Zaw Moe Oo
The government is planning to develop a quality fish-auction market as Japan helps draw up a masterplan for the development of Myeik town in Taninthayi Region, said Region Chief Minister Dr Le Le Maw.
The chief minister revealed the plan in a recent meeting with local people and departmental organisations in Myeik after local residents criticised the government for attempting to launch a new fish-auction market. Locals suggested the government instead provide assistance to the existing international fish-auction market.
Myanmar Investment Commission has approved an investment of US$70 million toward the international fish auction market but there have been delays in the transfer of money.
“I am sorry,” the chief minister told local residents and department staff.
“We called a meeting to discuss creating a legitimate fish-auction market. What we are doing now tends not to be in conformity with the law. Whatever we do, we must act within the framework of the law. You all know about the 2008 constitution. We cannot do anything if we do not act in line with the constitution,” said the chief minister.
Local people are reportedly accusing the regional government of favouring some areas of the region and of creating a personality cult in attempting to open fish markets in Thayatchaung Township despite a lack of water resources and near the Myeik Air Base Headquarters.
The chief minister rejected the accusation.
“We are drawing up a masterplan in collaboration with the Japanese government,” he said.
“It is a separate masterplan for Myeik region. I want to urge you to be united in serving others,” said Le Le Maw.
Htay Htay Win, managing director of the international fish auction market, said all the procedures should be fair and square.
“Without being able to ensure the success of the existing fish market, why are they steadfastly trying to build another market in Thayatchaung Township?” asked Htay Htay Win.
“Will it be a legitimate market? Will another market to be opened near Myeik Air Base Headquarters be legitimate? A good government would seek a solution to the problem instead of avoiding it.”
If the existing market got the permission to remit US$20 million (27.1 billion kyat) that is said to be delayed, they would be able to address the problems, he said. Another $40 million to is supposed to be transferred, he added.
The international fish auction market in Myeik is already equipped with a jetty, cold storage and offices. But there are delays in operating the market due to policy changes.
Vice President Henry Van Thio is to on January 25 visit the international fish market and the site near the air base headquarters where another market will be built.