Beyond a few obvious facts, working out what to do with the many thousands of “boat people” who have been stuck in the vast sea straddling South and Southeast Asia in pursuit of jobs and better livelihoods is a difficult proposition.
Last November presidential adviser U Myint said the government’s approach to statistics would start from scratch. Decades of “disastrous” meddling had long twisted facts to the government’s favour, counting what it wanted to be true rather than what was true.
With the revelation this week that retired generals are thinking about running for parliament as representatives of the Union Solidarity and Development Party, chances are slim that the party will stick by its avowed plan to field more women candidates in the upcoming election.
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.