U - Z

HM : Unlucky / Lucky


  • A few are lucky most of the time
  • A few are unlucky most of the time
  • Some are lucky, but become unlucky
  • Some are unlucky, but become lucky unexpectedly.


  • A cousin brother was riding a bus back to Rangoon.
    He sat in the seat nearest the driver.
    One person demanded him to give up the seat.
    My cousin felt unlucky.
  • Sometime later, there was an accident.
    The truck in front was carrying logs (or similar).
    One log crashed the glass of the bus, and hit the “arrogant” passenger, who died.
    My cousin felt lucky.

U Than Lwin

  • U Than Lwin lost his beloved spouse due to a “hit-and-run” driver.
    She went out to buy some food.
    U Than Lwin felt unlucky.
  • Sometime later, he learned Japanese at Institute of Foreign Languages.
    Completed his Diploma.
    Helped several “Ah Yoe Kauk Ah Phwe” from Japan as an interpreter. One day, the leader asked how he and his team can acknowledge his service as a kind and diligent translator.
    U Than Lwin asked, “Can you help some of my children study in Japan?”
    The answer was affirmative.
    Two children studied in Japan and became successful entrepreneurs in Myanmar.
    U Than Lwin felt lucky.

Changing Rules

Changing Rules in Education and Employment contributed to Burma’s “Brain Drain“.

3 NRC Rule

In the early days, there were no requirements for 3 NRC (National Registration Certificate for the individual and both parents).

The 3 NRC rule was later applied to

  • Admission to Professional Institutes
  • Collegiate Scholarships
  • State Scholar
  • Job Promotion

Some felt unlucky due to the rule.
Some consider to be forced to study and work abroad.

Bernard Khaw

  • Younger brother of U Cho (Shi Nai Chow), Chemistry Lecturer and later Director of Pasteur Institute.
  • Stood First in the Matriculation examination in 1965.
  • Scored 80+ marks in English.
  • Could not apply for professional institutes.
  • Left Burma to study abroad.

Chu Pu Thein

  • Chu Pu Thein (SPHS) scored the highest marks in Physics in the first High School Final Only examination in 1962.
  • Ended up studying in Italy.


  • Requirements often change with time.
  • Some students were unlucky first and then became lucky.
    Had to wait for a year (mostly studying at RASU) before their nationality status was reviewed and accepted to the Institute of Medicine.
    Included one whose brother was earlier admitted to Defense Services Academy (DSA).
  • Some students were forced to change studies after studying for some time in the Institute of Medicine.
  • Some students could not attend Professional Institutes because their names sounded foreign.

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