Fund­ing short­fall de­lays Pan­g­long park plan

The Myanmar Times - - News - MAUNG ZAW maungzaw@mm­times.com

FUR­THER fund­ing will be re­quired if a new Bo­gyoke Aung San statue is to be erected in the Danu self-ad­min­is­tered zone, say lo­cal res­i­dents, as bud­get con­straints have de­layed con­struc­tion of a mon­u­ment in hon­our of the orig­i­nal and the up­com­ing Pan­g­long con­fer­ences on eth­nic unity.

Na­tional League for Democ­racy rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Pin­daya town­ship U Myint Lwin told The Myan­mar Times that au­thor­i­ties are cur­rently look­ing to so­lu­tions to a fund­ing short­fall for the memo­rial in Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Park.

“Although the park is fin­ished, money is needed to set up a Bo­gyoke statue and Pan­g­long mon­u­ment. Now we are dis­cussing where we can get the money,” he said.

The 2-acre Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Park opened on June 16, and boasts some 800 dif­fer­ent types of tree and flower.

The new park is a point of pride for res­i­dents of Pin­daya town­ship, U Myint Lwin said. Lo­cal res­i­dents say they will per­son­ally con­trib­ute to en­sure that the park re­ceives its fin­ish­ing touches.

“In Myan­mar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Park has not ex­isted in the past. Now it is sit­u­ated in our town. We are very glad,” said Pin­daya res­i­dent Ko Kyaw San Lwin. “Do­na­tion money will be col­lected from the res­i­dents to build the statue. We are dis­cussing [this strat­egy] with young peo­ple.”

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Park is lo­cated be­side the road be­tween Pin­daya and Yat­sauk. It was opened un­der the aus­pices of the Forestry Depart­ment and the Land Record Depart­ment.

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