, Dalai Lama should have no role in politics to meddle about from day one!!

  2. A great Spiritual Leader of the 20th century has decided that he must clear the way for a new elected leader of the Tibetan people. That to me is an act of leadership when a leader knows when it is time to stand back and let others succeed him.

    I have great respect for the Dalai Lama and have read a number of his books, but the one I found very helpful is “The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living”.

    The Dalai Lama is arguably the most admired political leader of our time; he’s also a Buddhist teacher. His books are very popular among people of all persuasions, because he takes the essence of Buddhism and makes it accessible to people of all faiths, whatever their religious beliefs.–Din Merican

  3. Dato Din,

    How come Dalai Lama is the most admired “political leader” when “politics” should be separated from religion based on the West standard ?

    Hypocrite, pure double standard!

  4. Dalai Lama practices feudalism and slavery systems before Tibet was liberated. After 60 of liberation and reconstruction in Tibet when he is exile till today, and now he claims credits for the success of Tibet? It is simply illogical!!

  5. To put the matters right and records straight: Dalai Lama has been a violently person, unfit as spiritual leader. His arm uprising in 1959 and 2008…clearly a showed his true color: a very violent person supported/masterminded by the British, India and USA and the entire Western powers to split China in the name of religion for more than 100 years

  6. The choices for Dalai Lama are simple:

    1. If he is sincere, go back in exile to China, say sorry, everything will be solved. He can be a King of Tibet Autonomous province, like the British King/Queen, else,

    2. Follow the foreign masters’ stuffs, like the current Middle East uprising … This is probably his current motive, a trouble making only as China was liberated since 1949.

  7. Thomas Merton: “I shall disappear now.”
    Dalai Lama: “My soul brother..”
    Mohammad Ali: “Sting like a butterfly, float like a bee..” (ad-libbed)

  8. Chairman Mao says: “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun”. DL is great solely because he don’t own gun and fight with one that with gun. The West admire hero, love hero, create hero and preferably control the hero, unfortunately the challenger this round is Mao, Deng, Jiang, Hu, CCP and PLA.

    “After 60 years of liberation….”
    Hmmm……I am not sure if we can call the entry of 18th army of PLA into Tibet in 1950s, battle of Chamdo, 17 point Agreement and suppression of Tibetan rebellion a liberation. The Chinaman’s Burden era? The Chinese learn fast.

  9. “The Chinese learn fast.”
    Beg your pardon? PRC learns fast? Well they better! The Hwang He don’t reach the sea no more!
    Dalai Lama? He’ll disappear soon enough. Though his attitude won’t. I think they call it “ahimsa” – like that Gandhi fellow. Hero, antihero, let the Tibetans decide.
    Anyway, the next uprising might not be in Tibet nor Xinjiang. Too far from centers of power. The Taiping Rebellion started in Guangxi, by a Hakka fruitcake.., and the Chinese Revolution started at Wuchang, nominally led by another Hakka cookie.

  10. Don’t you know that the Dalai Lama speaks Malay?

    Once in the ’70s Dalai Lama walked into one of those all female barber shops along Jln. Bukit Bintang (euphemism for brothels and unfamiliar with Malaysia he didn’t know it) to have a hair cut. He still had some hair then.

    He said, “Saya Lama” introducing himself. And the girl said, “Aiya lu lama ka?” And he said, “Yeah saya Lama”. The girls said, “Lu mesti bayar extra”.

  11. Don’t you know that the Dalai Lama met his match when he was walking along lower Manhattan? His match turned out to be an Afghani hot dog vendor.

    Dalai Lama: I want a hot dog. How much?
    Hot dog vendor: That would be $3.00 Sir.
    The Dalai Lama handed him a fiver – and waited for his change.

    After a while, the Dalai Lama said, “Where’s my change?”

    Hot dog vendor: Change must come from within.

