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Hilary Lau - Herbert Smith Freehills
We've seen a lot of activities recently in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Myanmar. The whole Sri Lanka, India, and Bangladesh corridor is also hot as it's connecting the East and West.feedback
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Aug 16 2017
Burma has been commented on by 220 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Burma are: Aung San Suu Kyi, Stephen Constantine and Zaw Htay. For instance, the most recent quote from Aung San Suu Kyi is: “We have disassociated ourselves from the resolution because we do not think that the resolution is in keeping with what is actually happening on the ground. But those recommendations which will divide further the two communities in Rakhine we will not accept, because it will not help to resolve the problems that are arising all the time. I am not sure quite what you mean by saying that we have not been concerned at all with regards to the allegations of atrocities that have taken place in the Rakhine. We have been investigating them and have been taking action.”.
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Seri Subahan Kamal

There are a few test matches that the national team department is arranging. Rest assured that the one that is confirmed is an away match on the 25th (August), against Macau. On the 26th we will be flying off to Yangon, Myanmar and on the 29th we will play Myanmar. Then we will come back and have a short Aidiladha break on the first (of September), the boys will come back on the second, and we will have the game (against Hong Kong) at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka on the fifth of September.feedback

Kanitha Krishnasamy

Thailand's legal reforms have paved the way for greater control of the domestic ivory market and it's certainly something other countries in the region should emulate, especially Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Further to these efforts, it's important also to test products in the market to ensure that no African elephant ivory is in the marketplace.feedback

Vivek Pathak

Traditionally, all this was happening in California, in Silicon Valley. Today, there's as much happening in Silicon Valley as in Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Bangalore or Myanmar, as long as you have the internet.feedback

Aung Zaw

In any country around the world, journalists have to cover news from both sides of the conflict.feedback

Aung Zaw

These arrests and detentions, and recent cases where editors were imprisoned, demonstrate that Burma is unsafe for reporters to work. The return of the climate of fear is very disturbing.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Regrettably, our challenge is enormous. Human trafficking is becoming more nuanced and more difficult to identify. Much of these activities are going underground, and they're going online.feedback

Lu Kang

China's government's commitment to fighting human trafficking has been resolute and our results have been obvious for everyone to see.feedback

Min Aung Hlaing

We must cultivate the spirit of constantly protecting Our Three Main National Causes, the absolute requirement of the state and the people, and pursuing our path to multiparty democracy.feedback

Stephen Constantine

Let's not get greedy. Credit goes to the boys as it was absolutely a team performance from the beginning to end. We rode our luck in the first half. Chhetri made an unbelievable run just like he did in Myanmar. He is still fit and I have to thank the medical staff who got him in the position where he is today. Pleased that I didn't play him against Nepal and maybe he couldn't have made that run had he not been protected. I am pleased for all Indians. Six points and now take a breather, need another 6 I guess.feedback

Mohiuddin Khan

We can handle all sorts of emergency cases through this center, we can refer them to the high level center instantly. This is the disability prevention and rehabilitation corner of this facility. The clients are coming from the makeshift settlement. This is the laboratory; we provide very basic but very comprehensive range of laboratory services. They had to travel around, at least 40 kilometers to access laboratory services.feedback

Myat Min Oo

The military plane went missing and lost contact after it took off from Myeik, and now the military has started a sea and air search with naval ships and military aircraft and is preparing for rescue operations.feedback

Kyaw Kyaw Htey

The total number of people on the military plane is 105. We received this information from the aeroplane before departure. We don't know what exactly happened to this plane after the loss of contact.feedback

Ely Ratner

By the time China became a more prominent diplomatic player in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the countries who most desired it were a pretty unsavory bunch: Venezuela, Iran, Burma, Zimbabwe, Sudan.feedback

Karim Elguindi - World Food Programme

For up to 20 years most humanitarian assistance has been for registered refugees Since last year more than 75,000 came in addition to other tens of thousands unregistered refugees, they were not having much. The aim is to provide something more dignified and a user harmonised approach, similar to what we have in registered camps.feedback

Setara Begum

There's no roof. We are just drinking water. The little food we had in our home was all damaged after the cyclone. My children are crying for food. I am helpless. I have no money. There's no hope. I don't know how I will raise my children.feedback

Hamida Begum

We heard that a cyclone is coming. But there's no place we can go. I hate being a Rohingya. We are being tortured in Myanmar. Now in Bangladesh we have no rights - nothing. After this cyclone, we don't have a roof. We are living under the sky. We have no future.feedback

Rachel Griffiths

If we can take a passport from a bankrupt, why can't we stop our paedophiles from travelling to Myanmar?feedback

Oliver Springate-Baginski

The ecology of Indawgyi Lake has been severely impacted by silt and mercury pollution from mining and overfishing, so much that it's become hard for the local fishers to make a living. The conflict has undermined the effectiveness of regulatory mechanisms, and powerful people have been able to exploit the natural resources at the expense of less influential locals.feedback

Julia Fogerite

Now the lake's communities, with assistance from NGOs, have established fishing-free zones that have been recognized by the government. Continued collaboration has the potential to improve the management of the lake and ensure its future health.feedback

Gerard McCarthy

Anti-Muslim sentiment is ubiquitous in Myanmar and has not been challenged by the N.L.D. in any substantive or legislative sense so far.feedback

Matt Smith

This isn't going to spell the end for extremist monks affiliated with Ma Ba Tha. They're still mobilizing, they still have a sizable following, and they're still attempting to influence the minds of young people.feedback

