Posts by Swe Sin Tha

Educator, Creator of accessible education solutions, Web developer

Making a Life of One’s Own: Do I Hire a Housekeeper?

I woke up this morning in my one-bedroom apartment. I had not cleaned it since I moved in 3 weeks ago. I have been contemplating hiring a housekeeper but had no idea what “keeping” this house involves. What do I ask said housekeeper to do, and in what order? I decided I had to do it myself to figure it out. I started by sweeping the floors with a broom and dustpan I got from Fairprice. It was relatively effective but didn’t get to the smaller pieces of dust and hair. That didn’t please me, so I went on Amazon, intending to buy a vacuum cleaner. I never realized how much vacuum cleaners cost. The cheapest one I found suitable was $159. I decided against the vacuum cleaner and continued sweeping. I followed this up with some organizing, dishwashing, and window cleaning. The window cleaner tool has a spongy side and a hard side. I had no idea why. I soon figured that you wipe with the spongy side to remove traces of dirt and then the hard side to remove moisture. Voila! Sparkling clean windows. Keeping house was deeply satisfying and utterly boring at the same time. I am confused and conflicted by these feelings. I still don’t know whether to hire a housekeeper.

An Attempt To Be Perfect 0% Of The Time

Whether we’re creating art, building technology or hiring personnel — if we wait for perfect we’ll be waiting a long time. And we know this already.

Tan Lay

I took a friend’s advice and finally decided to stop striving for perfection and just focus on producing content. This is a time lapse with narration about the process of me buying and assembling my very first 3D printer.

Singaporean Companies Supporting the Myanmar Military and the People that Run Them

Being from Singapore and having tons of Singaporean friends, I can’t imagine any of them getting weapons from North Korea to the Burmese military, but that is exactly what two Singaporean companies, Excellence Metal Casting Pte. Ltd. and STE Global Trading Pte. Ltd. are accused of doing by the United Nations Security Council. Upon further investigation, I discovered that both these companies had the same registered address in a building I regularly go to eat Japanese rice bowls at. A look into their register of directors, revealed that the Director of the Myanmar Directorate for Defence Industries, Tun Hlaing is one of them. What was surprising though was that I saw another name with an associated address that was familiar to me. A condo a friend lives at in Pasir Panjang. Here is a Singapore citizen, NRIC number and all, bucking the trend that said Singaporeans were boring rule followers. This guy is a real life Singaporean arms trader. How many people can say that? I could tell from his NRIC number that this was a middle aged man and it gave me a laugh because this could’ve been any of the paunchy uncles I see lounging by the pool at my friend’s condo.

This got me into a rabbit hole of finding out who runs the rest of these companies. It was surprisingly hard and I couldn’t find much apart from their registered addresses and their employees on linked in. Acquiring the register of directors would cost me 20SGD for each company. I purchased the one for Singapore Hyalroute (Indonesia) Communication Investment Pte. Ltd. just out of curiosity. They supply fibre optic cables to military-owned Mytel. It’s owned by a combination of Singaporean citizens and permanent residents living in sought after addresses like Sentosa Cove so I guess it’s a well paying line of work lol.

Anyways, here’s a summary of my research excluding the personal details of the directors because I don’t want to be sued for doxxing.

