The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Why enact a law that will not be enforced?

The Health Care for Population Control Bill was signed into law by President U Thein Sein on May 19. This came after the president had sent an lightly amended version of the bill back to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, which reapproved it on May 15.

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Interview: New guidelines for advance voting

Union Election Commission director U Thaung Hlaing talks on preparations for the November election, voter education, and improvements on the 2011 election. The Myanmar Times presents a selection of the interview, edited for clarity and brevity.

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What lies ahead for ASEAN's wildlife?

From appearances on dinner plates of businessmen seeking exotic fare, to forced performances at dubious wildlife parks courting tourists, Southeast Asia’s indigenous animals, including its once numerous elephants, are increasingly under threat.

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No firm ballast for democracy in Myanmar

Passengers on the Yangon-Mandalay express train are familiar with the sight of human waste along the railway tracks in Yangon’s suburbs as well as near the major stops all the way to Mandalay.

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Editorial: Pick election issues carefully

With the general elections approaching, there seem to be attempts to make any issue an election issue here.

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Action needed in the Buddhist-Muslim zone

Myanmar’s troubled western borderlands are in the news again. This year the headlines are about the trade in desperation that sees thousands take to rickety boats each month, seeking sanctuary and better prospects across the Andaman Sea.

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Letpadaung convictions taint the legal system

“They can imprison my body, but never my mind,” U Nay Myo Zin told us just before police led him into the Dagon township courtroom last week.

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Editorial: Paying tax is a duty, but ...

The recent announcement by the government that commercial tax will be levied on mobile phone top-up cards has prompted heated debate among the public.

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Discrimination at home and abroad

There was finally some good news this week when Malaysia and Indonesia agreed to grant refuge to thousands of refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh adrift at sea in dire conditions.

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Entering the rule-of-law minefield

The National League for Democracy’s mantra of the past three years could make life difficult for the party after this year’s election.

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