Maung Thawe Chun

We are not sure whether we will follow this order or not. If we wish to, we will. If we don't, we won't.feedback

Bertrand Bainvel - UNICEF

But when it comes to Kachin and northern Shan, access has been denied to us for almost a year, in spite of our requests … it is denied by the government.feedback

Bertrand Bainvel - UNICEF

This alert is an opportunity to make more visible the situation of children who are not benefiting fully from the ongoing reforms in the country.feedback

Khin Maung Myint

If they don't find oil, they lose the money. We don't have the technology to see where the oil is, which is the problem. So people just go and dig.feedback

Tevin Vongvanich

Globally, we have surplus capacity in both LNG and crude oil. We don't see a drastic change in the LNG price for the next two or three years on the spot market because of this oversupply situation. Apart from growth in the natural gas demand, we also have the potential depletion in the domestic resource in Thailand as well as the expiring of the contracts for buying gas from Myanmar. So we will rely more and more on imported LNG. That's why PTT is investing in LNG importing terminals.feedback

Daw Hla Hla Yee

They don't feel that they need to do more. They don't want their children to be seen as the children of prisoners.feedback

Aung Lin Naing

If the N.L.D. tries to do this, they will lose our support.feedback

Sam Bool - Uber

Having the government support from day one is pretty powerful. Drive rs know we are fully compliant with existing regulations. That does grease the wheels. We can move millions of people in Yangon without adding a single car.feedback

Wai Wai Nu

At the time, Indonesian ministers told me that if they supported the idea of a UN rapporteur to investigate Myanmar, there would be similar proposals in their country… Leadership in ASEAN must be honest about these matters.feedback

Derek Mitchell

The country wants it. It gives them a sense of confidence. But the focus on things we care about, such as values and democracy and human rights, they don't feel that with Trump. There's a cost in losing all of that.feedback

Shogo Watanabe

But immigration officials say you need to prove that she is actually targeted by the military.feedback

Hidenori Sakanaka

Japan has kept a mindset of closing doors to foreigners as it is an island nation that until recently had ample population.feedback

Shogo Watanabe

To me, the risk of getting raped by someone who is a member of the military is a legitimate reason to be a refugee.feedback

Yasuhiro Hishida

The number of applications from regions which generate lots of refugees, such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, is small.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

We have disassociated ourselves from the resolution because we do not think that the resolution is in keeping with what is actually happening on the ground. But those recommendations which will divide further the two communities in Rakhine we will not accept, because it will not help to resolve the problems that are arising all the time. I am not sure quite what you mean by saying that we have not been concerned at all with regards to the allegations of atrocities that have taken place in the Rakhine. We have been investigating them and have been taking action.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

This can contribute in establishing the facts for the past, provided that we fully agree on the need to work together on the way forward.feedback

Ismail Ibrahim

We are aware that the opponents' strength lies in their long-ball tactic to put pressure on us and they will wait for us to commit mistakes. In fact, the goal they scored in the final minutes in the match in Myanmar was also due to our mistake. So, we will be on higher alert.feedback

Shashank Bengali

The generals who once ruled this country–formerly known as Burma–were so paranoid about security that they built a new capital in secret, announcing its existence just as it was being completed a decade ago. Atop a lush plain of rice paddies and sugar cane fields, the city seems almost to have been dropped from outer space, with 20-lane highways, grandiose hotels, government complexes so monolithic that they invoke comparisons to North Korea–and very, very few people.feedback

Hunter Marston

Hunter Marston is a Southeast Asia analyst at a think tank in Washington, D.C.feedback

Richard Horsey - United Nations

Aung San Suu Kyi's administration has not offered any compelling economic vision.feedback

Myat Suu Mon

Support is less than before because people's expectations were too high. But in reality, we don't see things changing here.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

If you think I am not good enough for our country and our people, if someone or some organization can do better than us, we are ready to step down.feedback

Min Zarni Oo

This is not a democratic process. This is a big issue for the local people. The government doesn't value ethnic diversity.feedback

David Scott Mathieson

She's Mary Poppins without a sense of humor. She has a schoolmarmish way where instructions are given and obedience is observed. She takes that approach with government, and it is highly misplaced. Politics is compromise.feedback

Matt Smith

Entire villages were razed. Children were thrown into fires. Suu Kyi's denials and failure to provide a shred of moral leadership to deal with the situation is a really damning revelation of her character.feedback

Maung Saungkha

Without freedom of expression, there won't be democracy. If the government wants national reconciliation, this kind of law has to be discarded.feedback

David Scott Mathieson

I don't think there is ethnic cleansing going on. I think ethnic cleansing is too strong an expression to use for what is happening.feedback

Kyaw Htway

I voted for NLD (National League for Democracy) in the 2015 general election and I voted again now because I like the way the NLD government are working for us and our country. I am so glad.feedback

Victor Hla Sein

We still accept the NLD government after one year. They are governing smoothly.feedback

Win Htein

We are still improving in Shan state. The local people don't understand Burmese, so we have to translate our policies into the Shan language.feedback

Yun Sun

But then she has to somehow deal with an $800 million disbursed investment: It cannot be swept under the carpet without giving China something major, and I cannot think of anything that she could give to China without generating a bigger pushback.feedback

David Dapice

Does Myanmar need electricity? Yes, for sure. Does it need Myitsone? No. There are many other hydro sites that could be developed. And in the country's south, gas generation would be cheaper than transmitting hydro over long distances.feedback

