“I feel like I am in a different country. This place is very different from our poor region,” said U Kham Khan Thang, Pyithu Hluttaw representative for Chin State’s Tonzang township. It is his very first time in Nay Pyi Taw and, having grown up in a poor town in Chin State, he was taken aback by the grandeur of the buildings and electric lights all along the wide lanes of the nation’s capital.
An outspoken former parliamentarian just won’t let his election loss go.
Civil service chiefs, themselves barely a year in the job, are getting ready to meet their new bosses. The permanent secretaries have been preparing for a changing of the guard since last November’s elections resulted in a landslide for the National League for Democracy.
Newly elected MPs of the National League of Democracy took up their seats for the first time yesterday in the Pyithu Hluttaw, applauded by former lawmakers who expressed optimism about the future of a parliament dominated by political novices.
It had been a long wait: almost three months since the election that swept Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy to victory, but also decades of being kept on the sidelines by military control. Finally Myanmar’s NLD MPs took their seats in parliament as the ruling party.
Energy officials have pledged to push down the price of petrol at the pump still further, as it emerged that some filling station owners are profiting from globally plummeting oil prices by keeping their prices up – or even raising them.