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The BBC NEWS | Asia Pacific | Living under Burma's military regime
"It' s my whole fucking world. I don't like it here. I only survive one of these days after the other," said a sad Myanmar cabbie, stopping at another check point on the side of the road to give bribes. The price continues to rise and there is too little petrol and power. Living under military rule is anything but simple for most of Burmaans.
In recent month, the position has deteriorated significantly as a consequence of the government's choice to raise the wages of civil servants more than tenfold in some cases. This was a foreseeable outcome - the local population estimates that since April the price has risen by more than 30%, making it more difficult for the common man to make ends meet. However, this is not the case.
Save the Children's Burma head Andrew Kirkwood said that under five-year-olds are suffering from chronic undernourishment. However, the issues the Burmese face go much further than a shortage of cash. The differences between the allies of the dominant elites and the general public are enormous - a difference that pervades every facet of daily one.
You know someone who has influence, you can buy at the cost of the state. But if not, you have to go to the illegal trade, which is at least twice as high. It is priced at around $3,000 - far more than most human beings can afford. A normal person is only permitted two gallon (nine liters) a gallon a gallon a day at the cost of the administration - and even then, waiting in line can sometimes take hour.
Burmese military leaders are also present in other ways. For almost every facet of your career, a permit must be obtained. It is also an erratic regime and many peoples are in conflict with a policy that seems to be changing at will. This latest goverment action is an effort to plant walnut not only as a biofuel resource, but also because the government's soothsayers believe they will strengthen the military's might.