Pills, terrorism concern water festival police

Police are cracking down on sex, drugs and terrorism in advance of this year’s Thingyan festivities. Revellers planning on a bacchus may have to dampen their expectations as police plan to seize what they call “sex arousal” pills and will also be raiding guesthouses and hotels during the celebration. The authorities warn that unknown side […]

Despite Limited Scope, Foreign Alcohol Flux Sends Shivers Through Industry

After a quiet campaign against reselling imported foreign alcohol, the government announced an easing of restrictions from the new fiscal year, which starts in April. However, there is still a great deal of uncertainty over the future of the foreign alcohol in Myanmar. Foreign liquor is still unavailable at supermarkets. The country’s leading chain CityMart […]

MIC to take action against foreign investment registering locally

A crackdown is coming to foreign investment circumventing rules by registering under the names of Myanmar citizens, according to Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) secretary U Aung Naing Oo. The commission first announced in early 2012 there would be a grace period for foreign investment to re-register properly and promised future action against offenders which did […]

Crackdown coming for Yangon’s many unlicensed contractors

Unlincensed contractors are facing a crackdown as the Yangon Region government is spurring municipal authorities into action. Builders in Thingangyun township were singled out as particularly unlikely to follow licensing rules, though Hlaing, Mayangone and Insein townships also have their fair share of unlicensed contractors, according to Yangon City Development Commission (YCDC) building engineering department […]

Govt Crackdown on Imported Alcohol Intensifies, to Concern of Retailers

YANGON — In the past week, the Ministry of Commerce has intensified its crackdown on what it deems illegally imported alcohol, sparking further unrest among retailers, including Myanmar’s biggest supermarket chain City Mart. Most retailers have now stopped sales of foreign booze out of fear for being raided, leading to a shortfall of liquor supplies […]