Night market plan in Shan Palace stirs backlash
A group of 61 MPs have launched a petition against the government’s plan to install a twice-weekly night market at the Nyaung Shwe (Yawnghwe) Palace site.
PLANS to host a night market in the palace of Sao Shwe Thaik, the last of the saophas and first president of post-independence Burma, have hit a snag, with Shan MPs rallying against the idea.
A group of MPs have launched a petition against the Union government’s plan for the Nyaung Shwe (Yawnghwe) Palace site.
The petition was signed by 61 lawmakers, who will submit it to the government including the head of the Shan State parliament, the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy, and the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
The letter was formally submitted on November 1, but no reply has been received as yet, SNLD (Theinni 1) MP Daw Nan Khin Htar Yee told The Myanmar Times.
“We made complaints against the plan since September, but there has been no reply. We will wait and see,” she said.
The plan to open a night market as a tourism initiative has received very little support from the local community.
Sao Haymar Htaike, the daughter of Sao Shwe Thaike, has been lobbying the government for ownership of the family palace to be returned.
Hotels and Tourism Minister U Ohn Myint told the lower house on September 7 that the plan had been to hold a night market in the historic palace two nights per week. He said the funds raised would support the palace’s restoration and preservation, but added that the plan was in its early stages.
Ko Moe from the Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability told The Myanmar Times that he did not support the plan. He said the site is imbued with a great significance for ethnic Shan people.
“The palace has many meanings. Every window and ladder has meaning. We don’t want to see this historic place become a bustling area,” he said.