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