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September 22, 2019

Pyithu Hluttaw discusses two bills, land use of market and golf course

Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe.  Photo: MNA

The 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw 8th regular session held its eighth–day meeting yesterday morning, where the bill amending the Myanmar Red Cross Society Law was approved.
At the meeting, asterisk-marked questions were asked and answered, a motion and a bill tabled and a report read and explained.
In the question and answer session, Dr. U Saw Naing from South Okkalapa constituency asked if there is a plan to use part of the former central market site at the corner of Thitsar and Waizayantar Road in No. (8) Ward, South Okkalapa Township, as a township hall. Deputy Minister Rear Admiral Myint Nwe said the land in question is 5.245 acres in area and, according to the Yangon City Development Committee, City Planning & Land Administration Department record dated 14 September 2012, it is marked as land owned by the Ministry of Defence. As the Ministry of Defence had future plans for the Tatmadaw on that land, there is no plan to use part of this land as a township hall, said the Deputy Minister.
Replying to a question raised by U Nyan Hein of Thanbyuzayat constituency on a plan to release the military-owned Shwephyu Yadana golf course in Thanbyuzayat Township to the public, Deputy Minister for Rear Admiral Myint Nwe said the golf course is situated on land allocated for Infantry Regiment (31) and was constructed as a nine-hole golf course in 1981 jointly by the then-Thanbyuzayat Township People’s Council Chairman U Won Hrein, Commanding Officer, No. (31) Regiment and Second-in Command.
In 2005, the golf course was named Shwephyu Yadana Golf Course by Lt-Gen Maung Bo and had a fund of Ks6,964,600. It had a monthly income of Ks355,000 and expenses of Ks280,000 for five workers. The remaining income and funds were used to maintain the golf course and the duty of golf course chairman was assigned to U Hla Shwe, Assistant Director, Township Planning Department, Thanbyuzayat Township.
According to records, 95.25 acres were designated as a golf course area, but only 79.94 acres was being for Shwephyu Yadana Golf Course.

Although there had been a proposal to expand the golf course and increase funds for it by constructing a golf driving range, golf accessory shop, a restaurant and a clubhouse, the golf course is still listed as military land and constructing any commercial and public buildings would create an unnecessary security problem. As such, there is no plan to release the golf course or the land to the public, the Deputy Minister said.
Dr. Salai Rianville of Falam constituency then asked if there is a plan to upgrade Falam Township Valon Village sub-rural health centre to a Rural Health Centre. Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe replied that there is no such thing as Valon sub-rural health centre, and there is only Valon Village. A Rural Health Centre could not be designated directly to a village and there should be a sub-rural health centre first. There are six criteria in upgrading a sub-rural health centre to a rural health centre. Having a population of 3,000 to 5,000 is the main criteria. Valun Village only had a population of 656 with only 94 households. The head of the state health department also remarked that there is no requirement for a rural health centre in the village and thus the Union Minister explained that it will not be upgraded.
Questions posed by Daw Khin Hnin Thit of Padaung constituency, Dr. U Sein Mya Aye of Dala constituency and U Aung Kyaw Oo of Mongton constituency were also answered by Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe.
Next, U Sai Ngaung Hsai Hein of Maukmai constituency tabled a motion to implement in states and regions projects that support and increase Myanmar fruit production. After the Hluttaw decided to accept and discuss the motion, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat announced the Hluttaw was accepting the motion and called for interested Hluttaw representatives to enroll their names to discuss the motion.
Afterwards, Bill Committee Secretary U Kyaw Soe Lin submitted the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association Bill, and Bill Committee member U Par Htan read and explained the bill.

 

By Aye Aye Thant (MNA)

 

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