Jerald Joseph

The numbers are too many and are shocking, and it calls for the overhaul of the system.feedback

Nur Jazlan Mohamed

I agree there is some overcrowding and the conditions are not ideal. We are always trying to improve the procedures, health conditions and management of these sites. The problem is we hit a budget brick wall. I hope critics won't rely on detainees' testimony, and come up with proper evidence.feedback

David Santoro

The U.S. and the rest of the West still have considerable leverage over countries interested in integrating into the global economy and that they can, and should, use that leverage to score points on nonproliferation.feedback

David Santoro

Nonproliferation failures, like bad news, usually dominate the headlines and too often overshadow successes. Myanmar has been a success and offers a number of important lessons for nonproliferation more generally. The late 2000s witnessed a sharp increase in allegations about ongoing nuclear-weapon work in Myanmar. While the evidence was not always clear, international concerns grew because it became obvious that something was going on. The fear was that Myanmar would become the next big proliferator.feedback

David Santoro

The nonproliferation U-turn needs to be understood as part of the broader reform agenda, which began when the military decided to open up their country to the world. A key motivation behind these reforms was to reach out to the U.S, and because Washington made nonproliferation endorsement a non-negotiable condition of its engagement, Naypyidaw delivered.feedback

Stephen Constantine

Any coach makes substitutions to try and change the game and our substitutions were brilliant on the field today. We put (Sunil) Chhetri more towards the left and that worked out well for us. We have to get nine points in this group in away matches. Having secured three points away gives us a lot more confidence to move forward.feedback

Alan Rabinowitz

The Thai forestry department proved that with protection you can not only bring tigers back, but now the western forest complex, specifically Huai Kha Khaeng, is a global model of tiger conservation. It is one of the best protected and best tiger areas left in the world. Thailand has shown that you can protect tigers and bring them back. They can do this now in the eastern forest complex as they've done in the western forest complex.feedback

Stephen Constantine

If I didn't think we could beat them, I wouldn't beat them. We can beat anyone on our day. We have to do our work. We have to hope Myanmar has a bad day and we have a good one to win. We have planned for about 10 days for this game.feedback

Stephen Constantine

I believe we have a chance to qualify and I like to think Myanmar has the same. I'm not sure about Kyrgyzstan or Macau. It's the first game of the competition, it's an away game and we didn't come here to lose. We have big respect for Myanmar we come here to play. They've shown big improvement over the last few years. But we come here to play.feedback

Stephen Constantine

We'll prepare like we have for the last two days. We've been working hard. We understand the game will be very tough. Myanmar has a very good team, very good situation here, on the field and I think Myanmar are the favourites for this game.feedback

Stephen Constantine

Considering the last 18 months, we are in a good place at the moment. Nothing is too serious and the players are ready.feedback

Stephen Constantine

They work very hard and love to press. When you combine with the two with the ability they have and add the crowd and atmosphere to it, the combination is just deadly.feedback

Stephen Constantine

Myanmar are definitely the favourites. Playing at home is always an advantage for any team. They have been together for some time and the familiarity with each other is so much beneficial when you take the field. They certainly have the advantage. History will show that the same players are not always playing. The situations are always different and both teams would be playing after a long gap. I feel the circumstances are always different.feedback

Zaw Htay

What the U.N. Human Rights Council did to us is totally not fair and not right under international practices.feedback

Stephen Constantine

At the end of day, it's a win and I am very happy for the boys and all who have been involved in the process. But there is no place to go over the moon. We have a sterner test next week, an acid test in fact.feedback

Stephen Constantine

But the important thing is that we won the game and we do not have any injuries and next week we have a very difficult game against Myanmar.feedback

Stephen Constantine

I agree that we were a bit casual in the beginning mainly because we haven't played together since September which is a long time.feedback

Stephen Constantine

I think they all played very well. If I am the coach of Cambodia then I will be very happy only after two weeks.feedback

Douglas Feagin - Ant Financial Services Group

There are a lot of bad actors out there who try to take advantage of these accounts so we've built a pretty good system at detecting those early and then enabling ourselves and our partners to stop transactions.feedback

Zaw Htay

We appreciated this action. Stability and peace in border area is common interest for both sides. [It was a] very positive move from China.feedback

Richard Horsey - United Nations

Allowing the MNDAA to fundraise in such an open manner within China will inevitably damage relations with Myanmar.feedback

Stephen Constantine

For us it is an important friendly. We have a difficult game after this with Myanmar. Coming to Cambodia means similar conditions, similar weather. I think it will be an interesting game for us. I wish Cambodia's new coach (Leonardo Vitorino) all the very best and good luck except not so much good luck tomorrow. We are taking this game very seriously and we are trying to give our best performance.feedback

Stephen Constantine

My first views to play Cambodia was that it is very close to Myanmar and the conditions are very similar. They have recently played them in the AFF Suzuki Cup so it will be a good experience for us and will be close to how Myanmar play. Although Cambodia have a new coach and he will look to change somethings, but this was the main reason. Well, we wanted to stay here. We won't be able to train the same way over there. I am sure they (Myanmar) do not want us to be there too early. So, we decided that we will stay here for two or three days. It is better for us.feedback

