MP questions demolition of squatter houses

MP Kyaw Myo from the Yangon Region Parliament has raised questions over lack of action taken against an unknown gang that demolished squatter houses in the Anawrahtar Industrial Zone, Hlaingthaya Township, owned by Wah Wah Win Co.

The MP for Hlaingthaya Township Constituency-1 raised the question during a meeting between Union Parliament speaker Thura Shwe Mann and regional parliament representatives and social organisations at the office of Yangon Region government on Tuesday.

Kyaw Myo said a letter about the incident had been sent to the regional parliament speaker and chief minister but no action had been taken.

“We learned that no one has taken responsibility for the forced demolition of the squatter houses. I have also visited there,” said Kyaw Myo.

“We have laws. The problem must be solved according to that law. If the squatters are wrong, the problem should be solved that way. Anarchic acts are not good for the people. This is not the first time this has happened.”

An unknown gang of over 300 people holding swords and sticks demolished the squatter houses on the night of December 16, destroying and setting fire to the houses.

Yangon Region chief minister Myin Swe responded to the MP’s concerns.

“In some cases, we have to seek coordination with squatters. But in some cases, we have to take legal action when coordination is not possible. We are not acting lawlessly. In the Hlaingthaya issue, as stated by the MP, we would face a lawsuit if we acted unlawfully,” Chief Minister Myint Swe said.

“We deal with all cases in accordance with the law and with a view to ensure the rule of law.”