What hasn’t been reported is that the military now has a virtual economic monopoly on all the country’s economic resources and key industries.
For all practical intents and purposes a small and concentrated number of generals are lords of all they survey – very much like feudal lords – as far as the economy of the country is concerned.
The wider engagement with the international community and the trade deals that are expected to flow out of this will not weaken the military’s power base.
It will do the exact opposite.
And if the NLD challenges this too strongly – it can expect to see itself unceremoniously deposed – just like last time.
But the issue that concerns me the most is the situation of the Rohingya community in Myanmar.
They are the largest and most visible Muslim community in the country – at around 1.3 million people from a total population in the country of 51.5 million.
They have been progressively marginalized and excluded from society by a succession of regimes – civilian and military – ever since independence in 1948.
As a result as many as half of the total Rohingya in the world today are refugees in neighboring countries – in camps in Bangladesh Malaysia India – or captured as slaves in the Thai slave trade.This year’s South East Asian migration crisis was predominantly the movement of the Rohingya trying to escape from Myanmar – where since 2012 they have been under recurring physical attack from neighbouring Buddhist extremist groups in the country – and to some extent from various factions and groups within Myanmar’s police – border security and military agencies.(cont..)