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Myanmar ‘Has No Fourth Estate’, Mandalay Chief Minister Says of Media’s Role

MANDALAY—In an apparent snub to Myanmar’s media, the chief minister of Mandalay Region said on Friday that he only knew of three pillars of democracy—the legislature, the administrative branch and the judiciary—prompting criticism from the country’s media organizations. The news media are often collectively referred to as the “Fourth Estate” for their critical role in […]

Cambodia Businesses, Unions Ask EU Not to Impose Trade Sanctions

PHNOM PENH—Cambodian businesses and unions urged the European Union on Monday to not withdraw trade preferences from Cambodia over human rights concerns, saying such a decision would pose serious economic damage and harm millions of workers and their families. The EU warned last year that it would strip Cambodia of its “Everything but Arms” (EBA) […]

In Myanmar, Facebook brings light as well as darkness

It has been more than eight months since Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by the US Congress over the Cambridge Analytica breach. “I promise I will do better” would be a simple short sentence to sum up Zuckerberg’s stressful two-day congressional testimony. He admitted to US senators that partly because of his mistake it […]

Why Myanmar matters so much for India

President Ram Nath Kovind will be on a four-day state visit to Myanmar starting on December 10. This will be the fifth high-level visit between the two countries in the last four years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit last year was the third by an Indian prime minister in five years and his second in […]

New dawn for remote Andaman Sea island tourism

Few have heard of the Mergui Archipelago, and even fewer have managed to visit the 400km string of scattered islands in the Bay of Bengal’s Andaman Sea. Most of the 800 offshore islands are uninhabited, apart from a few seasonal settlements of the seafaring nomadic Moken, and some Burmese fishing villages The jungle-clad limestone and […]

Estranged brother of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi bids to sell lakeside home

The estranged brother of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday he is making a new bid to sell the lakeside house where the democracy activist turned politician spent 15 years under house arrest. Aung San Oo, who spends most of his time in the United States, submitted an appeal at the supreme […]

Myanmar property group sees its future in consumer sector

In the heart of Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar, the former headquarters of Myanmar Railways is surrounded by white steel frames. The historic redbrick building, more than a century old, is being restored and will be the future site of the Peninsula Yangon, a luxury hotel set to open in 2021. The grand structure […]

State Counsellor delivers an address on Democratic Transition in Myanmar: Challenges and the Way Forward

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered the 43rd Singapore Lecture titled “Democratic Transition in Myanmar: Challenges and the Way Forward” at Grand Hyatt in Singapore on 21 August. The following is the full text of her lecture. Your Excellency Mr. Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security of […]

Private school is not so cool

When Poe Poe passed her matriculation exam (the Burmese equivalent of an A-level) she did not score the grades she hoped for. And this was a disaster for her. Why? It meant her dream of becoming a doctor was out of reach. In Myanmar, results obtained at this milestone exam dictates to which university a […]

Plenty of political will but no cash for New Yangon project

Large areas west of the Yangon River here look dark and depressed, at least from an airplane taking off or landing from the capital’s airport after sunset. In stark contrast to the city center, on the east side of the river, where high-rise commercial buildings and shiny condominiums are popping up, the opposite bank gives […]