Monday, November 07, 2005

Burma's New Capital



Burma now has a new capital city. Say good morning to Pyinmana. It's not as if Yangon is about to die out, or like Seoul, too much of a homogenous country is focused on one single city. Then why is Burma relocating its capital city?

According to the BBC: "The authorities have chosen Pyinmana because it is centrally located and has quick access to all parts of the country," Brig Gen Kyaw Hsan said.

It makes sense doesn't it! A government that cares so much about its citizens that it literally want to be 'closer' to everyone. But the government has apparently been planning this for quite some time, some calling it a 'pet project'. Alas, we all suspect that its only a step deeper into a trench already well-dug by the Burmese military junta. The FT revealed it intriguingly: "Foreign diplomats and international aid workers said the move suggested the military junta was retreating into a physical bunker."

What about the new capital?
Name:
Pyinmana
Location: 600 klicks north of Yangon.
Sights: A 10 sq.km. large governmental complex. I wonder if this is like a Pyongyang, but without any locals?

Next Capital: Somewhere on the dark side of the moon (see you there, Pink).

1 comment:

city said...

At last the (so called) civilised world seems to be picking up on an issue that some of us have been denouncing for years, namely the plight of the Burmese people, in particular the opposition National League for Democracy, and further the illegal detention of Aung San Suu Kyi. Alas, a country without oil or other plunderable resources seems to warrant little attention (this is not a modern phenomenon) and our global society seems condemned to repeat the mistakes of history. The only people who appear to speak out against such atrocities are the artists and activists. Our friends Pig have uploaded a song in support of burma and its people to their myspace page http://www.myspace.com/1933 its dedicated to all those in favour of humanity and respect for people you may never know. jimmy