Daran Zheng

Courtship behaviours, frequent among modern insects, have left extremely rare fossil traces. None are known previously for fossil (primitive winged insects). Fossil traces of such behaviours are better known among the vertebrates, such as the antlers of the Pleistocene giant deer Megaloceros giganteus. Here we describe spectacular extremely expanded, pod-like tibiae in males of a platycnemidid damselfly from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Such structures in modern damselflies, help to fend off other suitors as well as attract mating females, increasing the chances of successful mating.feedback

Ghassan Salame

We also look at the question of citizenship, and we also call for all those who have been recognized as citizens to have all the rights attached to that citizenship.feedback

Stephen Constantine

The best example of continuity is Myanmar. They qualified for the U-20 World Cup 2015 on merit, average age on the senior national team is about 24 and have got a coach (former U-19 coach Gerd Ziese put in charge of Myanmar senior side) for the last eight years.feedback

Stephen Constantine

I need to thank the Western India Football Association headed by Mr. Praful Patel and Mr. Aditya Thackeray for their hospitality and help. I admire their passion for the National Team. We didn't face any obstacle during our training process.feedback

Stephen Constantine

The character showed by the boys in the Camp has been exemplary. They worked very hard and we are looking forward to getting a result in both the matches. We are ready for the dual challenge.feedback

Genevieve Heng

When they launched, everybody went straight to 3G. Suddenly everybody was on Facebook. Everybody was connected to the rest of the world.feedback

Mike Than Tun Win

Many people didn't have TVs or phone lines before – even DVD players. The smartphone has become their TV, their tablet, their computer.feedback

Jes Kaliebe Petersen

There is definitely a sense of hunger to get access to data and technology, and data and information – maybe precisely because the country was so closed off before.feedback

Mya Win

My team was actually the one connecting the country. That made me think: Maybe I should get in on this internet business. In two or three years, I've seen a huge improvement. Before, it was one mobile operator. Now, we have like three or four. That's led to a huge boom in tech-related opportunities for us.feedback

Zaw Htay

We will not forgive anyone who does. We suspect that these people joined the attackers' training or supported them with funding, or they cooperated during the attacks or were involved in the attacks. We want to process them quickly. There are security concerns with the prison being over capacity.feedback

Di Dar

The soldiers would come three times a day and would beat us for about an hour at a time. They asked, 'Did you fight us?' 'Were you involved in the insurgency?'.feedback

David Cook-Martín

Barring these or other refugees into the U.S. will not make us safer, but it will make us less credible as a leading democracy and will fuel recruitment by terrorist organizations.feedback

Julia Mayerhofer

What we will see is that more and more people will be stuck in situations for even longer and literally be stranded. The human suffering of this will be tremendous.feedback

Becca Heller

Restricting refugee resettlement sends an alarming message to our nation's international allies.feedback

Yun Sun

The Chinese actually tacitly and privately support the Kokang being included in the negotiations, but they can't say that.feedback

Yun Sun

The Chinese will be very angry if it escalates to the level of 2015.feedback

Htin Lynn

The situation in Rakhine state is very complicated in nature and thus requires complicated answers. It also requires greater understanding by the international community.feedback

Geng Shuang

China supports Myanmar's peace process and hopes all sides can use peaceful means to resolve their differences via dialogue and consultation.feedback

Mohammed Shah

I support them. We have been persecuted for decades and they are working to bring us justice.feedback

Yan Naing Latt

There were six cells in total. They trained karate and practiced firing guns.feedback

Geng Shuang

The situation in northern Myanmar relates to the peace and tranquillity of the China-Myanmar border. The relevant parties should have an immediate ceasefire to prevent the clashes from escalating and return normal order to the border as soon as possible. Since the clashes began, some Myanmar border residents have entered into China on safety considerations.feedback

Zaw Htay

Their number is much greater than our figure. We have to check on the ground. If it's true we need to find out the reason and the background data about the incident.feedback

Pope Francis

I urge all those in government positions to combat this scourge with firmness, giving voice to our younger brothers and sisters who have been wounded in their dignity. All efforts must be made to eradicate this shameful and intolerable crime. They have been suffering for years, they have been tortured, killed, simply because they want to live their culture and their Muslim faith. Let us pray for them… for our Rohingya brothers and sisters.feedback

Khatun Hazera

They shot him and then turned the body upside down, dragged it, put a sword inside it and took pictures.feedback

Najib Razak

We hear their pain, those who have been raped, murdered and burned alive.feedback

Zaw Htay

These are extremely serious allegations and we are deeply concerned. We will be immediately investigating these allegations through the investigation commission, led by Vice-President U Myint Swe.feedback

Mohammad Mizanur Rahman

We are fearful that the nature of the Rohingya people is not good – they have a record of involvement in drugs and smuggling, so if they are moved here, together with the pirates who rob, we will be in big trouble.feedback

Shahriar Alam

After considering all aspects, we have taken a firm decision to shift them to the island. Still, this is a very early stage of our decision. We also have plans to provide them poultry or livestock for their livelihood. But all these arrangements are temporary. Myanmar will have to take them back. They are living in inhumane conditions. Taking the Rohingya back and giving them citizenship is the only solution to the crisis. They are getting involved in drugs and other unlawful activities. If we could have confined them in the camp, it would not have happened.feedback

Aye Aye Soe

The people that Bangladesh is saying are on their side, we have to verify that they are from Myanmar. We can't just accept on face value if they say they are from Myanmar. If they are found to be from Myanmar, we will take them back and of course we will do that in due time.feedback

Thu Soe

We cannot say exactly why he killed or who was behind him.feedback

Alex Nyi Nyi Aung - Telenor

About 64 per cent of Telenor customers nationwide are data users and most users use Facebook, Viber and some other social media only rather than email.feedback

