Bronze statue of Gen­eral Aung San to be erected in cap­i­tal

The Myanmar Times - - News - – Htoo Thant

A BRONZE statue of Gen­eral Aung San will be erected in the na­tion’s ad­min­is­tra­tive cap­i­tal, the head of the com­mit­tee tasked to su­per­vise the con­struc­tion told The Myan­mar Times.

There has been a strong pub­lic clam­our for the statue of the coun­try’s na­tional hero to be erected in the cap­i­tal and the par­lia­ment voted to carry out the cit­i­zen’s wishes, said U Min Thu, chair of the newly formed Bo­gyoke Statue Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee of the Union Ter­ri­tory.

The statue will be built in Nay Pyi Taw’s most prom­i­nent in­ter­sec­tion, the Tha Pyay Gone round­about. It will be at least 18 feet tall, and con­struc­tion will take six months min­i­mum.

“It is not yet con­firmed, but it will not be smaller than 18 feet,” U Min Thu said. “It will be an eques­trian statue and will be built grad­u­ally,” he said.

The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee in charge of su­per­vis­ing the con­struc­tion now com­prised 23 mem­bers:

“All of the Hlut­taw MPs from here [Nay Pyi Taw] will be in­cluded in the com­mit­tee. We are con­tact­ing U Hla Htay Win [Pyithu Hlut­taw MP of Zey­athiri constituency and USDP mem­ber], but we haven’t reached him as of now,” said U Min Thu.

The main fund­ing for the bronze Bo­gyoke statue will come from lo­cal cit­i­zens’ do­na­tions, he added.

Un­der the Na­tional League for Democ­racy-led govern­ment, bronze stat­ues of Bo­gyoke Aung San were al­ready erected in Lewe and Tatkone, Nay Pyi Taw coun­cil area. Some space was freed for the bronze Bo­gyoke statue in Py­in­mana by cut­ting down trees.

Photo: Pyae Thet Phyo

The site cho­sen for the Bo­gyoke statue in Nay Pyi Taw.

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