Myanmar workers in Thailand victims of a broken system

MYAWADDY, Myanmar: With only meagre belongings stuffed into backpacks and duffel bags, tens of thousands of Myanmar migrants have streamed home across the Thai border over the past two weeks. But it is not a joyous homecoming for the truckloads of men and women, who fled Thailand in fear of a new law that hardens […]

Myanmar’s edible bird nest industry comes home to roost

The cries of amorous swiftlets echo around the dark room, an unlikely gold mine for traders in southern Myanmar who are cashing in on rising demand for the edible nests from China’s growing middle class. Dozens of buildings dedicated to the tiny birds have sprung up around Bokpyin in recent years, their grey concrete structures […]

Skin cure fad driving Myanmar elephant poaching surge: WWF

YANGON: Myanmar’s wild elephants are being poached in record numbers with at least 20 killed this year due to surging demand for their hide, WWF said Monday, warning the species is facing a “crisis”. Hunters are increasingly targeting mothers and calves, using poisoned arrows to inflict a slow and agonising death before stripping them of […]

Thailand soap angers family of Myanmar’s last king

The family of Myanmar’s last king hit out today at a Thai soap opera inspired by the palace intrigue of their ancestors, accusing Thailand of double standards in how it treats another country’s royals. Soe Win, the great grandson of Myanmar’s last monarch King Thibaw, told AFP his family were angered by “A Lady’s Flame”, […]

Authorities to confiscate unused Myanmar farmland

Authorities in Myanmar’s central Mandalay region plan to confiscate some 40,000 acres of unused farmland to use for the nation’s interests, an official said today. Land ownership is one of the most contentious issues in Myanmar, where the former junta was accused of rampant confiscation during its 50-year rule. The new civilian government led by […]

Yoma Launches Agribusiness Finance Program with LIFT

​​ Farmers will have better access to funding under a new Yoma Bank scheme, and can use it to buy much-needed agricultural machinery. The bank announced the launch of its Agribusiness Finance Program (AFP) in Yangon on December 15. The new program cuts the down payment on a hire purchase agreement from 30 percent to […]

Myanmar Bans Workers Going to Malaysia

​​ YANGON – Myanmar has banned workers from going to Muslim-majority Malaysia as relations sour between the neighbours over a bloody military crackdown on the Buddhist country’s Rohingya minority. The move came after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak lashed out at Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for allowing “genocide” on her watch […]

Myanmar scraps loathed ‘midnight inspections’ law

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar is scrapping part of a hated law that forced people to report overnight guests and was used by authorities to barge into houses late at night, often targeting activists. The country’s parliament, now filled with former political prisoners after landmark polls in November, voted to remove the controversial clause on Monday […]

Emerging Myanmar discovering it pays to insure

YANGON – It was only when Aye Aye Nge’s pharmacy burned down for the second time that she thought about taking out insurance, a novelty in impoverished Myanmar where most people either can’t afford to buy premiums or don’t trust those selling them. The two blazes — one in 2010 and then in January this […]

Myanmar tourism boom set to bring 7.5m visitors a year

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar is hoping to lure 7.5 million tourists a year by 2019, an official said on Tuesday (Aug 2), as the impoverished former junta-ruled nation emerges as one of Southeast Asia’s hot destinations. Travel to the once-cloistered country used to be reserved for the well-heeled and intrepid, prepared to endure the travails […]