President U Thein Sein’s last budget before the election is a bonanza for the public. Spending will rise in education, health, water quality, the agricultural sector and electricity supply as the percentage of the budget spent on the military continues to fall.
Tatmadaw commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing bears the most responsibility for repeated outbreaks of fighting in Kachin State, Amyotha Hluttaw representative J Yaw Wu has told The Myanmar Times.
The military has sought approval for a 5.5 percent budget increase in 2015-16, with the additional K137 billion to be used to raise soldiers’ wages in line with a salary increase for civil servants.
The battle lines are being drawn over Myanmar’s human rights record ahead of a four-yearly United Nations review later in 2015.