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Yangon to Put Up More CCTV Cameras in High-Crime Neighborhoods

YANGON—The Yangon regional government has unveiled plans to install more surveillance cameras in crime-ridden neighborhoods of the country’s largest city. “The police force is overstretched in Yangon, and therefore needs technical support to control crime. We are currently installing CCTV cameras,” said Colonel Aung Soe Moe, the Yangon regional security and border affairs minister, at […]

Unregulated and untaxed: Casino on Thai border Thrives

When we arrive at the Border Guard Force checkpoint, security guards look us up and down, then ask if we are coming to the casino. It’s 8pm. We nod and are allowed in. The 24-hour 999 casino is located on the bank of Kayin State’s Thaung Yin river that separates Myanmar and Thailand, dividing Myawaddy […]

Mandalay invites bids for CCTVs at 32 traffic lights

The Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) is inviting open tenders for installation of 11 SCATS system real-time traffic light sensors and CCTV cameras at all traffic lights installed with SCATS systems in the city to boost motorist safety and reduce car accidents. Twenty-one SCATS system traffic light sensors were installed in traffic lights during fiscal […]

Over 120 CCTVs to be installed across Mandalay next year

TO PREVENT crime and help investigation of criminal cases in the region, Mandalay Region authorities plan to instal over 120 new closed-circuit television cameras next year, a police spokesperson said. Plans are underway to install the CCTV cameras, considered a very useful investigative tool, at 56 strategic locations in Mandalay, one of largest cities in […]

Over One Third of Yangon Traffic Lights to be Upgraded

Tenders will be invited to upgrade Yangon’s old traffic lights as part of the process to solve the business capital’s worsening traffic congestion and to better enforce traffic rules, according to an official from the auto regulatory body Ma Hta Tha. Some traffic lights in use in Yangon operate on the urban electrical grid, and […]

Importers complain of car parts gone missing at Yangon ports

Importers are calling on customs officials to strictly supervise vehicles as they are brought into the country, ending the spare parts slippage. “I imported a car and the spare electronic keys disappeared,” said Mandalay car dealer Ko Ayay Kyo. The keys are expensive, costing K50,000 to replace. He said his experience is not unique, adding […]

Govt Calls for Foreign Investment in ‘Death Highway’ Upgrade

YANGON — The Ministry of Construction has unveiled plans to seek domestic and foreign investment for an upgrade of the Yangon-Mandalay highway, a stretch of road known locally as the ‘Death Highway’ for its high incidence of traffic accidents and fatalities. On Sunday, the ministry called for expressions of interest to be submitted by Jan. […]

Traffic Police Superintendent Lt-Col Lin Htut: ‘Road users should obey the traffic rules’

Since Myanmar opened in 2011, a relaxation of vehicle import rules has resulted in an extra 300,000 vehicles on the country’s roads. The influx of cars and trucks, mainly second-hand vehicles from Japan, has created congestion on Yangon’s streets and challenges for traffic management. Mizzima Business Weekly’s Hans Hulst spoke to Police Lieutenant-Colonel Lin Htut, […]