  12. Frank, might have to complain to H.E. Chai Xi, the next time i meet him. Real nuisance.

    Here’s to you Bean:

  13. A Beijing cybertrooper in our midst? This is bad. I thought we have seen the last of these blog hoggers when Pak Abu bows out. So more coming this way, huh!

  14. The Dalai Lama’s life represents a wasted journey as far as his mountainous paradise of a country is concerned. He has allowed himself to be used as a pawn and achieved absolutely nothing.

    He ought to have stayed on in Tibet, accepted the reality of the changes taking place all around him and being the wise person that he is, negotiated with the Chinese all those years ago. But just when his people needed him most, he abandoned them.

  15. Here’s one from my favorite ‘existentialist’ Muslim, whom Mao would have misunderstood badly:

  16. With all due respect who in Malaysia cares about the Dalai Lama. Our problems are mounting because we are solving problems that create new problems and we are playing politics with issues of the day.

    Malaysians have traditionally been spot on when it comes to politics of foreign countries. But when it comes to our own we dance around the subject.
    _________
    some people like me care because he embodies the struggle of the Tibetan people and is a man of compassion.–Din Merican

  17. Yes Datuk, Compassion and Mercy is what is lacking throughout the world.

    In this country such virtues has literally gone the way of the Dodo. With tremendous cynical manipulation of Power, the Executive branch has eroded any semblance of individual freedom or liberty that allows the ordinary citizen to chose his destiny. The legislature and judiciary remains emasculated and easily toyed with.

    The Dalai Lama is amongst the most consistent advocate of pluralism, peaceful co-existence and inclusiveness alive today. He reminds us, together with Dr. Abdullahi an-Naim, the Emory Professor of Law (in the vid above), that it is our personal responsibility (as individuals) to make a change for the better. Now.

    Their message is as old as Man himself. There is no point belaboring ‘action’, if the masses remain blind and deaf. Sometimes we have to listen to our own hearts and find solace within.

  18. CLF, thank you for the video . It is absolutely enlightening. In the scenario of Malaysia, that is exactly what is lacking,what we need from now on. The ownership of our own change by the choices WE make individually . This would then bring enormous change in M’sia. If every M’sian individual takes ownership of our own actions and how our actions or inactions impact upon the nation as a whole then we will stand a chance to become a better country. If we take ownership of change individually, then there can be more accountabiltiy from those who govern the country because we will demand accountability for every action or inaction .It is I believe walking with Awareness in life ,making good choices. As oppossed to making bad choices and hurting people.

  19. Allow me to expand on my last sentence.
    As oppossed to not taking ownership of our own change and then making bad choices, ie not demanding accountability from those who govern ,for example, which impacts on the country negatively.

  20. Don’t like to say this but say this i must . Some how i find upon reading this , that the Dalai Lama is naive of the realities of todays world and this inspite of his widely travelled life.

    I think the only place he has not travelled to is the antartica – so maha kutty is more then one up on the dalai lama.

    Naive as he maybe of the realities in the world today, i must also agree with din in that this piece is written with humility and compassion – something maha kutty can’t bring himself to do .

  21. Agreed Familiaris, I fully endorse :

    Inter-religious discourse is vital, because it’s here we find there is compelling convergence of good positive knowledge & values in our world of pluralities & multiplicities : the ultimate would be Unity In Diversity…too compelling to ignore ! The other alternative is pepertual conflict …..everywhere….

    Why philosophical humanism or spirituality ?

    Because it is the spirit of Man that can over-overcome & conquer the flesh….I am being repititious here. Did we not witness how Jesus Christ (pbh) came to accost & confront the Orthodoxy which had become too corrupted ? So did Muhammad ( pbh ) who came and accosted the Arabs in their period of ” Jahilliah ” ( period of sinfull infidelity in their culture, debased ) ?

    It is too obvious to deny : all great Scientists emanated from their deep reverence of their human spirit : the burning desire to seek for truth !
    Here I quote a Hindu sage :

    ” For those who believe in Spirituality no proof is necessary, and for those who do not, no amount of proof is enough ! “

  22. “As a religion man, Dalai Lama should have no role in politics to meddle about from day one!!” rightways

    Does it mean a religious man must close his eyes to abuse of power, atrocities, poverty or even evil deeds of a government?
    Does it mean he will be deemed to be meddling in politics if he speaks against the government?

