Magwe hluttaw unanimously rejects distillery reopening
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