– Kaye Lin
The Australian government has forced the daughter of a senior Burmese general, Zin Mon Aye to leave the country. Australia has a policy against the country of Burma which sanctions the country in order to target the top military members of Burma. Zin Mon Aye was studying at a university in Australia, and she was forced to leave Australia after the government found out her familial ties to the Burmese military regime.
People say that the Burmese general’s daughter’s presence in the country opposes Australia’s aims at promoting democracy in Burma. Therefore, as the country targets the Burmese military regime, the policy is also targeting the families of the regime.
Zin Mon Aye is fighting to remain in Australia. Her lawyer has said that Aye is the victim in this policy- she is innocent. Zin Mon Aye has said that she does not rely on her parents financially to attend the university. She does not see why she is being punished for her father’s association with the Burmese regime. She has said that she wanted to obtain citizenship in Australia and planned to live there after she had gotten her accounting degree at the university.
Is it moral to kick the General’s daughter out of the country?
There is a lot of controversy circling this situation. Is it moral or ethical to target a woman because of her father’s association with the military? Even in the office, we are debating over that matter and have had quarrels with the story.
Many of the people in the office believe that it is the Australian government’s right to stand by their beliefs and sanctions. If Australia is adamant about their values on democracy, they should implement it, they say. Since the Burmese military leaders are corrupt, they are using blood money, and this blood money is being deposited to democratic countries, like Australia.
I understand this side, but I still think to kick a woman out of the country is unjust. She is innocent, and she is being punished for her father’s actions. I think that as a democratic country, they should be willing to take her in and make her aware of what a “ free democracy” truly means. The girl is trying to get an education, and the country has a great opportunity to educate her well of democratic and moral principles. I think they could have used that to their advantage instead of shunning the poor girl.
If we shun our enemies or the families of enemies, we are not winning. We are not opening up engagement or opening our understanding or theirs. Simply, we are just going on with the ongoing circle of bloodshed and war. Furthermore, I think Australia will be crippled by this case. Zin Mon Aye will have resentment of Australia and how they had given her unjust treatment when all she wanted was to be given the right to study and to be treated equally.
What do you think of this case?
I also wanted to ask if you think it is ironic that the Burmese military leaders with so much money and power send their children to study in rich democratic countries. The children of the leaders, either live abroad and live rich lives, or go back to their countries with the education they have achieved, and still continue to work under their parents. Did their education pay off ?
Let me know your thoughts.