While a series of missteps in recent years by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has caused the UMNO party to question his leadership and has damaged his country’s international image, young politician Lim Guan Eng has thrived as the chief minister of Penang State.
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.
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.
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.
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.