New Myanmar government brings challenges for Tokyo

With Wednesday’s installation of a new government in Myanmar that will effectively be led by pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, the Southeast Asian nation has arrived at a crossroads in its relationship with Japan. After more than 50 years of military rule, Htin Kyaw, a key aide to Suu Kyi, took over the same […]

New MPs to inherit host of issues in Myanmar

Rookie MP Tin Ko Ko Oo spends his free time poring over training manuals, learning English and studying a much-thumbed Burmese-English copy of Myanmar’s Constitution. “It’s like going back to university, but not as easy,” he said in his modest office allotted to MPs in a leafy compound in Naypyitaw. “Now we have responsibilities; we […]

Suu Kyi bemoans youth ‘wasting time’ online

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, who was forced to spend years of solitude under house arrest, has hit out at young people “wasting time” on computer games and social networking. The veteran opposition politician, whose party will soon take power after winning landmark elections last November, made the comments in a letter to organisers of […]

Parliament to leave 14 bills for next government term

Myanmar’s Lower House of Parliament ruled yesterday that 14 bills, including the Bill for the Protection of the Constitution, would not be discussed during the term of the current parliament. The Lower House decided to send the bills, which were submitted by the Joint Bill Committee, back to the Union Parliament due to a shortage […]

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sends new MPs to parliament school

Aung San Suu Kyi is sending her newly-elected MPs on a crash course on Myanmar’s parliament as they prepare to take their seats for the first time early next year, her party said today. The veteran campaigner’s National League for Democracy party won a thunderous majority in landmark November polls that are set to tip […]

Suu Kyi lays down law on party discipline to new Myanmar MPs, cautions against ‘betraying’

Aung San Suu Kyi has warned newly minted MPs she will not tolerate poor discipline or wrongdoing, party members said today (Nov 28), as Myanmar’s democracy champion began marshalling her opposition for government amid sky-high expectations. Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party took nearly 80 per cent of contested seats in the November […]

Myanmar’s Post-Election Future With India

The November 8 election in Myanmar produced a stunning victory for the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who trounced the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party. However, a clause in the constitution will prevent Suu Kyi from becoming president, and the military is not likely to relinquish […]

President Thein Sein Will Not Seek Second Term: Shwe Mann

Burma President Thein Sein, who has steered a wave of reforms since the end of military rule, will not be seeking a second term at the next election in 2015, the leader of his party said on Thursday. Thein Sein has been lauded internationally for his economic policies, prisoner amnesties, and peace deals with ethnic […]

Overhauling Myanmar’s Education System

In addition to political reforms, Burma’s government is preparing to overhaul its public school system. Last year, the Ministry of Education began a two-year review to identify the main problem areas and come up with some possible solutions. The study is being led by a government body known as the Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR), […]

British Ambassasor: British Investors Interested but Cautious about Myanmar

RANGOON — British investment in Burma is on the rise, but problems on the ground in the Southeast Asian frontier market have some investors reluctant to commit, UK Ambassador to Burma Andrew Patrick said at a press conference on Thursday. Patrick, who took up his post in September, said that even though Burma’s transition to […]