Japan, Myanmar agree to reopen borders for long-term residents

The Japanese and Myanmar foreign ministers agreed Monday to reopen borders for expatriates and other long-term residents as soon as early September, relaxing travel restrictions that were imposed to stem the spread of the new coronavirus pandemic. Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi also confirmed at their meeting in Naypyidaw […]

YCDC – What do residents really think?

Yangon residents and businesses pay a lot of taxes, and in return expect particular services or utilities to be provided for by the government. A reliable water supply, clean and well-maintained streets, or having access to public recreational facilities are a few of the expectations some taxpayers have. Exactly what Yangon’s five million residents think […]

People protest against power bill hike in Yangon

Yangon residents staged protests against the power bill hike in Pazundaung and Thaketa Townships in Yangon on July 1. Daw Oo Oo May Thwin, a protestor said: “I have to pay an extra of Ks 500 in addition to Ks 5,000 when I see a doctor. Due to the power bill increase, the prices of […]

Kachin residents urge govt to stop quarrying on island

Kachin residents have urged the government to stop large-scale gold mining and sand quarrying on an island in the Ayeyarwady River, as the activities could harm the environment and the livelihoods of villagers. More than 600 residents from several villages in the state capital, Myitkyina, and Waingmaw township, sent a letter to the state government […]

Myeik residents lament higher power prices

Electricity prices in Myeik, Tanintharyi Region, have risen since an agreement between the Tanintharyi Regional Government and public company Myeik Public Corp Ltd was inked on October 26 for the latter to take over distribution of electricity in the Myeik area. Under the electricity distribution contract, Myeik Public must commence distribution of electricity within six […]

Yangon residents unhappy with YCDC: survey

A survey conducted by civil service group Alinsaetamarn Library and Resource Centre has revealed that the majority of Yangon’s residents are dissatisfied with the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). The survey, which polled the views of 1,205 members of the public across Yangon, was conducted in March. The results revealed that most residents are unhappy […]

High hopes for business zone on China-Myanmar border

An ambitious new economic zone at Myanmar’s largest trading point with China will bring new business opportunities for the two countries, officials and residents said at the project’s soft opening in Shan State’s Muse last week. Around 80 percent of Myanmar’s formal overland trade with China passes through a border point a few miles from […]

Owners take a gamble on dangerous strategy

Residents of some of Yangon’s older buildings are resorting to potentially dangerous measures in an effort to have their dwellings declared unsafe by Yangon City Development Committee, say developers. Once the building is declared as unsafe by YCDC a developer can then redevelop the site and exploit a loophole in city planning laws to avoid […]

More Chinese Citizens Injured in Spillover From Myanmar Conflict

On May 14, several Chinese citizens were injured during a Myanmar government shelling operation against armed ethnic rebels. Radio Free Asia, citing local sources, reports that eight people in the township of Nansan were injured in the blasts. Witness reported five separate explosions in a half-hour period on the evening of May 14. One resident […]

Rocketing rental fee freaks out foreign residents

Foreign residents in Yangon are burdened by unabashedly hiking rental charges, and some head back to Bangkok at weekends to take a break, according to realtors circle. “Foreigners are freaked out of rocketing rental fees and also tired of electricity shortage,” said an official of City Land real estate agency. The government has planned to […]