Yangon Govt to Offer Low-Cost Housing to ‘Real’ Squatters

The Yangon Region government is in the process of arranging low-cost housing for “real squatters” in the commercial capital, Yangon’s security and border affairs minister told the regional legislature yesterday. He was responding to a question from lawmaker U Kyaw Zeya (NLD; Dagon 2), who asked why MPs had yet to be provided with follow-up […]

Yangon MPs Call for Crackdown on Shady Foreign Business Operators

The Yangon Region parliament is considering increasing scrutiny on foreign businesspeople who operate illegally. Parliament debated a proposal from MP U Win Maung (NLD; Hlaing Tharyar 1) on October 10 that would have the government take action against foreign operators of illegal businesses. Regional Planning and Finance Minister U Myint Thaung told parliament that such businesspeople will […]

Illegal foreign-run businesses in Yangon MPs’ crosshairs

Amid much talk of luring outside investment to Myanmar, Yangon Region lawmakers have indicated that they want to see greater scrutiny of foreign operators of illegal businesses in the commercial capital. Regional MPs yesterday approved a proposal to debate cracking down on these foreign entrepreneurs next week. Parliamentarian U Win Maung (NLD; Hlaing Tharyar 1) submitted the […]

Sakura garment factory strike ends with negotiations

The strike at Sakura garment factory is finally over, two months after it began. The truce required the intervention of lawmakers to negotiate a reduction of daily production targets. “Now, we have all returned to work at the factory,” said Ma Thuzar Win, a sewing operator. “Factory officials agreed to pay us our wages again […]

Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone to be upgraded in pilot project

Yangon Region government is to call on private industry to fund an upgrade of Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone to serve as a pilot project for the nation. Hlaing Tharyar, the country’s biggest industrial zone, suffers a litany of problems, including inadequate electricity, poor roads and ageing infrastructure. U Khin Maung Oo, general secretary of Hlaing Tharyar […]

Yangon’s peripheral townships lack funding, says chief minister

The Yangon Region chief minister said this week that he hopes to support development in 12 townships that sit outside the Yangon City Development Committee’s jurisdiction, and create jobs for people at the edges of the city. U Phyo Min Thein told a meeting of young entrepreneurs on August 1 that more funding is needed for the […]

‘Trespassers’ pushed out of homes by affordable housing project

They have been dubbed the trespassers. The 200 or so families who moved to Ingalaing when it was only an underdeveloped, unutilised field on the fringes of Yangon have now found themselves in the middle of a turf war. As the city expands, developers are eating up the no-longer-so-far-flung plots in Hlaing Tharyar, and attempting […]

Foreign companies to be invited to build Yangon low-cost housing

Foreign companies will soon be invited through a public tender to build low-cost housing projects in Yangon Region, according to the Ministry of Construction. This will mark the first time foreign contractors are given access to the affordable housing sector in Myanmar. Ministry officials have said they will prioritise building housing for the poor, after […]

Garment factory to be auctioned after owner disappears

A Taiwanese-owned garment factory of dubious legal standing has gone dark after the owner ran away in the midst of financial trouble, according to Yangon labour officials. Patrick Yan, owner of the UniPolar factory in Hlaing Tharyar township, was reported to local authorities by his employees who said he had failed to pay overdue wages […]

Yangon shanty towns defy chief minister’s order

And still they come: Yangon Region authorities are fighting a running battle against the constant proliferation of illegal shanties, which have continued to spring up overnight despite a city ordinance that any new unofficial residents will be arrested. Most of the new shanties can be found in Hlaing Tharyar township, whose industrial zones are a magnet for unemployed workers […]