Sybilla Bharatan

They couldn't grasp how backwards it was, how difficult it was. I used to say to them, Well you will have to come to Myanmar to see for yourself.' Life has changed a lot because of the internet. For the ordinary man there is now a way to access so much information.feedback

Erwin Sikma

When I arrived here in 2013 – with the ambition to set up four online market places – it was apparent that Myanmar had a very long way to go.feedback

Sybilla Bharatan

If I phone them they won't pick up, but if I message them on Facebook I get an answer back straight away.feedback

Phyu Thin Zar Soe - Facebook

Last week I had a day to spend with my sister, but even when we were together it is like we are apart. We ordered food and when we were waiting for it to come we weren't talking to each other, just looking at our [cellphones] the whole time.feedback

Erwin Sikma

The internet was also very slow and intermittent. The good thing about that was indeed that it was easier to disconnect from work and distractions like fake or not-relevant news, continuous chats with friends and family. Setting up a proper Skype call with family and friends was special and therefore higher quality. Sending an email often replaced by having more focused meetings around several topics.feedback

Najib Razak

We appeal to the government of Myanmar - said Najib - to put an immediate end to all discriminatory actions and attacks against Rohingya. And that the culprits are brought to justice.feedback

Nyunt Lwin

I don't want them in prison again, that would be nonsense.feedback

Boris Johnson

Burma's transition to democracy is not yet complete but it is worth reflecting on just how far Burma has come since Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party took office just nine months ago.feedback

Boris Johnson

It is clear that many challenges remain and full reform will take time. The UK, as a longstanding and long term friend to Burma, will continue to offer its fullest support. I look forward to seeing Burma continue to develop into a country where there is peace and prosperity for all its people.feedback

Nyunt Lwin

The military now has the upper hand because they won the lawsuit.feedback

Najib Razak

For a start, the killing must stop. The violation of women and girls must stop. The persecution of your fellow men and women, simply on the grounds that they are Muslim, must stop.feedback

Najib Razak

It is incumbent on us all to do what we can to save them from the humanitarian tragedy they are suffering.feedback

Maung Aung

We are just starting the reform -- it's a first step -- we could face a lot of objections or even protests.feedback

Min Thein

We will change the bus system first, and then continue to upgrade the electronic payment system, security and we'll carry out controls to ensure the traffic rules are respected.feedback

Aye Soe

For the border situation, an operation is still in progress to create stability, so I don't think there will be a lot of results from this first-time meeting. We need to make sure how many people arrived and where they are from, but no one can confirm exactly.feedback

Tom Malinowski

People don't film themselves committing a human rights abuse unless they think that doing so is normal and allowed. What that video suggests to me is that this kind of behaviour, at least with respect to whatever unit or elements of the security forces was involved, has become normalised, much as the photographs at Abu Ghraib taught us the same lesson about things that were going on in our military in Iraq at the time.feedback

Tom Malinowski

Outside forces would eventually exploit those grievances to promote a violent reaction. It does seem that something like that, at least on a small scale, has happened. We do want to support the government of Burma in protecting its people and its borders. We want to help them do it the right way. That means not falling into the trap of an indiscriminate response that fuels recruitment for groups that may be using violence.feedback

Aye Soe

You cannot just look at one incident and think, that's the whole thing that is happening. Come back with something concrete, and we will give you back something concrete.feedback

Myat Thu

I will say there are so many 'isolated incidents' in Rakhine state.feedback

Chu Chin Hung

We don't make anything here. The stuff we eat, we wear and we use is all from China. Every Saturday morning there is a farmers' market, but almost all of the vendors are from China.feedback

Anthony Davis

China is playing a complex game in Myanmar aimed at safeguarding and extending its considerable economic, commercial and strategic interests while at the same time deterring any encroachment by Western or Japanese interests along its southwestern border.feedback

Kyaw Myint

The military should give up and return the lands they don't need for the military projects. They have no rights to do business in those areas. But finding a solution will be very long process.feedback

David Mathieson - Human Rights Watch

But it could be prioritising legal reform that ensures land laws protect farmers.feedback

Myint Khine

We don't dare to enter the CP area because they made a fence.feedback

Aung Htwe

I sued them because we already told them: 'If you want to work here, you have to follow the discipline of the Eastern Command'. But they have the mindset that this is their own land.feedback

Mya Myitzu

This case is not only about the farmers in this place, this is a national problem.feedback

Nyunt Lwin

We won in the election with the manifesto which clearly said we would sort out the land problem, so we cannot stay in power without finding a solution.feedback

Richard Towle

Although it's proper to highlight the situation in Myanmar itself, it's also very important to look at the situation of the Rohingyas in Bangladesh and here in Malaysia, where there is a lot we can still do to make their lives more secure and safer.feedback

Ryan McKellar

We're seeing feathers still attached to the tail, and we can see how they attach, the shapes that they have down to the micrometer scale, and things like pigment patterns within the feathers.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

Quite clearly, there is a major domestic political dimension to this, as Najib positions himself as the champion of downtrodden Muslims in the region, which he and United Malays National Organization (UMNO) obviously believe will be popular in the Malay Muslim heartland. And of course, talking about the Rohingya is a good way to change the subject from the 1MDB scandal.feedback

Islam Muhammad Kassim

Rohingya people are hoping something may change in Myanmar - and also in Malaysia where many of us live.feedback

