Burma: Military Spending ChalIenged in Parliament

Written by Aye Nai, this write-up was published 19 February 2013 by Democratic Voice of Burma, an independent Burmese media organisation.

“Burma’s notorious armed forces will continue to receive the largest portion of next year’s national budget, despite criticisms from a number of MPs over the lack of transparency in the ministry’s expenditures and policies.

The defence ministry has been allocated 20.86 percent – or over one fifth – of the national budget for the fiscal year 2013-2014, which is currently being debated in parliament. It represents an incremental decrease from the previous year, when it received around one quarter of the national budget.” Read more…