    Religion and politics are intertwined. Politics has encroaches into every aspect of our lives, even religion. (e.g banning of the word ‘Allah’ and the Bible)

    The Catholic Church speaks loudly on political matters but the church itself is NOT involved in party politics nor contest in elections.

    It is a religious obligations to stand up against oppression and that’s what Dalai Lama is doing.
    May God Bless Him.

  23. “Religion and politics are intertwined” SAMO1

    And that is exactly the trouble. Religion has no place in politics whatsoever. Everyone should be free to have any FAITH they like – but religion is superfluous.

  24. “Religion and politics are intertwined. Politics has encroaches into every aspect of our lives, even religion. (e.g banning of the word ‘Allah’ and the Bible)” Sam01

    What are you blabbering about?

    In the life of a nation state, religion is separated from the state for the obvious reason that religion is too divisive. However, when it comes to the Muslim religion it is not something that is easy to do because Islam is more than a religion. It is a way of life. It permeates all aspects of public and private lives.

    In countries where Islam is the state religion like Pakistan, the discriminatory treatment of its religious minorities is also a violation of human rights. Just as it is in Malaysia where Islam does not rise to the level of a state religion, where it is only “the religion of the federation”. By that it means state ceremonies and functions would have to follow Islamic tradition. Islam in Malaysia is not a state religion and is never meant to be.

  25. Does it mean a religious man must close his eyes to abuse of power, atrocities, poverty or even evil deeds of a government? – Sam01

    No. Dalai Lama himself practiced feudal, slavery systems, abuse of power, atrocities, poverty, evil deeds of a government before China was liberated in 1949. Dalai Lama is misled by foreigners’ powers who wanted to split China and he resorted to arms violence against the liberation of new China. If Pop Pope did similarly, what would the consequences?!

    “Religion and politics are intertwined” is exactly the trouble. ‘Religion has no place in politics whatsoever. Everyone should be free to have any FAITH they like – but religion is superfluous’ as Isa Manteqi rightly said.

  26. Various constitutional provisions are expressed as safeguards to the constitutional status of the Muslim religion. If Islam is meant to be a state religion, then why such provisions within the country’s federal constitution? Why is there a need for special laws to protect, and to prevent the proselytization of Muslims?

  27. May God Bless Him.

    Sam01 – March 11, 2011 at 9:30 am
    ——————————————

    You mean may God bless him? It looks like you got your head screwed back to front.

  28. A Sino-centric bordering on madness. – Frank

    Frank=Chinese illiterate=British tricks/running dogs, China/Chinese bashing again!

    What is wrong if we were Chinese rooted?

  29. What is wrong if we were Chinese rooted?

    rightways – March 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

    To quote Mongkut Bean, rightways, “what are you blabbering about ? Chinese rooted? Whats that?

  30. Frank, might have to complain to H.E. Chai Xi, the next time i meet him. Real nuisance.-C.L. Familiaris

    C.L. Familiaris =Frank=Chinese illiterate=English tricks/dogs. China/Chinese bashing again!

  31. ‘Malaysia is not a Muslim country’ as many has misunderstood and inadvertently said!

    Islam is only a majority religion in Malaysia, other religions are allowed!

  32. To the Great Wall of China – which will not see nor hear, much less understand -C.L. Familiaris

    That means Chinese illiterates, never never learn, never never see, hear, much less understand, copy the British boleh lah!

  33. rightways=Beijing cybertrooper=Sino-centric lunatic

    And brainlessly worships everything chinese, even rubbish coming out of China

  34. What are you blabbering about?.. Bean

    Who can beat you at blabbering, Mr Bean.
    Anyone who speaks ill of Dalai Lama must be a sick soul? These critics must look at themselves in the mirror. How much have you guys sacrificed for Freedom and Justice except to blabber in blogs.

