Funding shortfall delays Panglong park plan
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.