THE PEOPLE OF 2004
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THE PEOPLE OF 2004


By The Irrawaddy DECEMBER, 2004 - VOLUME 12 NO.11


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The Society is non-profitmaking, non-governmental, and apolitical.

 

Today the FFSS has over 80 members, and it finances 20-25 funerals daily— between 13 and 17 percent of Rangoon’s funerals. It has a fleet of 10 hearses and a monthly funeral bill of 7.5 million kyat (US $7,400).

 

Media Commentator________________________________

Amyotheryei Win Naing

 

Amyotheryei Win NaingWin Naing lives in Rangoon yet comments for foreign-based radio stations on political events within Burma. He also writes for regional publications such as the Bangkok Post and The Irrawaddy.

 

Burmese short-wave radio stations based abroad interview him whenever political stories break within the country.

 

His commentaries are often critical of the regime, which isn’t shy to jail anyone who speaks out too loudly. Those who know Win Naing say he has the ability to deal with the media. Some accuse him of opportunism.

 

Win Naing is also active on the political scene, and currently leads the National Politicians Group (Myanmar), which is urging the junta to adopt political reforms and release political prisoners.

 

Win Naing worked for the banned Democracy Party in its foreign department and information department from 1988. In the early 1990s he was a political advisor to American Embassy.



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