Campaigning parties ignore Myanmar’s economic plight

Tens of thousands of people are going hungry under lockdown in Yangon and yet one week before the general elections neither the ruling party nor opposition are addressing their needs to try and win their votes. Instead Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s government hands out special car import permits to senior bureaucrats and military personnel […]

Lawsuit against Myanmar Carlsberg to proceed in court

A lawsuit filed against six senior employees of Myanmar Carlsberg Company, including its managing director, for cheating under section 420 of the Penal Code will proceed despite attempts to settle out of court, U Ye Tun, managing director of Myat Hmwei Trading Company, which filed the suit, told The Myanmar Times after an October 22 […]

What advice do Myanmar’s female MPs have for women candidates in 2020?

As Myanmar’s historic reform process continues to evolve, more women are needed in leadership roles of all kinds, including in parliaments. Despite their low numbers, the positive contributions of women MPs in both national and subnational parliaments have already earned the recognition of their constituents. With general elections approaching in 2020, it is time to […]

How the Myanmar entertainment industry found its feet

John Lwin, founder and chief executive of Stars & Models International Agency, Myanmar’s first privately-owned modelling agency, believes the future of the country’s entertainment industry will be driven by talent in the theatre. With demand for more sophisticated levels of local film and entertainment on the rise, Lwin has already discovered and deployed more than […]

Grassroots group fights Yangon motorbike ban

Arbitrary treatment from traffic police has inspired a campaign by a community group to have the motorbike ban in Yangon lifted, a move that has the support of some MPs. CCTV installer Ko Win Kyaw Maung feared his newly-bought motorbike would be impounded when a traffic policeman stopped him in Yangon’s North Dagon Township earlier […]

Mandalay city to seize low-cost apartments flipped by owners

The Mandalay City Development Authority will seize apartments that have been resold and re-rented in low-cost housing buildings for squatters, a senior city official has said. U Kyaw San Myint, a member of the authority, said his office is compiling a list of people occupying the buildings on Strand Road west of Mandalay city. City […]

Concern Over US Enforcement of Myanmar Investment Rules

A campaign group has said it is concerned that the US government is not adequately checking American companies’ investments in Myanmar under the terms of Washington’s own legal rules. When the United States suspended some sanctions against Myanmar in 2012, it imposed conditions on US-owned companies investing in the country to ensure transparency. These include […]