  35. Most of us are not with superior English background, we shall read and understand the context of a comment rather go into semantic. In perspective, “Chinese rooted” simply mean rooted to Chinese culture, and therefore the Chinese Malaysian may have much empathy pertaining to politic and event that happen in a country like China that share similar culture and language, akin to a Muslim that have more compassion toward a Muslim country in Middle East, for instance, Palestine. Din blog encompass subject and issue not limited to Malaysia, I see nothing wrong if we make a stance on certain issue and to offer our opinion.

  36. A Chinese Malaysian? Indian Malaysian? Malay Malaysian? ‘Other’ Malaysian?
    Or a Malaysian Chinese-Indian-Malay-Other?
    Or just plain Malaysian?
    Semantics? Semiotics? Syntax? Polemic?
    Decide!
    Opinions are fine, wasting bandwidth with personal attacks and paranoia ain’t.

  37. The language of the Dalai Lama, is not of warlike discordance.
    Together with Frank who is an agnostic-atheist, we challenge the “anti-Humanism”: vis-a-vis Authoritarianism and Legalism of the PRC Regime. They are no longer Commies/Maoist.
    Can or not?

  38. When were the “Chinese” a Tribe, that we can personally attack?
    My genome is Chinese Han,
    My mind is not Tribal.
    I am Malaysian by nationality, nurture and nature.
    I am a Global citizen.
    Who are you?

  39. C.L. Familiaris looks like a Chinese illiterate even he is a Chinese rooted Malaysian.

    What Tribal? It was never in my mind. As I wrote and told you before, I am a Malaysian citizen of Chinese origin, worked and studied in UK, US, Aussie & NZ, Taiwan, Singapore …. and Malaysia for more than 40 years globally.

    Stop personal attacks!!

  40. Pray tell is that Native American, African American, Chinese American, Hispanic American, Caucasian American or just plain American? The rightist have the tendency to conflate nationality with race, are we moving toward the same attitude?

    “we challenge the “anti-Humanism”: vis-a-vis Authoritarianism and Legalism of the PRC Regime.”
    No doubt I am with you on this, however wrt Authoritarianism and Legalism, I am in the opinion that everything is relative.

  41. Just plain Human, HuaYong.
    My true genetic ancestors were Negroids who walked out of Africa 70,000+ yrs. ago.
    There is no conflation, reduction nor projection.
    The rest are merely commentaries.
    Nothing is relative on the question of “I”.

  42. In PRC, i would be regarded as a “Leftist”, just like in Malaysia.
    I am who “I” can possibly be.
    To change is a choice, only “I” can make.
    “We”, does not enter into the equation.

  43. CLF, you always write in a deep and profound manner. Command a more sophisticated mind to engage you. I lack such astute, but I will try. :)

    I wrote this in another blog, i prefer to stay grounded and not cut off from reality.

  44. “How much have you guys done for Freedom and Justice except to blabber in blogs” Sam01

    Me? I admit I did nothing. Never claimed I did.

    Be that as it may, this is a serious allegation to be making and a slur on the reputation of readers and posters here on this blog. You’re painting everybody here with one broad stroke and putting yourself on a high moral pedestal.

    If by that you mean to tell us that you’ve done a lot for freedom and justice, then you wouldn’t mind publishing your laundry list of ‘achievements’ and let us be the judge.

  45. Nobody is China bashing here. It’s just the way China is being promoted as a cure all and is potrayed as a victim of the West. Nobody disputes the 5000 year history and civilization of China but it is not the perfect system.

    Lest we all forget the Tibetans are also seeking freedom. Along with the other Himalayan states such as Nepal and Bhutan, we should respect the wishes of the Tibetans and not become a province of China.

    For a world wise citizen Rightways ahould be mindful of the way you try to promote China. Chinese culture and customs should not be attributed to the Chinese politics and Chinese Communist Party. They existed even before “China was liberated” in 1949. On the same token you should not be western bashing blaming all the ills of the world and nations on the West.

