MPs to take Paung Laung fight to parliament
MPs representing constituencies in the nation’s capital have taken up the case of Paung Laung Stadium, and will raise the matter in both the upper and lower houses, Pyinmana representative U Than Soe Aung has said.
Football fans and local residents have complained for years over the Nay Pyi Taw ground’s controversial status.
“The Nay Pyi Taw Council Speaker and I have written to the president. Since we have received no response, we will pursue the matter in both houses of parliament, and have already prepared our questions,” he said yesterday.
U Than Soe (NLD; Pyinmana) will raise the question in Pyithu Hluttaw, and U Kyaw Myint Oo (NLD; Mandalay 10) will take it up in the Amyotha Hluttaw, in the expectation that the government will respond to one or other of the questions.
The MPs’ goal is to have the playing grounds returned for the use of local people.
In 2011, then-sports minister U Tint San decided to rent the stadium to Nay Pyi Taw FC, which was owned by his son, Phyo Ko Ko Tint San, for 30 years at K3 million a month, with the first three years rent-free.
Nay Pyi Taw FC then renovated the stadium and changed the name to Nay Pyi Taw FC Stadium. At a ceremony to reopen the stadium, Phyo Ko Ko Tint San promised that township-level football matches would still be able to take place.
But members of the committee’s supervisory committee say they were never consulted over the deal, and after it was signed local football teams have not been allowed to play at the stadium.
The stadium was built in 1973 by a voluntary alliance of soldiers, students and monks, and was publicly owned until the sport ministry took it over. The townspeople have been trying to get it back ever since.
Nay Pyi Taw council agreed to restore the stadium in April 2014, but no follow-up action was taken.
“It’s a public field created with money and effort from members of the public, including soldiers and students. The Ministry of Sport made no contribution. Outstanding footballers have played here, and the town elders have always supported it,” said U Than Soe Aung.
“Nay Pyi Taw FC still owns it. Under the contract, the association must be developed, but no such development has taken place,” he added.
Nay Pyi Taw FC finished this past season in third place in Myanmar National League-2, with 45 points for 21 games played.
– Translation by Emoon