Py­in­mana Aung San statue still un­der­go­ing re­vamp

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­ – Trans­la­tion by Emoon

PY­IN­MANA town­ship el­ders are still re­fur­bish­ing an Aung San statue which was en­trusted to them in July, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial from the town­ship’s de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee.

Af­ter the el­ders fin­ish with their work, they will hand the statue of the fa­mous gen­eral over to the Py­in­mana com­mit­tee, which will carry out long-term con­ser­va­tion work un­der the guid­ance of Nay Pyi Taw City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, said U Min Min Aung, an of­fi­cial from Py­in­mana Town­ship De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee.

The bronze statue is be­ing re­stored with money do­nated by the el­ders, Pyithu Hlut­taw MP U Than Soe Aung (NLD; Py­in­mana) told The Myan­mar Times in July.

The el­ders do­nated about K13 mil­lion for the up­grades be­fore Mar­tyrs’ Day on July 19.

“They have not yet of­fi­cially en­trusted us with it,” U Min Min Aung said. “They have said they will en­trust it to us af­ter the re­fur­bish­ment. We will un­der­take the sub­se­quent re­spon­si­bil­ity. It has not yet been trans­ferred to us through of­fi­cial doc­u­ments.”

The Aung San statue’s park in Py­in­mana city is sur­rounded by steel col­umns and lit with elec­tric bulbs. The statue was do­nated on In­de­pen­dence Day on Jan­uary 4, 1969, by sculp­tor U Htwe and Daw Nu’s fam­ily, who lived in Man­dalay Re­gion. It was cast in 1948 and 1949.

“We will sub­mit to the head [of Nay Pyi Taw City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee] for the nec­es­sary con­ser­va­tion bud­get if it is re­quired,” said U Min Min Aung. “Then, the head will give di­rec­tion when­ever it is nec­es­sary. The money will be used with their ap­proval. So far, that has not been ar­ranged be­cause we have not been en­trusted with the statue.”

Photo: Swan Ye Htut

Py­in­mana de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee of­fi­cial U Min Min Aung speaks in front of the town’s Aung San statue.

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