  46. A leftist? I don’t think so. Perhaps a prodemocracy activist like Liu Xiaobo.

    My understanding of leftist and rightist in PRC context (Generally):

    Leftist – Endorse Mao, affirm first 30 years, strongly against the West, capitalism, and privatization, praise nationalisation, socialism and egalitarianism.

    Rightist – Negate Mao, affirm the final 30 years, praise highly the West, privatisation and elitism, oppose nationalisation, socialism and egalitarianism.

    Mao is extremely left and Hu lean toward left while Deng and Jiang is right incline.

    In Malaysia and Singapore, I think a leftist would not likely to join DAP and PAP. I believe I am a leftist.

  47. Thanks, HuaYong. I stand corrected.
    Thanks for the compliment, but can in no way compare to Liu Xiaobo. Too chicken..

    Most of the time, whilst in China, i can’t talk politics. My journeys and missions there are simple, quick and ‘businesslike’. I have seen the rural poverty from Yunnan to Inner Mongolia. Hope and faith is a very fragile thing amongst the ‘peasantry’. I haven’t been back for the past 4 years, except a very short business trip to Guangxi last Sept. My brother has missions in Xian, Shenzhen and Shanghai, but don’t have time to accompany him. He’s too Americanized and driven, i suppose.

    It can be worse in parts of India (Kerala’s fine, Delhi so-so – Very paranoid fellas). Myanmar which i visited last year, seems to be caught in a time warp. Hoping to go to Bangladesh soon.

    Btw, Bean you still need the teloq masin? Someone’s going to drop by NY on the way to Boston in early March. Can drop it for you in the Trade Comm’s office.

  48. Looes74,
    I suspect Li Ao is extremely nationalistic, that said, I concur with some of his view on Tibet and Mao Zedong. Like many that commented here, I have great doubt towards a political leader that talk spiritually, especially if he is with CIA backing. Tibetan have every rights to put forward their grudge but fact is Tibet were annexed to China since Qing Qianlong,and secession require the best of timing and luck. Too bad CCP is not lead by a group of sick man of Asia.

  49. Spirituality and Religious traditions has nothing to do with politics, and by extension governance?
    Then what is the preamble in the US Declaration of Independence about the Creator?

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..”

    The tripartite checks an balances of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary in modern democracies were derived from the Christian Doctrine of the Original Sin. The government itself, needed to be governed, because all men are fallible. Including the Pope (i’m not catholic), Dalai lama and all other temporal entities.

    But then democracy in the US is a totally ‘Western’ notion that is surely incompatible with natural justice, liberty, personal responsibility and other useless virtues. So all ‘Western’ democracies – where we see individuality, freedom, creativity and spontaneous expressiveness – ‘sins’ through authoritarian ‘eyes’? Yes. No need for that, for man lives by bread alone?

    Of course we are not talking about the Eastern notions of governance – regimes who use Legalisms, so beloved by their apologists (cf ‘that criminal Liu’). The Mandate of Heaven suffices, yes at the point of a gun! Otherwise chaos, because the rabble and peasants are animals who don’t know better.

    One has to decide who one is, not waffling and bargaining, trying to get the best deal thereof.
    Reductio ad absurdium..

  50. The CCP politburo is more arcane than one can possibly divine. What goes on behind it’s deliberations? Was Marshal Lin assassinated? What happened to Chou En-Lai? Then Deng Xiaoping, who was nearly pasteurized? Gang of four? Who’s Hu?

    Sino-centric religionists are the last to see the ‘beauty’ and ‘poetry’ of their hypocrisy and hubris.. PRC as it stands, is fragile and paranoid and that’s why they try to project strength. It is hollow beneath its bluster. And lest it truly becomes ‘democratic’ – the Center must hang on to dear life. Chaos like Tienanmen Square Incidents or Jasmine revolutions must be dealt with severely because that is the Way of Heaven on Earth.

