Rakhine MPs attack budget cuts

The central government’s Ks144 billion (US$110 million) budget allocated for Rakhine State for 2017-18 will not be enough for infrastructure development, argued MPs at an emergency state parliamentary meeting.

“Rakhine State is allowed Ks144 billion for the next fiscal year and 24 state departments have to share it. The central government handles budgets for education and health sectors itself. I don’t think the budget is enough to carry out development works which Rakhine State urgently need,” said MP Aung Win of Myebon constituency no.1.

Suu Kyi discusses Rakhine with Indonesia minister

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has received Retno Marsudi, the Indonesian foreign minister, in Nay Pyi Taw, reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on December 7.

During her two-day visit, Marsudi visited Suu Kyi at her house in Nay Pyi Taw and will attend a dinner hosted by Suu Kyi.

They reportedly focused on bilateral relations and cooperation, the situation in Rakhine State, Indonesia’s humanitarian aid and health-care services to be provided to the two communities in Rakhine State.

International community needs to give enough time to government dealing with decades-long problems

Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, said in her meeting with Kofi Annan-led commission at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw on December 6 that the international community should give the administration enough time to deal with problems which have been facing the nation for decades, and advised that the international community understands better Myanmar’s situation, reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

No human rights abuses in Rakhine: Senior General

Myanmar's commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing says there are no human rights abuses and violent attacks by security forces on Muslims [in Rakhine State].

The statements were made on December 5 in Nay Pyi Taw where Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received General Tan Sri Dato' Sri (Dr) Zulkifeli bin Mohd. Zin, Chief of Malaysian Armed Forces on December 5 in Nay Pyi Taw, according to the Office of Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services.

Kofi Annan commission meets President Htin Kyaw

President Htin Kyaw received the Kofi Annan-led Rakhine State Advisory Commission on December 5.

They discussed the importance of humanitarian aid for both communities in Rakhine State, an appropriate response to rumors and the release of information about the state’s situation, and boosting relationships and understanding between both communities in Rakhine State.

The President’s Office says more vocational trainings are to be provided in Rakhine State to create economic opportunities and improve the lives of the local people.

MDCF calls for govt solutions, constitution abolishment

The Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF) yesterday staged a protest in downtown Yangon calling for a solution to the general crisis and the abolishment of the 2008 constitution.

The MDCF members and activists marched to the front of Kyauktada Township Court from Yangon City Hall and chanted the slogans: “Abolish the 2008 Constitution,” “ Follow Rule of Law,” “ Drop commodities prices.”

Yangon residents respond to Malaysia PM with protest

People staged a protest on December 4 in front of Maha Bandoola Park in Yangon condemning Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for leading a demonstration in Kuala Lumpur against reports of violence against muslims in Rakhine State.

“The national activist coalition organized a counter-protest against Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak who put pressure on Myanmar’s government. The concerned township was informed of the peaceful assembly and procession,” Naung Taw Lay who led the protest said.

CSOs’ access to peace conference undecided

Whether to allow civil society organisations (CSO) to join the Union Peace Conference in February is undecided, according to the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee’s secretary Sai Kyaw Nyunt.

CSOs are tasked with discussing the resettlement of ethnic armed groups, federal economy and finance, land and environmental policies and natural disaster management at the national-level political talks which were kicked off last month.