What Did the Philippines’ Duterte Achieve During His Myanmar Trip?

From March 19-21, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was on a two-day official visit to Myanmar. Apart from affirming the importance of the bilateral relationship, the trip was part of his swing through Southeast Asia during Manila’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) (See: “Duterte’s ASEAN Tour Continues With Singapore, Cambodia Visits”). On […]

Myanmar’s New Struggle: Keeping Foreign Investors Happy

A pariah state for decades, Myanmar’s recent emergence from economic isolation has attracted foreign companies and investors intrigued by the Southeast Asian nation’s untapped potential, abundant natural resources and low wage workforce. The first U.S. fast food restaurant, KFC, opened in 2015 and other assorted Western and Asian brands have popped up across the nation’s […]

Hate speech Myanmar monk banned from sermons by Buddhist council

Wirathu, a monk once dubbed the “face of Buddhist terror”, has led calls for restrictions on Myanmar’s Muslim population, penning hyperbolic speeches warning of an Islamic takeover of the overwhelmingly Buddhist country. Myanmar is gripped by deepening religious tensions that have repeatedly spilled into violence. The unrest has been partially attributed to anti-Muslim rhetoric spread […]

Myanmar’s FDI rush recedes

Myanmar’s economy looked like it was enjoying a brisk tailwind after progress in democratization led the U.S. to lift its sanctions last year, but the boost appears to be waning. The government that took office in March 2016, with pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi as its de facto leader, has so far proposed few […]

Tourist visa-on-arrival no longer issued by Myanmar immigration

Malaysian tourists heading to Myanmar must obtain a visa before travelling out of the country as the policy of visas-on-arrival has been discontinued. Speaking to FMT, a visa officer attached to the Myanmar embassy in Malaysia said Myanmar suspended the policy of visas-on-arrival for all tourists from all countries “a few months ago” and that […]

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 […]

Daw Suu – an opponent who prevailed

On Saturday night a slight woman of enormous international stature let a Harvard audience in on a perk of her position: When she is asked to give a speech, the leader of Myanmar said, her staff provides her with talking points. Even better, for her lecture as the Harvard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year, Harvard […]

Wary of China, India Moves to Woo a New Myanmar

Days after Aung San Suu Kyi made a high-profile trip to China as foreign minister of Myanmar, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Mynamar in the first high-level visit from India after the civilian government assumed office in Naypyitaw. Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw is on a four day visit to India as well this […]

Myanmar: 45 Million Mobile Phones And The $19 3G Smartphone – Forbes

The photo above shows a shiny new $19.44 smartphone for sale in Yangon.  When I saw this in small corner shop on Anawrahta Road near Pansodan a few weeks ago, the 23,000 kyat (at 1,183 kyat/US$1) price included one SIM card. As you can perhaps see, it’s 3G capable and has slots for two SIM […]

Hardline Myanmar monk blasts ‘dictator’ Aung San Suu Kyi

YANGON: A firebrand monk slammed Aung San Suu Kyi as a “dictator”on Wednesday (Jul 13), accusing Myanmar’s civilian-led government of trying to destroy an ultra-nationalist Buddhist group blamed for a surge in sectarian violence across the country. The attack came after the body representing Myanmar’s top monks distanced itself from the hardline Ma Ba Tha […]