Magwe hlut­taw unan­i­mously re­jects dis­tillery re­open­ing

The Myanmar Times - - News - NAY AUNG news­room@mm­

A PRO­POSAL to re­sume pro­duc­tion at the UKT dis­tillery, which was shut­tered in Magwe Re­gion’s Aunglan town­ship ear­lier this year, has been unan­i­mously re­jected by the re­gional hlut­taw.

The dis­tillery was or­dered to shut down its op­er­a­tions by the re­gional gov­ern­ment in June fol­low­ing re­quests from mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Res­i­dents in the sur­round­ing area had re­quested that pro­duc­tion be halted due to the foul odours and chem­i­cal pol­lu­tion em­a­nat­ing from the fac­tory, U Myint Zaw, re­gional min­is­ter for labour, im­mi­gra­tion and man­power, told the Magwe Re­gion Hlut­taw.

The dis­tillery was es­tab­lished more than 20 years ago at a time when few peo­ple lived in its vicin­ity, but to­day the area is more densely pop­u­lated.

An Oc­to­ber 6 pro­posal to al­low UKT op­er­a­tions to re­sume, which was sub­mit­ted by Magwe Re­gion Chief Min­is­ter U Aung Moe Nyo fol­low­ing a re­quest from the dis­tillery’s own­ers, was the first vote to take place un­der a new sit-or-stand vot­ing sys­tem in the re­gional leg­is­la­ture.

All MPs in at­ten­dance voted against the pro­posal.

Law­maker U Aye Kyaw (NLD; Aunglan 2), who sub­mit­ted the orig­i­nal pro­posal to have the dis­tillery closed, said of the vote, “I sus­pect that some pres­sure may have been ap­plied to the chief min­is­ter on this is­sue given that he has the power to make the de­ci­sion [on whether to re­open the dis­tillery] and did not need to seek the hlut­taw’s per­mis­sion on this mat­ter again.” – Trans­la­tion by Emoon

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