    Phenol injections to terminate third term pregnancies are legal. Yes. Moral? I have seen the consequences in Shantung.

  51. Yup, the West is decadent. Beyond redemption. Flowery (not flowering, MBA titled) enough?
    PRC and it’s satellite North Korea and Myanmar is Heaven on Earth. Agree?
    Then i done.

  52. Unwelcome in China?
    No, quite on the contrary.
    I can get my visa immediately without queuing from the Embassy. Not because of “business” either.
    The pragmatists in Beijing are more open than your sino-centric views.
    Many of them have traveled more extensively and better read than you who has been supposedly educated in the” West”.
    They like idiots like me to tell them that they are doing things ‘inefficiently’; and are willing to listen to advice so long as it does not touch on political matters.
    Those who haven’t met me always ask the same question: “Where is your ancestral village?” That of course, you need not know, if you are Malaysian..

    My grandpa, god bless his soul, even returned to Nanking during WW2 to fight the Japanese occupation. He lost everything he built up in Malaya when he returned. The family were Christians, persecuted during the time of the Boxer Rebellion, because we were considered ‘non-Chinese’ because of our beliefs. That’s why we are here. I don’t know why your ancestors migrated, but it doesn’t matter. Here and now is the reality.

    We are not apologists for the regime in PRC nor for ROC Taiwan. We have transcended that, and we see it as it is. The PRC wants to have good Public Relations, but people like you are a disservice to them. Hence my allusion to HE Chai Xi.

  53. Would Frank & C.L. Familiaris, disclose your laundry list of ‘achievements’- rightways

    Typical half-clever overseas chinese who worships every garbage dished out of mainland China.

    A stupid overseas chinese with an idiotic mind.

  54. rightways,

    I seen almost all the corners of China in my line of work over the last 20 years which only you can dream of.

  55. Hahaha.. Frank, this fella’s worse than a fruitcake. Wouldn’t even say he’s half clever.
    His Excellency Chai Xi, is the current PRC Ambassador in K.L. Doesn’t he know?

  56. this fella’s (rightways)worse than a fruitcake – C.L. Familiaris

    He is an overseas chinese idiot who thinks just because he thinks he is an overseas chinese who had gone to a chinese medium school and can read and write in simple English , he is smarter than everybody else.

    A typical sickening overseas chinese who attracts disgust from other races.

  57. C.L. Familiaris,

    This overseas chinese idiot has a blog called Rightways blog which nobody gives a shit to visit because all he does is cut and paste other old news. People could read those news on other newsmedia. Trying to be a silly one-man show malaysiakini.

    In the beginning he began commenting on Dato Din’s blog and always make a link so that readers can go to his blog. He thought he smart by trying to flow traffic to his blog . He got screwed on that by a few readers.

    He even got bored with his own blog that he comes over to other people’s blog and spit insults that the Dalai Lama and others, while not doing so on his own blog.

    A stupid overseas chinese idiot who is over clever for his own good.

  58. The facts that Rightways is a British/Chinese/Malaysian trained and qualified – rightways.

    A well-trained and qualified idiot.

  59. Frank,
    Rightways British trained huh. How on earth could that happen.. Virgin Conception?
    I think we must offer apologies to our friends here, for Chinapek wiring gone wrong.
    Methinks this character is Hokkien in dialect, which accounts for his confusing ‘Chai Si’ (literally: ‘know how to die’) into HE Chai Xi, the ambassador of PRC.
    And he’s so blanked out, that he thinks he’s Right in lumping us together; besides bullying him.. Boo hoo hoo.

    Tok Cik is enjoying this tremendously.. What say we make him our bat boy? Maybe he’s the spawn of Octo’s Chinapek ex-driver, just out to make a statement.

  60. Pak Abu’s clones are aplenty, CLF. The manner you guys, especially Frank, go about exposing them (culling them) is hilarious. It makes my day.

    Cheers.

