Military representatives have been nominated for positions in all parliamentary committees so far, and MPs have welcomed their participation.
Political pensions, lump-sum payouts awarded to MPs for their service, are shaping up to be less than half of the promised K5 million.
Once deemed by leaked US cables to be Myanmar’s “dictator-in-waiting” and eyed as a serious presidential contender, Thura U Shwe Mann has been relegated to the offices of a legislative committee he created.
The penalties for failing to fasten your seat belt may include a K30,000 fine and a broken neck.
The Myanmar Times’ Nyan Lynn Aung interviews U Nyi Pu, National League for Democracy’s chair for Rakhine State and a Pyithu Hluttaw representative from Gwa township constituency 2, also rumoured to be in line for the state chief minister’s post.
As they put on their new dresses and checked their make-up, Nang Kyan Khan and Nang Htwe Yin were excited about the festival ahead. At 7pm on December 28 the two pre-school teachers said goodbye to their families in remote Mong Paine village and left in a taxi – a rare treat – which the fun-loving 20-year-olds had hired to take them over the rough tracks of northern Shan and into neighbouring Nant Onn. They never made the celebrations.
The number has surged from an estimate of 65,000 at the end of 2013 on government and privately owned land, but no official survey has been done since, U Win Naing, deputy director of housing development in the Ministry of Construction, told The Myanmar Times in mid-January. It has been suggested that there may be as many as 2 million squatters.
Forced evictions in Yangon and Mandalay last month have led to the creation of a “new breed of roadside squatters”, according to the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission.