Biased news against Buddhists on Rohingya

by Sumita, Indonesia, The Buddhist Channel, Nov 24, 2016

I am a Buddhist from Indonesia and has been 7 year read Buddhist news in But now, I am very concerned about news article with title: “Rohingya are being destroyed, ‘full security and protection’ most urgent” (18 November 2016). And would be very disappointing to me if as Buddhist media published that news without investigating first.

According to my point of view, I’m sorry if I’m wrong, the news especially about ethnic conflict in Myanmar (Burma) between Bengalis (Rohingyas) and Rakhines that published by was biased and unfair. only published one side story not both side, especially only from Bengali (Rohingya) story not from Rakhine. Seems like more believe in Rohingya side rather than Rakhine or Myanmar Government side.

As we can see from news article with title: “Rohingya are being destroyed, ‘full security and protection’ most urgent”, without questioning the truth of “the facts”,  published that news. Even UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said need further investigation about that issue.

If we read other side story, we can found that the recent conflict started on October 9 when terrorists Aqa Mul Mujahidin attacked three police groups, including border guard forces, simultaneously in Maungdaw, Rakhine. Hundreds of Rakhine people (not Rohingya) are flee. And they need foods right now.( Sadly only a few international medias concern about this, not even

Recently, the Rakhine State Government stated, investigations prove that a fire that broke out in Bengalis’ Ngakhura Village on October 30 evening was set by Bengalis (Rohingya) themselves with intent to receive international aid and make international headlines. (

If we consider the other side stories, we will not be in a rush to judge others. If we only hear one side stories we can easily fall into a bad propaganda. And if we spread the bad propaganda and other people do bad things because of that, we become a bad person.

As the Buddha said in Kalama Sutta : do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing, tradition, rumor, news, etc. without further investigation.

I hope become one of Buddhist media that can be trusted with unbiased and fair news, not only get a news from secular medias but do further investigation and publish both sides stories, because secular medias can be wrong too. ( . And I think, as Buddhist media, has a moral responsibility for spread the news.

Thank you for your attention and I’m sorry if I have spoken rudely.
We Need Your Help to Train the
Buddhist AI Chat Bot
(Neural Omniscient Robotic-Being for Buddhist Understanding)

For Malaysians who wants to donate in MYR, please use the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB
Note: Please indicate your name in the payment slip. Thank you.

Dear Friends in the Dharma,

We seek your generous support to help us train NORBU, the word's first Buddhist AI Chat Bot.

Here are some ways you can contribute to this noble cause:

One-time Donation or Loan: A single contribution, regardless of its size, will go a long way in helping us reach our goal and make the Buddhist LLM a beacon of wisdom for all.

How will your donation / loan be used? Download the NORBU White Paper for details.

For Malaysians who wants to donate in MYR, please use the following account:

Account Name: Bodhi Vision
Account No:. 2122 00000 44661
Bank: RHB
Note: Please indicate your purpose of payment (loan or donation) in the payment slip. Thank you.

Once payment is banked in, please send the payment slip via email to: Your donation/loan will be published and publicly acknowledged on the Buddhist Channel.

Spread the Word: Share this initiative with your friends, family and fellow Dharma enthusiasts. Join "Friends of Norbu" at: Together, we can build a stronger community and create a positive impact on a global scale.

Volunteer: If you possess expertise in AI, natural language processing, Dharma knowledge in terms of Buddhist sutras in various languages or related fields, and wish to lend your skills, please contact us. Your knowledge and passion could be invaluable to our project's success.

Your support is part of a collective effort to preserve and disseminate the profound teachings of Buddhism. By contributing to the NORBU, you become a "virtual Bodhisattva" to make Buddhist wisdom more accessible to seekers worldwide.

Thank you for helping to make NORBU a wise and compassionate Buddhist Chatbot!

May you be blessed with inner peace and wisdom,

With deepest gratitude,

Kooi F. Lim
On behalf of The Buddhist Channel Team

Note: To date, we have received the following contributions for NORBU:
US$ 75 from Gary Gach (Loan)
US$ 50 from Chong Sim Keong
MYR 300 from Wilson Tee
MYR 500 from Lim Yan Pok
MYR 50 from Oon Yeoh
MYR 200 from Ooi Poh Tin
MYR 300 from Lai Swee Pin
MYR 100 from Ong Hooi Sian
MYR 1,000 from Fam Sin Nin
MYR 500 from Oh teik Bin
MYR 300 from Yeoh Ai Guat
MYR 300 from Yong Lily
MYR 50 from Bandar Utama Buddhist Society
MYR 1,000 from Chiam Swee Ann
MYR 1,000 from Lye Veei Chiew
MYR 1,000 from Por Yong Tong
MYR 80 from Lee Wai Yee
MYR 500 from Pek Chee Hen
MYR 300 from Hor Tuck Loon
MYR 1,000 from Wise Payments Malaysia Sdn Bhd
MYR 200 from Teo Yen Hua
MYR 500 from Ng Wee Keat
MYR 10,000 from Chang Quai Hung, Jackie (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from K. C. Lim & Agnes (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from Juin & Jooky Tan (Loan)
MYR 100 from Poh Boon Fong (on behalf of SXI Buddhist Students Society)
MYR 10,000 from Fam Shan-Shan (Loan)
MYR 10,000 from John Fam (Loan)
MYR 500 from Phang Cheng Kar
MYR 100 from Lee Suat Yee
MYR 500 from Teo Chwee Hoon (on behalf of Lai Siow Kee)
MYR 200 from Mak Yuen Chau

We express our deep gratitude for the support and generosity.

If you have any enquiries, please write to: