[W]hy go to the huge trouble and expense of relocating thousands of officials to a remote mountainous region, when there is a well-established political infrastructure in the port city of Rangoon?Link. Fortune tellers, huh? Sounds like what you'd expect from the people that brought you gold-eyed cats. The Beeb even features the move in a photo gallery, which looks oddly like The Bridge on the River Kwai. Now I've got that crazy whistling stuck in my head. What were we talking about?
Information Minister Kyaw Hsan said the site of the new capital, near the town of Pyinmana, was a more strategic location for Burma's military rulers.
"It is centrally located, and has quick access to all parts of the country," he told reporters on Monday.
But analysts outside the country were unconvinced.
They said the real reason was probably still a mystery, but it was possible the country's hard-line military rulers were worried about foreign invasion, or wanted more control over ethnic minorities in the border regions, or were even following the advice of fortune tellers.
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