Najib Razak

We want to tell Aung San Suu Kyi, enough is enough... We must and we will defend Muslims and Islam. We want the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) to act. Please do something. The U.N. do something. The world cannot sit and watch genocide taking place.feedback

Maung Khin

The Rakhine issue is an internal affair. We cannot accept interference from outsiders. We don't need foreigners for our internal affairs. This shows how the government mishandles the case.feedback

Pan Wenhao

We certainly buy tin indirectly from Myanmar. We don't specifically pay attention to where they source their materials from.feedback

Sophia Pickles

Companies, not schemes, bear the primary responsibility for ensuring that supply chains are responsible.feedback

Tim Lin

Myanmar is not considered a conflict-affected area by CFSI...As long as smelters present a certified sourcing document, that's acceptable for us.feedback

Ryan Aherin - Verisk Maplecroft

The situation illustrates that the NLD-led government has made little progress towards improving transparency and accountability since it took office in March 2016.feedback

Ryan Aherin - Verisk Maplecroft

The government's response suggests that it either has no control over the still-powerful military, or considers protecting the ethnic minority as too politically charged in light of the country's vocal Buddhist nationalist majority.feedback

Muhammed Noor

The Myanmar government says the claims are all fabricated but they are not fabricated. This movement has to continue, to pressure the government to stop the killing.feedback

Selena Ling - OCBC Bank

I am expecting a more stimulative fiscal budget for 2017. I think the feedback on the ground already sounds like a pretty weak outlook in terms of the corporate sector, especially from the SMEs [small and medium-sized enterprises] so I think there's some anticipation that there'll be some additional help on that front, either on the cost side or in terms of helping them tap growth markets in the region, so it could be Myanmar or Indochina.feedback

Khairy Jamaluddin

While we've known for a while that Myanmar will be the host, this (decision) is based on recent reports from Rakhine that showed proof of attacks, that reportedly show evidence of genocide. We must continue to speak up.feedback

Zaw Htay

The international community misunderstood us because of Rohingya lobbyists who distributed fabricated news. No one in the world would accept attacks on security forces, killings and looting of weapons.feedback

Zaw Htay

Our government is working on solving the problem in Rakhine State.feedback

Nicole Thompson

We remain concerned by reports of ongoing violence and displacement in northern Rakhine State.feedback

Kamrul Ahsan

Despite our border guards' sincere effort to prevent the influx, thousands of distressed Myanmar citizens including women, children and elderly people continue to cross border in to Bangladesh. Thousands more have been reported to be gathering at the border crossing.feedback

George Moo

There is already a saving tradition in Myanmar whereby families leave one scoop of rice before they cook to donate to another family later. We're trying to apply this tradition to women's income - but instead of donating the extra income, you save it for the future.feedback

George Moo

So when a disaster strikes, women's options are more limited than men's.feedback

Humayun Kabir

There was a group of people from our village who crossed the river by boat to come here, but suddenly the boat sank.feedback

John McKissick

Difficult as it is for the Bangladesh government to absorb large numbers, it seems to me there is no other choice, because the only other choice is death and suffering. For now, the only thing that can be done is to assist and protect them.feedback

Khairy Jamaluddin

I raised this issue in the cabinet last week. I will do so again this week and stand guided by decision.feedback

Nurul Izzah Anwar

In 1980, we withdrew from the Olympic Games that is more prestigious to protest the invasion of Soviet troops on Afghanistan.feedback

Than Htun Aung

During the training, we told them how to give instructions to patients on how to avoid sexually transmitting Zika.feedback

Jorge M. Luna

You have to give them information, good information, what is going on, and it's the couple's choice.feedback

Aye Soe

They are using our country, our region as a base...with the intention of disrupting the area, causing unrest, chaos in the area, they are doing this to get international attention, to pressure Myanmar.feedback

Sein Lwin

The ethnic Rakhine asked the government to protect them in the Muslim-majority region. If we have enough police force, we can give more security to them.feedback

Myint Lwin

No one in the village has had enough sleep since last month. We were scared when we heard people shouting and dogs barking in the middle of the night.feedback

Myint Lwin

These Muslims are trying to abuse our Buddhist women and people, so I want to protect our country from them.feedback

Sein Lwin

These Muslims never follow the laws. They are trying to seize land and extend their territory in northern Rakhine and kill Rakhine ethnics.feedback

Kyaw San Win

I have some Muslim friends, they are not bad people, and we have no problems.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

This is a recipe for rights abuses against the Rohingya. The Burmese government is foolhardy to think they will be able to control the local recruits operating on a basis of bias against the Rohingya people.feedback

Kyaw Mya Win

The villagers have become insurgents, including women in the village.feedback

Anwarul Azim

Early Tuesday, 86 Rohingya including 40 women and 25 children were pushed back by the BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) from the Teknaf border point. All of them tried to enter Bangladesh and came by two engine-operated boats. Now we have beefed up our patrolling and additional forces have been engaged to ensure security in the border area.feedback

Kofi Annan - United Nations

I wish to express my deep concern over the recent violence in northern Rakhine State, which is plunging the state into renewed instability and creating new displacement. All communities must renounce violence and I urge the security services to act in full compliance with the rule of law.feedback

Phyo Min Thein

(The) post was intended to defame my personal dignity, (it's a) misrepresentation and it has disturbed my activities.feedback

Zaw Htay

I'm really sorry to hear about the sacking of the Myanmar Times reporter. Actually we didn't make any personal attack on her, but just highlighted she didn't reach other reliable sources and it led to a one-sided news article based on unreliable sources.feedback