Possible Actions To Be Taken

  • You could write to your Member of Parliament or go to a Meet The People session so they can take these companies to task.
  • You could write to these companies directly or call them out on social media. I expect these might work better with companies that are more public facing and has more a social media presence like Grab.
  • You could write directly to representatives of these companies.
Name of CompanyHow they are related to the Burmese militaryBusiness UENRegistered AddressWebsites & Socials
CODA PAYMENTS PTE. LTD.Coda Pay is a Singaporean digital payment technology company. It works for Mytel, the military owned mobile phone network, proving payment services for Mytel’s entertainment service.20113615853 CRAIG ROAD, #02-01, SINGAPORE 089691https://www.codapayments.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/company/coda-payments/
EXCELLENCE METAL CASTING PTE. LTD.Excellence Metal Casting is a Singaporean company named by the UN Panel on North Korea sanctions as being linked to Tun Hlaing, Director of the Myanmar Directorate for Defence Industries. It is believed to be linked to breaking UN sanctions on North Korea enabling the Burmese military to procure weapons from the country.200515340161 LAVENDER STREET, #02-13, LAVENDER PLACE, SINGAPORE 338750https://www.excellencecasting.com/
STE GLOBAL TRADING PTE. LTD.STE Global Trading Pte Ltd is a Singaporean company named by the UN Panel on North Korea sanctions as being linked to Tun Hlaing, Director of the Myanmar Directorate for Defence Industries. It is believed to be linked to breaking UN sanctions on North Korea enabling the Burmese military to procure weapons from the country.201402772161 LAVENDER STREET, #02-13, LAVENDER PLACE, SINGAPORE 338750http://www.steglobal.com/
GLOBAL AIRFREIGHT INTERNATIONAL PTE. LTD.Global Airfreight is a Singaporean airfreight company. It rents its offices in Burma from Myawaddy Bank. Myawaddy Bank is part of Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings, which is controlled by and for the benefit of the military.197401407115 AIRPORT CARGO ROAD, #07-15, CARGO AGENTS BUILDING C, SINGAPORE 819466https://www.globalair.com.sg/
https://www.linkedin.com/company/global-airfreight-international-pte-ltd/
GRABTAXI HOLDINGS PTE. LTD.Grab is Singaporean app-based taxi service. In Burma Grab hires the Gandamar Grand Ballroom forcorporate events. Gandamar Grand Ballroom is owned by the military-controlled Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd.2013161576 BATTERY ROAD, #38-04, SINGAPORE 049909https://www.linkedin.com/company/grabapp/
https://www.grab.com/sg/
SINGAPORE (INDONESIA) COMMUNICATION INVESTMENT PTE. LTD.(n.k.a) SINGAPORE HYALROUTE (INDONESIA) COMMUNICATION INVESTMENT PTE. LTD.(f.k.a)HyalRoute is a Singaporean company supplying communications fibre optic cables. In Burma it works for the military-owned Mytel mobile phone network.2015340716 TEMASEK BOULEVARD, #29-00, SUNTEC TOWER FOUR, SINGAPORE 038986https://www.linkedin.com/company/hyalroute/
http://www.hyalroute.com/
INFINITY GLOBAL SOLUTIONS PTE. LTD.Infinity Global Solutions is a Singaporean ecommerce services company. It provides services to Adipati Agricultural Produce Trading Limited, which is owned by the military-controlled Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd.2009164834010 ANG MO KIO AVENUE 10, #04-08, TECHPLACE 1, SINGAPORE 569626http://www.infinity-gs.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/company/infinitygs/
ISEACO INVESTMENT PTE. LTD.(n.k.a)
FARGLORY INVESTMENT PTE. LTD.(f.k.a)
FAR GLORY INVESTMENT PTE. LTD.(f.k.a)
Iseaco Investment is a Singaporean company which owns Iseaco Ship Management Pte. It owns the ship Iseaco Genesis. Iseaco Genesis has used the military owned Hteedan Port in Yangon. Iseaco also manages the GSS Yangon, which uses the same port.2002066851 COLEMAN STREET, #05-09, THE ADELPHI, SINGAPORE 179803https://www.linkedin.com/company/iseaco/
NORSE SHIPHOLDING PTE. LTD.(n.k.a)
NORSING SHIPPING PTE. LTD.(f.k.a)
Norse Group is a Singaporean shipping company which has a British subsidiary, Norse Management. Norse Management manages the Norse Group fleet, which in turn is owned by the Norse Group’s Singaporean subsidiary, Norse Shipholding Pte. Ltd. Norse Shipholding Pte. Ltd has a subsidiary, Rum Shipholding Pte Ltd, which owns the Cherry Vesta cargo ship. The Cherry Vesta cargo ship uses the military owned Ahlone International Port Terminal in Yangon.2016057371 MARITIME SQUARE, #10-33, HARBOURFRONT CENTRE, SINGAPORE 099253http://www.norseship.com/
PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL LINES (PRIVATE) LIMITED
Pacifica International Lines is a Singaporean shipping and transport company. It used the Hteedan Port in Yangon, which is co-owned by the military-owned Myanmar Economic Corporation.196700080140 CECIL STREET, #03-00, PIL BUILDING, SINGAPORE 069540https://www.pilship.com/en-pil-pacific-international-lines/
TRANSWORLD GROUP SINGAPORE PTE. LIMITEDTransworld Group Singapore is a Singaporean shipping company. It uses the military-owned Alhone International Port Terminal 1 in Yangon. Its ship, the BLPL Blessing, owned by its BLPL Singapore subsidiary, was in this port on 7th August 2019.201108989120 LOWER DELTA ROAD, #06-07, CENDEX CENTRE, SINGAPORE 169208http://tgsin.com/

Source: https://burmacampaign.org.uk/media/Dirty-List.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0ojMkJtKDHkDAEOAlvdhlHPZRDJ1iCxhtcfUL_FdwTbSwCjHmZ0Mc1rHw