Suu Kyi courts investment for strife-torn Rakhine state

NGAPALI, Myanmar (AFP) – Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi touted Rakhine state’s “untapped” economic potential to investors yesterday, but glossed over violence that has scorched the area – most recently claiming the life of an 18-year-old civilian. Rakhine, a vast stretch of arable land covering Myanmar’s western flank, with off-shore oil and gas deposits and a long coastline, is also one of the country’s poorest states. It has been scored by ethnic conflict, especially in its restive northern region closest to Bangladesh. More details in Weekend’s Borneo Bulletin