  61. Rightway,
    I am sorry for not responding to you immediately. It’s not easy to size up China. Plus, always remember….It does mean that whatever Li Ao says is correct. Especially Li Ao got the whole Singaporeans worked up over him saying that Singaporeans gene are of lower quality…..Ultimately, granted him a visit to Singapore. One Lianhe Zaobao writer says that sometime it would be better to ignore Li Ao
    One thing about Li Ao…..He is damned merticulous in presenting his case….With facts & figures….Of course, certain things that Li Ao says is correct…..Especially the case with Deng Xiao Peng decision to clamp down the Tiananmen protestors

    Rightways,
    Deng unlike Mahathir would own up his action on sending the troops over to Tiananmen to clamp down protestors. Li Ao has always demonstrated with facts & figures that McArthur ordered Patton to clamp down on protestors during the 30s. Patton ordered his troops to clamp down his own kind…..
    Hehehe, however, as the case of operation lalang, it’s entirely different….It’s UMNO & MCA…..Or precisely Lajib who had gathered the crowd at the stadiums…..On the orders of ahem ahem……….

    Guys,
    Believe it or not…..There was a split in the China leadership. The students being encouraged or rather instigated by one gang so as to ahem ahem……No sane mind would dare to mass around Tiananmen square without the backing from somebody….Google it, you know who…..hehehe
    Li Peng is one damn Weakling…..does not seem to manage the situation nicely & let it fester & escalate to the point of no return……Sorry, rightways……CIA would love to mess up with the China people but it’s the China leadership then mess up themselves……The man, Deng Xiao Peng got to send the troops to tui lam,,,,,the protestors…..Or are they dissenters within China Communist……The real story behind the Tiananmen massacre

    Guys,
    It’s just like Abrahim Lincoln who declared war against the confederates…..To prevent the South from leaving United States of American……As simple as that
    In the case of Dalai Lama, I disagree that he’s a conspirator of CIA….More of sharing common interest…..China still need a docile Tibet for military purpose…..Just like why China is keeping North Korea……

    Rightway,
    Li Ao did say one thing about People’s Republic of China constituition…..if only they follow the ideals…..the problem is just as in malaysia, they didn’t
    China is facing the problem of its own success…..They need to ensure that they need to maintain the balance between the rich & poor……Wen Jia Bao, China premier has been pushing for much needed reforms…..
    Democracy……they do have at the lower level……..Come to think of it british democracy is not the perfect democracy

    Guys,
    Watch Yes Prime Minister : Power to the People lately….hehehe

  62. Hua Yong,
    There is no right or wrong in China. Only winner or loser. Zhao is simply on the losing. Look at China now…….What did you see? Mao’s China or Chiang’s China. Who actually win the war actually? Perhaps, our dear Li Ao can answer that
    Remember what Deng says……Regardless of black cat or white cat, the one who catches mice is good cat

    Rightway,
    China need to reduce the imbalance quick. The same thing happens to Chiang’s Kuomintang can happen to China CCP. China Communist Party stood up better than Kuomintang
    Kuomintang ran like a family business. Heard of the phrase fortune never go beyond 3 generations. CCP changes their leadership frequently……Someday somehow, newer, better educated chinese leadership would prop up.
    Having said that, that parliamentary chief of China should be tui lam…..Not because his theory…..The way he present himself

  63. Rightway,
    Having said that China do need lotsa Zhu RongJi. It’s corruption that brought down Chiang’s Kuomingtang. It might happen to CCP if they are not careful. And the top leaders knew that
    Of course, just as in Singapore, they are very kiasu…..

  64. Frank & C.L. Familiaris,

    Why not, blogging is free, not for a fee, like this blog.

    Rightways don’t compete with this blog or others like malaysiakini.

    Rightways’ purposes and objectives are different from other blogs.

    Rightways provide facts and figures, wisdom and insights for everybody to learn and change with global views as the world change.

    Rightways’ have independent ways of generating traffic, do not depend on comments.

    Stop your unbecoming comments!

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