The newspaper’s 40-odd staff were reportedly stunned by the announcement on Monday morning. Its offices and equipment were almost deserted by noon. Editor-in-Chief Thiha Saw says, “We we need to restructure our business model.”
Two Rohingya political parties issued a plea to the government last Friday not to be categorised as “other” in the upcoming census, claiming they are “bona fide citizens” and entitled to be recognised as an ethnic minority group in Burma.
Although it’s well understood that additional services may be provided at massage parlors and karaoke bars, most managers and staff will vehemently deny the fact when a health worker comes knocking on the door.
Just one year ago, Burma was a purely cash economy: there were no ATMs and international credit cards were not generally accepted. Now VISA and MasterCard are leading the way in; but infrastructure in Burma is still a setback.