Shawn Crispin

The best way to prove or disprove allegations of rights abuses is to allow independent media to probe the accusations.feedback

Fiona MacGregor

It's extremely concerning and unacceptable that representatives of the democratically elected government would use social media and bullying tactics to suppress stories about important issues like gender-based violence in conflict.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

Rather than trying to shut down reports that it doesn't like, the government should respect press freedom and permit journalists to do their jobs by investigating what is really happening on the ground.feedback

Christopher Dunks

Suddenly there is interest. It's still a really hard environment to get financing, but there are a handful of companies in the world that are seeing an opportunity.feedback

Peter Cook

We've been approached a number of times (by private equity).feedback

Caroline Stover - Human Rights Watch

Some have documents (such as receipts showing they have paid tax on the land they use), but don't have the documents required under current law to protect them against investors who want to buy up the land.feedback

Caroline Stover - Human Rights Watch

Under the Land Acquisition Act, the government can take land for public purposes, but the government has failed to do proper notice and consultation, and provide proper compensation as required by law.feedback

Zaw Htay

There's no logical way of committing rape in the middle of a big village of 800 homes, where insurgents are hiding.feedback

Soe Lwin Nyein

We're also helping her by giving her psychiatric treatment because she's worried about her pregnancy.feedback

Maung Ni

So far as we have heard from the CAD staff on the Manaung Island things are normal there, so we're not doing anything.feedback

Soe Lwin Nyein

The Ministry of Health will issue a statement soon advising married women in Yangon to avoid having pregnancies in six months.feedback

Myint Kyaw

We've been conducting extensive awareness campaigns and anti-mosquito measures across the country by coordinating and cooperating with other ministries and the media. We're doing this together with anti-dengue measures.feedback

Htin Kyaw

Condolences for the dead, offering assistance to the bereaved families and announcing action against those responsible after a systematic probe.feedback

Silke Buhr

After several days with no access to these areas, WFP hopes to be able to resume its regular support for some 37,000 people by next week.feedback

Brad Adams - Human Rights Watch

The Burmese government has a responsibility to search for and arrest those who attacked the border posts. But it is required to do so in a manner that respects human rights, ensures that the area's people get the aid they need, and allows journalists and rights monitors into the area.feedback

Pierre Peron

We hope that the situation will improve as soon as possible so that humanitarian organisations can restart vital programmes to assist all communities in Rakhine state.feedback

Khin Maung Than

Villagers are scared about their security because their hostile neighbours have a huge population.feedback

Takashi Yanai - Myanmar-Japan Thilawa Development

Even though before I lived in a small house of bamboo, lit by candles, my family did not have any worries. Now, everyday, I have all these pressures. I can't find happiness here.feedback

Vicky Bowman

It "should be recognized that this is actually the most advanced, transparent and comprehensive resettlement process which has ever occurred in Myanmar. But as with all such projects, there are always lessons to be learned. Government capacity to handle these large projects is seriously lacking.feedback

Katherine McDonnell

If the second phase of Thilawa goes forward in its current state it gives a green light to irresponsible and harmful investment.feedback

Sa Willy Frank

We've just found the exact location of the sunken boat, and now we're trying to salvage it using heavy-duty cranes.feedback

Andrew Claerhout

If you look at the countries that are involved in One Belt One Road, there's developed Asian countries and there're less developed Asian countries. From Ontario Teachers' standpoint, we would be less likely to get involved in Myanmar than we would a more developed market.feedback

Aung Soe

Necessary action will be taken against the responsible police officials for their negligence, which led to the loss of the lives of police personnel and the loss of weapons.feedback

Kyaw Htay Lwin

I heard from witnesses that the boat was packed with at least 300 passengers, despite its official capacity of around 120.feedback

Ted Osius

Indonesia is very internally focussed right now ... Thailand is very internally focussed, and Malaysia has a rolling political crisis. I don't know exactly what direction the Philippines is headed; Singapore has a lot strategic thinkers but it's a city state; I don't think you can really count on Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar to provide the strategic engine for ASEAN.feedback

Ye Htut

All of the security forces are deployed in Maungdaw, so we are not worried about security. Everything is fine.feedback

Kyaw Tin

The state counsellor instructed us to handle this issue cautiously in accordance with the law.feedback

Barack Obama

I have determined that the situation that gave rise to the national emergency with respect to Burma has been significantly altered by Burma's substantial advances to promote democracy, including historic elections in November 2015.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

When you are trying to invest in Burma, please don't think you have to go with a suitcase bursting with dollar bills.feedback

Barack Obama

In part because of the progress we've seen over the last several months, I indicated after consulting with Daw Suu that the United States is now prepared to lift sanctions we've imposed upon Burma for quite some time. It is the right thing to do in order to ensure the people of Burma see the rewards from a new way of doing business and a new government.feedback

Hein Aung

When we have more economic development, grassroots-level people will have more hope to have a better life in the future. The current economic situations really hurt the grassroots-level people right now.feedback

John Sifton

If the issue is leverage, the decision makes almost no sense. Obama and Suu Kyi just took important tools out of their collective tool kit for dealing with the Burmese military, and threw them into the garbage.feedback

Peter Kucik

The original focus of sanctions was to bring Myanmar to where it is now, a country with a recognized democratically elected government. Sanctions were imposed in the aftermath of the 1990 election when the military rejected the vote results.feedback

