Land conflicts may impact 2015 political trend says MP

The impact of land conflicts on 2015 political trend may grow larger, said Lower House MP Khaing Maung Yi to Daily Eleven.

Khaing Maung Yi is also a member of the Parliament’s Farmland Investigation Commission tasked for scrutinising land-grabbed cases.

“Of course [the officials] are aware of the problems. [We] should not take leisure at solving them as they can grow large by time that may sour the optimism of the political trend,” he said before adding that the land conflicts were happening nationwide and therefore could have great impact on the 2015 political activities.

The commission’s report to the Parliament mentioned that some governmental departments have seized more farmlands than required and taken advantage by renting them back.

“Anyone with ill intention can easily make the circumstances bitter. The situation of our country is that fragile,” Khaing Maung Yi continued.

It is hard to identify the instigator of a conflict, and without cautious moves, it will produce a greater clash especially in times of 2015 general election, the MP added.

The government has already given back 302,201 acres of land but about half of them are not yet received by their owners, according to proclamation of Land Utilization Management Central Committee in December 2014.

Complaints flied to the Parliament as these lands have not been returned straight to their sole owners.

The parliamentary speaker Thura Shwe Mann said the land conflicts should be resolved during the tenure of ruling government.