Myanmar tycoon says economy neglected by Suu Kyi’s government

Myanmar tycoon Serge Pun, one of the wealthiest men in Asia, said on Thursday the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi has neglected the nation’s much-needed economic reform. Pun, head of property-to-banking conglomerate First Myanmar Investment 00001.YG, urged authorities to give more attention to growth in one of the region’s poorest countries. He said […]

Yangon University is modelled on Oxford, but there are no dreaming spires

Walking around Yangon, though there are the affluent areas and fast food restaurants that exist in nearly all big cities, these areas are few and far between. Poverty pervades in this former capital city to a greater extent than in many of its Southeast Asian counterparts. The military regime, though removed in 2013, has had […]

Where in the world is Pyin Oo Lwin?

Philippines – I swear it could have been Baguio. Or I may have awakened from a dream and found myself in a place very familiar, with strawberry jam being sold by the roadside and coffee trees shaded by tall pines and trees which looked a little foreign yet familiar. You would think Baguio, correct? Well, […]

China’s plans for Myanmar town hold few local opportunities

KYAUKPYU, Myanmar (AP) — China’s plan for its foothold on the Bay of Bengal, on Myanmar’s western coast in restive Rakhine state, includes an industrial zone, oil refinery and deep-water port that could transform a sleepy, remote town of 30,000 into a thriving business hub. The plan for Kyaukpyu is central to Beijing’s ambitions in […]

Myanmar minister warns nationalists to end hate speech

YANGON: Myanmar’s minister for religion on Thursday (Jul 14) warned ultra-nationalist monks to avoid hate speech, in a rare government rebuke to Buddhist hardliners behind bilious anti-Muslim rhetoric. The warning came after a firebrand monk from the Ma Ba Tha movement on Wednesday decried Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi as a “dictator” intent […]

Meet Myanmar’s First Cardinal, Charles Bo

The archbishop of Yangon is an advocate for the poor and uneducated in a country of 800,000 Catholics. YANGON, Myanmar — Archbishop Charles Maung Bo had barely wrapped up celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Catholic Church’s presence in Myanmar when he got a call from Australia. “I was in Calcutta; my niece phoned me […]

Can India Catch Up With China in Myanmar?

China has a powerful economic presence, but India has some historical and institutional strengths. A recent visit to the city of Yangon underscored the increasing economic presence of China in Myanmar. The massive investment, pipelines, and rail strategy are well known, but a drive through the city is enough to make clear the extent to […]

Myanmar Removes 1,000 Doctors From Blacklist

Burma’s government has removed more than 1,000 Burmese doctors from a blacklist that stripped them of their medical licenses and prevented many who lived abroad from returning home. As Burma attempts to overhaul its long-neglected health care system and address a major shortage of doctors, the government on Thursday removed 1,010 doctors from its blacklist […]