When the construction site he worked at was forced to close due to COVID-19 restrictions in September, construction worker U Aung Khant had to take out loans to feed his family. (Hkun Lat | Frontier)
Since health authorities introduced stay-at-home orders for Yangon in September, informal workers and small business owners have faced a grim struggle to make ends meet amid a lack of government assistance.
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Since health authorities introduced stay-at-home orders for Yangon in September, informal workers and small business owners have faced a grim struggle to make ends meet amid a lack of government assistance.
Five years ago, a group of architects, historians, businesspeople and others banded together to form the Yangon Heritage Trust in a last-ditch attempt to preserve Yangon’s unique character. While the initial aim was to save the city’s heritage buildings, which were in danger of being torn down, the group’s focus has since expanded to broader questions of urban development.
An apparent reluctance by speakers in the NLD-dominated Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to allow debate on a range of issues has fuelled accusations that the parliament is failing to act as an effective check and balance on the government.

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