Myanmar government quashes rumors of fuel rationing cuts

Myanmar's ruling military, apparently wary of igniting another outbreak of mass demonstrations, tried to quash rumors Tuesday that fuel rations would be slashed in the face of rising global oil prices. A sudden hike in fuel prices last year led to protests that ballooned into anti-government street protests that were brutally crushed by the military. A report in the state-owned New Light of Myanmar on Tuesday said that rationing of gasoline, diesel and compressed natural gas will remain the same. As fuel prices increase worldwide, rumors have been rampant in Yangon that instead of increasing fuel prices, the government might reduce the ration for private-car owners to one gallon (3.8 liters) from two gallons (7.6 liters) a day.