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Myanmar energy analysts alarmed at floating power plant plans for Yangon

Industry experts have criticized the Ministry of Electricity and Energy’s plan to produce electricity with gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) via a floating power plant to meet the rising demand in Yangon by mid-2020. The ministry invited international bids in June for the 1,040-megawatt (MW) project. U Aye Kyaw Kyaw, secretary of Yangon Region’s […]

Unhappily ever after: Myanmar’s power meter racket

The company at the centre of corruption allegations against the Ministry of Electricity and Energy has a controversial past and, potentially, a bright future. Electricity meters: it’s a good business – if you can get it. For decades this market, worth tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars, was closed to competition. Under the […]

Ex-industry minister ‘violated office procedures’: govt spokesman

Former Union Industry Minister U Khin Maung Cho was allowed to resign because he violated office procedures, President’s Office spokesperson U Zaw Htay said. “Regarding the resignation of Industry Minister U Khin Maung Cho, the investigation found that [he] violated office procedures. According to this finding, U Khin Maung Cho had to resign to take […]

Union ministers come under fire for corruption

President U Win Myint has reportedly decided to replace Union Industry Minister U Khin Maung Cho for his involvement in a corruption scandal, Myanmar Times understands. This makes him the second minister to step down on counts of corruption. In May last year, U Kyaw Win relinquished his position as finance minister in the midst […]

Calls to legalise wildcat oil-well operators

There is a need to legalise the activities of the wildcat prospectors whose hand-dug oil wells dot the land in Magwe Region, in central Myanmar. These illegal activities are a source of corrupt practices and loss of revenue to the regional government. These wells, a source of income and jobs for many in the surrounding […]

Myanmar highlights strategy of combating money laundering

NAY PYI TAW, June 28 (Xinhua) — A senior Myanmar Home Ministry official on Friday stressed the need to strictly supervise the implementation of the national strategy of combating money laundering and terrorism financing. Economic undertakings can be carried out safely under the strategy if collaborating with relevant sectors to bring about the promotion of […]

20 Fugitives, Including Judges, Administrators, Wanted on Suspicion of Corruption

Six judges, two district administrators, the head of a police station and a public prosecutor and a lawyer are all on a list of fugitives suspected of corruption, along with other government officials. The list, released Sunday by the Myanmar Police Force, numbers 20 individuals and includes their photographs and personal information. In February 2018 […]

Schools told not to enrol students from other townships

Schools in Yangon have been instructed not to accept the enrollment of students from other townships during the coming school year, according to U Ko Lay Win, director general of the Department of Basic Education. He said the same instruction was issued during last year’s enrollment but was not followed, so the department would be […]

Cooperation, Lack of Accountability Biggest Challenges for Anti-Graft Body, Says Chairman

YANGON— Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman U Aung Kyi told the Union Parliament on Monday that an unwillingness to cooperate, as well as a lack of accountability and transparency, are the commission’s biggest challenges. “To effectively prevent internal corruption, it depends on the efforts of 200 heads of governmental departments and enterprises across the country,” he said, […]

Anti-Corruption Commission opens office in Mandalay

The Anti-Corruption Commission of Myanmar opened an office in Mandalay on Sunday, and two people were already waiting in line to file complaints. The Mandalay branch is the second opened by the commission, following the opening of its Yangon office on March 16. The office was opened on land owned by the Ministry of Industry […]