By Peter Olszewski
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Nothing. No response. After a minute I say, ‘And you? ’ ‘I am waiting for no-one,’ she replies. That’s it. End of conversation. She resumes staring, I resume reading. She gets up to go, riffles through her bag and fixes me with another stare. This time she’s obviously looking at me and when she has my attention she says, ‘She will come to you. ’ Then she glides out of the House of Joy. I’m curious so I walk to the front of the café, pretending to poke through a pile of magazines on a bench. I look out onto the street to see in which direction she’s heading, or if she’s getting into a car, but she’s nowhere to be seen.
She has seen you,’ Ye Myint told me. ‘I bring her to your office in the morning. She sit outside and she see you. ’ Ye Myint has suggested he bring the niece and the aunt to my apartment on a Sunday afternoon so we can talk. If the talks are satisfactory, then the aunt and Ye Myint will exit, leaving me alone with the girl. ‘You can try her,’ suggested Ye Myint. After the free trial the aunt would return and negotiations would begin about a satisfactory monthly fee. ‘Good price,’ assured Ye Myint.
So they authorised the launch of a new paper, The Myanmar Times and Business Weekly, part of a radical attempt to revamp the regime’s image. The move represents a daring and risky internal powerplay . . Khin Nyunt’s boys have not even bothered to apply to the ministry of information for a license. How are they getting away with that? By playing the old game of semantics. Thein Swe explains, ‘Only the ministry can approve a newspaper. So it will be a journal, not a paper . . ’ Remember, this is one of Khin Nyunt’s inner coterie talking about a key ministry, headed by a fellow general.