Myanmar’s Preservation Man Pursues Dream Museum

YANGON — Khin Shwe does not like to be called a “crony” — the label used to describe the wealthy Myanmar businessmen who enjoyed close relations with the previous military regime of Senior Gen. Than Shwe (1992-2011). “Now, all the Myanmar people think cronies are no good, and even the government doesn’t want to work […]

One Year on, First Poll Test Looms for Myanmar Government

YANGON — On April 1, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy faces its first electoral test since taking power in Myanmar on the back of a landslide election win in 2015. The governing party will compete for a total of 2 million votes in all bar one of 19 by-election contests — seven […]

K30b Request to Boost Yangon Power Approved

​​ A request of K30 billion from the special reserved fund, granted by Budget Law of the Union 2016, to be spent for supplying the electricity power shortage in Yangon Region during the summer season was approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on March 17 amidst complaints by some MPs about poor electricity conditions in their […]

Government Plans Monthly Meetings to Respond to Business Leaders

​​ RANGOON — Government leaders are planning to meet monthly with the local business community to listen to current problems and find solutions, Vice President U Myint Swe and National Planning and Finance Minister U Kyaw Win pledged last week. The first monthly meeting received a positive response. The vice president and finance minister met […]

USDP MP Urges Increase in Private Security Sector Training

In its first proposal to the Yangon Region Hluttaw, the Union Solidarity and Development Party called on the government to bolster the private security sector with better oversight and regulations. The proposal, submitted by MP U Tin Win (USDP; Cocokyun), the former regional minister for security and border affairs, asked the government to enact a […]

Gangaw residents demand suspension bridge

About 200 residents of the town of Gangaw held a rally yesterday to demand the construction of a suspension bridge over the Myittha River to link their town to Zahaw Village. The rally was led by former MP Hla Swe, a member of the opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party. The suspension bridge project is […]

Old mindsets could impede Myanmar’s progress

Like most residents of Yangon, Hlaing Tint, a 37-year-old assistant lecturer, rides the bus daily. In this old capital of Myanmar, on the cusp of a new era, buses are usually crowded during rush hours, more so around the bus door. Yangonites love to stay close to the door for an easy exit, even though […]

Singapore carriers exploring possibility of multi-city flights within Myanmar

YANGON – Singapore is looking to introduce multi-city flights within Myanmar by its carriers Singapore Air or Silkair, as part of a series of ways the two countries can cooperate more closely. PM Lee Hsien Loong gave these updates on Wednesday (June 8) at a reception with Singaporeans in Yangon at Sedona Hotel, built by […]

NLD set to review ‘new city’ project

Within days of coming into office, Yangon Region’s new National League for Democracy-led government has started to flex its muscles over the proposed Southwest New City project. The regional administration has asked developers involved in the project to submitted detailed plans, while the NLD-dominated parliament has warned that it will be reviewed before it is […]

Canada announces $44M for democratic reform in Burma

Canada will provide $44 million to support democratic reform initiatives in Burma as the country transitions into its first civilian government in more than 50 years. Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion announced the funding via teleconference from Burma on Thursday morning, saying the money will go towards strengthening accountability through data analysis and better government management […]