The head of Myanmar's information agency has lauded Malaysia's stand to reject calls for economic sanctions on his country.
News and Periodicals Enterprise Managing Director Soe Win said such sanctions would not work as Myanmar has many resources.
"Most of the Western media fabricate news about us, getting information from undesirable elements," he told Bernama in Nanning, China today.
Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said in New York yesterday that Malaysia did not believe in imposing economic sanctions on Myanmar as they would usually hurt ordinary citizens.
The minister was commenting on calls by certain countries that economic sanctions be effected against Myanmar for alleged human rights abuses and its relatively slow process towards democracy.
Soe Win said Myanmar had worked to improve living standards of its people.
"Seeing is believing... some European groups which came to Myanmar could see that the people are okay," he said.
He is in Nanning to attend the Third China-Asean Media Cooperation Seminar and Interview Tour which began last Saturday.
The News and Periodicals Enterprise is one of the five departments under Myanmar's Information Ministry.
Besides publishing three dailies, including The New Light of Myanmar in English, it also runs two news agencies reporting news on Myanmar.