Myanmar Labor Rights Protestors Forcibly Detained Near Naypyidaw Reply

By HTET NAING ZAW/ THE IRRAWADDY| Wednesday, May 18, 2016 |

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Police forcibly detain labor rights protestors in Tatkon Township on Wednesday. (Photo: Thiha / The Irrawaddy)

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar  — Police in Tatkon Township forcibly detained labor rights protestors marching from Sagaing Division to Naypyidaw, three weeks into the march and just miles outside the capital. More…

Myanmar forestry officials call for end to corruption Reply

By Mai Sara Htwe Mizzima Tuesday 17 May 2016

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Forestry department staff will submit an 8-point demand calling for the control and eradication of corruption.

The natural resources and environment conservation department director general Nyi Nyi Kyaw speaking at a forest resources sustainability workshop held on May 15 said that the demand would be discussed with union ministers and would be presented to parliament.

This 8-point demand calls for better pay and allowances to public servants, action against both sides in relation to corruption i.e. takers and givers, establishing an effective complaints system, issuing department policy and procedures for public awareness, relaxing and decentralizing procedures, and having an independent monitoring team to control and eradicate corruption in the department.

One former forestry official said that most corrupt officials in the forestry department were high ranking officials and they took large amount of bribes in relation to forest products extraction and sale. Lower ranking officials were only involved in small scale corruption such as collecting protection money from smugglers.

Director General Nyi Nyi Kyaw said that government staff should have good morals as the first phase in controlling corruption in the department.

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Indonesia, S. Korea Agrees to Boost Trade Values Reply


SEOUL President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and South Korean President Park


Geun-hye, has agreed to partner up to boost investment in the industrial sector during President Jokowi’s state visit to South Korea, where he was received by President Geun-hye at Cheong Wa Dae Palace in Seoul, South Korea on May 16, 2016. More…

Malaysia’s success story clouded by overly politicised issues, says PM Najib Reply


The Malay Mail Online Monday May 16, 2016


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak attending the foundation-laying ceremony of Project Legacy in Embassy Gardens, London, May 16, 2016. — Bernama pic

LONDON – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said  that the reality of Malaysia’s continuing economic success is often clouded by issues that are overly politicised.

He lamented that this was due to some people trying to paint a different picture of Malaysia for their own selfish ends when the nation’s economic underlying fundamentals had consistently been strong. More…