All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Burmese)

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 9:

Those who have the kindness of benefit for others

For the sake of living beings, do not relax their powers.

Though these holy beings bear a heavy burden,

They never put it down and dwell in discouragement.

*the Great Chariot Sutra*

Burma is known as a golden land made of several ranges (or ‘Yoma’ in Burmese) where thousands of tribal memories, wisdoms, religions, cultures and beauties of plants and animals dwell. The rivers, all of them are indeed important to the people and other existences, snake through these beautiful mountainous regions and flow from the north to the south where Indian Ocean is. The peoples, Burma has 103 ethnics, all of them used to be really generous and all they knew was to give.

Since the modern day’s dictators have systematically destroyed, now the golden land is famous for its narcotic trades, refugees, migrant workers and various atrocities and sufferings.

One day, we’ll be free again and the land will be again famous for its beauty.

Telstra assistance to check on loved ones in Burma

Media Release 10th May 2008

Telstra today announced an assistance package of free telephone calls for its residential customers wishing to check on friends and family who have braved the recent natural disaster in Burma (Mynamar).

From 12.00am on Saturday 10 May 2008 until midnight on Monday 19 May 2008, Telstra residential customers calling Burma from their residential fixed-line telephone will do so free of charge.

"We have all been shocked by the news that has come from the devastation in Burma this week," Maria Simpson, Telstra's Manager Community Investment said.

"To help Australians who are concerned about their friends and family in Burma , Telstra is offering residential customers free fixed-line telephone calls for those trying to contact loved ones during this difficult time.

"Calls made to Burma during this time will automatically be billed at zero.

"While communication lines are now open to Burma , we encourage customers to be patient during this time. Difficulties may still be experienced when trying to connect to Burma ," Ms Simpson said.

Telstra is also supporting the efforts made by a number of community organisations to help during the natural disaster. If you would like to make a donation to help provide valuable medicine, food, fresh water or shelter for those in need, please visit the Our Community donations website at

If by chance, a customer does find that they have been charged for a call from their residential fixed-line telephone during this time, they are encouraged to contact Telstra on the number that appears on the top of their bill to have the charges rebated.

Telstra Media Contact:

Elizabeth Bardwell


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Telstra assistance to check on loved ones in Burma" for free was truely humanitarian action. It is an extreme example a kind of relief to Australian Burmese Community and to the their loved one. Thank you Telstra.

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