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Ex-Regional Chief Minister Jailed for 30 Years in Landmark Myanmar Corruption Case

YANGON—Former Tanintharyi Region chief minister Daw Lei Lei Maw was sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison for bribery on Friday, becoming the most senior official ever to be jailed under the country’s Anti-Corruption Law. The Tanintharyi Region Court handed down sentences in four cases against her and three others on Friday after […]

Myanmar govt faces setbacks in enforcing compliance with EITI database

The government says it lacks the mechanisms to force companies to disclose ownership information through a public registry, which are part of recent measures to clean up corruption in the extractive industry. Myanmar’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) unit, a government body under the finance ministry, held a press conference on February 28 to address […]

Myanmar University Rector Forced to Retire Over Dodgy Contract

Mandalay – The Ministry of Education says it will force the rector of Mandalay University to retire amid allegations over a food court construction on the campus. The rector failed to follow the President’s Office’s orders to be transparent in the tender process, the ministry said. Mandalay University Students Union protests led to a probe […]

Lawmakers Blast Yangon Govt for Misusing Public Funds

YANGON — The Yangon regional government has misused and breached financial regulations in spending public funds, in possible violation of the Anti-Corruption Law, according to the parliamentary Finance, Planning and Economy Committee. On the second day of parliamentary debates on the regional auditor-general’s report on government expenditure during the 2017-18 fiscal year, the committee pointed […]

Mandalay region goldfields tainted by whiff of corruption

Illegal mining is flourishing at the troubled Moehti Moemi goldfields in Mandalay Region and some say weak law enforcement and corruption are to blame. IT IS MORE than 18 months since the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation ordered mining companies at the Moehti Moemi goldfields to suspend operations over outstanding bullion payments to […]

Two Myanmar electricity ministry officials arrested for corruption

Two directors of the Hydropower Implementation Department under the Ministry of Electricity and Energy were arrested in Naypyitaw for abuse of power and accepting bribes from tender bidders relating to the design and construction of hydropower projects on the Myitnge River in Mandalay Region. Myanmar’s Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) announced on Thursday it had opened […]

Myanmar State Pharmaceutical Factory Official Arrested on Corruption Charges

YANGON— Myanmar’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) opened a case on Friday against the general manager of Burma Pharmaceutical Industry (BPI), a state-owned pharmaceutical factory in Insein, Yangon region, charging him with bribery over alleged improper purchasing of raw materials for the factory. According to an official from the ACC office in Yangon, the commission found that […]

Myanmar to Join International Anti-Corruption Academy

YANGON—Myanmar’s Union Parliament has approved a proposal for the country to sign on as a member in the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), in a bid to expand the capacity of the country’s own anti-graft body. The proposal to join the global institution was put forward by President U Win Myint last month. During parliamentary sessions […]

Myanmar tycoon Serge Pun joins panel in North Korea

Influential Myanmar tycoon Serge Pun, owner of one of Myanmar’s largest conglomerates, is currently in North Korea as part of an exchange program organized by the Singapore-based CHOSON Exchange, an organization that brings professionals from around the world to connect with North Korean university students, institutions and officials. Serge Pun’s Yoma Strategic Group, listed on […]

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 […]