John Sifton

Lifting restrictions on doing business with Burma's military and its corporate enterprises, as well as the friends and cronies who been enriched by their decades of rule, is not the right thing to do. It benefits largely them, and few others, and certainly not the people of Burma in general.feedback

Bob Corker

While we certainly appreciate the work Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has done to ensure a democratic transition in Burma, I am somewhat appalled by her dismissive reaction to concerns I raised this morning about the problem of human trafficking in her country.feedback

Matt Smith

Lifting all sanctions now will embolden the Myanmar military and its partners. This decision was hasty and fails to recognize political realities on the ground.feedback

John Sifton

Obama and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi just took important tools out of their collective tool kit for dealing with the Burmese military, and threw them into the garbage.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

We want to make sure that everybody who is entitled to citizenship is accorded citizenship as quickly and as fairly as possible. This is what we are trying to do in Rakhine.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

We would like to invite all of you to come to see country to see why you should invest there and to see how you can invest there in such a way that you can benefit from it as much as we can.feedback

Barack Obama

I think this will give the United States, our businesses, our nonprofit institutions greater incentive to invest and participate in what we hope will be an increasingly democratic and prosperous partner for us in the region.feedback

Xu Qiliang

China firmly upholds a friendly policy towards Myanmar and supports Myanmar's national reconciliation process.feedback

Aung Than Wai

Rakhine state is in Myanmar and our country has its own sovereignty and there is no way we can accept a commission that is formed by foreigners.feedback

Aung Kyaw

We don't want this commission because we don't want a foreigner's human rights perspectives without actually understanding and evaluating the history of Rakhine people, and how can they know the root causes of the conflicts.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

There is a wound that hurts all of us. And it is because we wish to heal all the wounds of our nation, all the wounds of our people that we look toward Kofi Annan and all the members of the commission to help us to find a way forward.feedback

Aung Kyaw

Whenever the United Nations' representatives ... came here, they never stood for Rakhine and didn't do the true reports from Rakhine side.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

If all those who play a part ... in the peace process cultivate the wisdom to reconcile differing views for the good of the people ... we will surely be able to build the democratic federal union of our dreams. Only if we are all united, our country will be at peace. Only if our country is at peace, will we be able to stand on equal footing with other countries in our region and across the world.feedback

Thu Wai

The government said these three groups would be accepted only if they announce that they will 'give up the policy of armed struggle.feedback

Pierre Peron

The overall humanitarian impact has been relatively low despite the earthquake's magnitude. No major needs have been identified and there has so far been no request for international assistance.feedback

Amanda George

We continue to provide assistance to injured people, but we don't see this as a major disaster.feedback

Susan Hough - U.S. Geological Survey

They're very quaint, but they don't withstand earthquakes very well.feedback

Moe Thidar Win - Myanmar Red Cross Society

Two young girls died when a pagoda collapsed on a river bank. One man died in a Pakokku tobacco factory when the roof collapsed on him.feedback

Vincent Panzani - Save the Children

Most of the reports of damage have been to the pagodas in the area with dozens impacted. There have also been reports of damage to smaller, more basic buildings including a collapsed wall and a destroyed roof. Several of our staff who have lived in this part of Myanmar their whole lives said it was the strongest earthquake they've ever felt.feedback

Stephen Green

The core assets that we operate in the Gulf of Thailand are a core part of Chevron's portfolio and we have intention of it remaining a core part of our portfolio. We are not leaving Thailand.feedback

Stephen Green

We are focusing our resources on our operated assets. We're happy to keep it if the market value of it is not what we think it should be.feedback

Aung Lynn

If the Chinese leaders bring up a specific issue like the controversial Myitsone mega-dam project, of course we'll explain to them what we've been doing.feedback

Aung Kyaw Htut - Myanmar Red Cross Society

We're mainly focusing on providing healthcare to the victims and ensuring their access to clean drinking water and non-food items.feedback

Tim Millar

There are a lot of villages, particularly across the delta, which have lost almost all of their agricultural land to land grabs.feedback

Sein Win

The land grabs were done by the (junta) government, with most of it going to the military, companies, government departments and ministries.feedback

Mya Tun Oo

The court martial found that they violated the rules, failing to follow certain procedures, that led to the death of the victims during the interrogation.feedback

Mya Tun Oo

Every soldier has to follow rules and regulations while investigating prisoners or detainees regardless of whether they are related to insurgents or regular citizens. The military would take action against the perpetrators according to the law. The military will take the best care and support of the victims' families.feedback

Zaw Aung

I feel like this time is very different from the previous five years I've attended this ceremony.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

She only wants to give orders. She is not interested in listening to those who have opinions other than her own. She has equated her own destiny to the destiny of the country.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

For the next generation, peace is the best legacy to pass on. Our country will develop only if it has peace.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

She is so different from what she was before. People are really questioning who she really is now.feedback

Tim Johnston - The International Crisis Group

It has got to be tempting for a woman with a huge to-do list to accumulate power in her own hands, to ignore the niceties of consultation and drive-through solutions: that would be a mistake in a brittle young democracy like Myanmar.feedback

Win Aung

The government and people have been trying hard for our country. We don't want anything that negatively affects our country's economy and our businesses. We are all putting so much energy in the country's transition period and we want encouragement instead of blame.feedback

Myint Maung

The censor board found 'Twilight Over Burma' can cause disunity among national races so they decided by vote that this film shouldn't be allowed for public showing.feedback

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