The above pictures are from PBA’s website and youtube video – links below:
Posted on: 2007/12/1 23:25 (in 2007)
AZUSA TEMPLE – BOARD SECRETARY
Mandalay Gazette newspaper, November issue, page 2, carried an article on the Azusa Temple “Pa Htan” recital. Near the end, it mentioned that a certain “Gaw pa ka” BOARD SECRETARY expressed thanks to attendees.
Also, in various ceremonies before, this person had been introduced as a BOARD SECRETARY and he had acted as such.
To the ordinary person, it doesn’t really matter who is what. But, if you examine this carefully, do you know that this is an ILLEGAL act? That is why I will like to point out to the Azusa people, to please, please STOP, STOP doing this illegal act before more damage is done.
WHY ILLEGAL? PBA’s bylaws have only one secretary and he is the rightful secretary Mr. Harry Chin, a director and an EC secretary. His duties and responsibilities are all well defined in the bylaws. There cannot be a duplication of secretaries. The bylaws have NO such position as a BOARD SECRETARY. WHY MISLEAD THE COMMUNITY??
Like other Presidents before him, President Ko Tin Myint is CAPABLE of acting as a LIAISON director between the Executive Committee which he leads, and the main Board. As such, there is no REAL NEED for a Board Secretary. This had always been the situation for over 2 decades already.
Besides the above reasons, as aforesaid, the EC Secretary is the ONLY SECRETARY specified in the bylaws.
Why go against the Bylaws and a tradition for over 20 years? To me, it seems to be not only a duplication of duties. It also is an UNFAIR HIJACKING OF POWERS AND LIMELIGHT and is really uncalled for.
President Ko Tin Myint and Secretary Mr. Harry Chin are RELEGATED to do the odd jobs (the “hard” works) carrying LEGAL LIABILITY more or less for the responsibilities and having had to OBEY this BOARD SECRETARY. As mentioned, the EC President’s and EC Secretary’s RESPONSIBILITIES are all WELL DEFINED in the bylaws. Yet, they are not accorded their PROPER POSITIONS and RESPECT due to them nor given proper RECOGNITIONS when it comes to dealing with the community.
Sadly, these were all MONOPOLIZED by the Board Secretary. ALL THE POWER AND REPUTATION and, would you believe, with NO LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES at all!! Where in the bylaws, are the so called Board Secretary’s duties and responsibilities defined? NOWHERE! How clever! How unfair!! Anyway, this “extraneous” Board Secretary’s position is NOT ALLOWED by the Bylaws. It’s ILLEGAL & VOID.
In this regard, Azusa people should learn from World Missionary 80 year old Venerable Penang Sayadaw. When conducting Temple works, he advised Myanmar people not to base on just FRIENDSHIP as in the old country. For these, he advised people to fully OBEY LAWS. He said basing on FRIENDSHIP alone always causes TROUBLES.
He gave an example where the Singapore Criminal Investigation Department (C I D) (like the FBI here) came to investigate a Myanmar Temple. The bad director had to pay up. So also, good directors had to make up $ 10,000.00.
Click below for 11/16 & 11/17/07 C2M postings on Sayadaw’s interview series # 2 & # 3 appearing in Burma Today:
Changing the bylaws is not a simple matter. You have to register AMENDMENTS with the California Secretary of State, Internal Revenue Service, Franchise Tax Board, California State Board of Equalization, Los Angeles County Assessor, Malpractice insurance company, etc.
The tax agencies will review your tax exemption status again and possibly revoke your permits and tax you for back taxes once it’s declined. The tax agencies are now very careful & are overly strict because of the AL QAEDA and people forming SHAM charitable units and collecting contributions.
DO YOU HONESTLY THINK THAT THIS ILLEGAL ACTION WOULD BE FULLY PROTECTED BY A “PA HTAN” RECITAL? OF COURSE, IT WON’T. WHY?
REMEMBER LORD BUDDHA DISCOURAGED BAD THOUGHTS AND BAD ACTIONS AND OF COURSE, ILLEGAL ACTS. HE EVEN ASKED KINGS NOT TO GO AGAINST THE WISHES OF THE PEOPLE, AND IN A SENSE, TO OBSERVE THE LAWS OF THE COUNTRY.
LORD BUDDHA GAVE US FIVE PRECEPTS WHICH INCLUDED “NOT TO LIE.” PHOPYONCHO ASKS AZUSA PEOPLE NOT TO MISLEAD THE COMMUNITY AND NOT TO REPEAT ERRORS. SEE HIS 11/21/07 POSTING BELOW:
I AGREE WITH PHOPYONCHO.
In passing, Shwemeat, Dawgyansen, Dawphwasen, were asking about the $ 7,000 and the 2 first class roundtrip airfares probably diverted from Nibban Zay moneys. Not responding to public requests and not being upfront, forthright, and honest could be regarded as a form of untruthfulness, evasiveness, or dishonesty. It could also be regarded as a DELIBERATE OMISSION (Htein Chan) and consequently CONSTRUED as a lie. Click below:
Thissa was also asking Azusa people to publicize the Azusa Dhamma Hall SASANA dedication declarations. Again, many would regard Azusa people’s non response to Thissa’s simple request, to indicate a sense of evasiveness and a hidden agenda unwholesome to the community and donors.
I would suggest to Azusa people to respond with the complete truth without any more delay. After all, the Nibban Zay Food Fair was about 5 months ago and the SASANA dedication (approved by Head monk Venerable Tant Kyi Taung Sayadaw) was over 4 months already.
Please let me know if I am wrong.