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Anti-Drug Squad, BSI cooperating on Malaysia seizure of drugs worth $18 m

Anti-Drug Squad is cooperating with Bureau of Special Investigation (BSI) in investigation into the case in which narcotic drugs worth US$18 million were seized from a container that went from Yangon to Malaysia, said a BSI official. Both are hot on the trail of how the drugs were secretly loaded into the container and the […]

Myanmar improving but still ‘super challenging’ for business: Study

[YANGON] Family-run firms, a lack of transparency and murky money networks in the former junta-led country continue to make doing business in Myanmar “super challenging”, a new study mapping the country’s top companies said on Monday (March 26). Myanmar’s economy remains dominated by military firms and an elite of crony capitalists – a legacy of […]

Businesses Are Still Investing Billions in Refugee Crisis-Hit Myanmar

As the U.S. and Europe grow increasingly outraged over the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar, Asian businesses are continuing to invest. Bangkok-based construction company TTCL Pcl is one of the latest examples, targeting the first half of next year to complete a funding plan and shareholder structure for a planned $3 billion coal-fired power plant in Kayin state bordering Thailand. […]

Confident iflix aims high in Myanmar

Greenlee said in an exclusive interview that Myanmar’s leap in the telecommunications sector would fuel the firm’s growth in the nation. “It is the first time that subscription video on demand [SvoD] service is available in Myanmar. So, we have set a benchmark again. We expect to be highly successful,” she said. “Myanmar is the […]

Myanmar’s Wa State rules synthetic drug market

Move over ‘Golden Triangle’! the Wa State in Myanmar is now the undisputed ‘king’ in producing synthetic drugs. For decades, the ‘Golden Triangle’ has been notorious worldwide as the foremost drug-producing region. That mantle has now been taken over by the unrecognised autonomous Wa State which is now dubbed, the ‘darling of international drug syndicates’. […]

Impact of Agricultural Investment in Myanmar

After years of international isolation, Myanmar is liberalizing its economy and seeking to attract growing levels of foreign investment. Agriculture currently plays a crucial role in the country’s economy and more than 60 percent of the population depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. The Government of Myanmar (GoM) has acknowledged the need to support smallholders […]

Myanmar warns migrant workers in Malaysia

Myanmar said on Monday it had sent out safety instructions to its workers in Malaysia after attackers hacked five of them to death with swords, weeks after it barred workers from going there, partly because of security fears. Tension between the Southeast Asian neighbours has risen in recent months over the fate of Myanmar’s stateless […]

KBZ wins permission from Central Bank of Malaysia to open office in KL

KANBAWZA (KBZ) Bank announced yesterday that it got the nod from the Central Bank of Malaysia on Tuesday to open a representative office in Kuala Lumpur. “We will open the representative office in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia in the near future. We will announce the place for the representative office and the date for the […]

Employment agencies demand relief from Malaysia visa fee hike

The Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation is attempting to clamp down on the sole visa-provider for workers headed to Malaysia. Last month, the federation requested the government wrest back control of the visa process for workers and put an end to alleged price gouging at the one-stop service centre (OSC). The centre, operated by service […]

Sule Square Project Breaches Building Regulations, Says Inspection Committee

RANGOON—The High-Rise Inspection Committee (HIC) of Rangoon’s municipal body said that the Sule Square commercial complex includes two extra floors for which the developers do not have permission to add. Construction of the 23-floor structure is nearly complete. Aung San Win, secretary of the HIC within the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), told The Irrawaddy […]