Monday, November 07, 2005
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?
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).
Posted by SAP at 10:10 PM