If next tenure is considered, responsibility must be assumed for those figures (2)

A hut seen in the Hlegue Township, Yangon Region

(1)

Mr. President… The development of a country is measured by the improvement of the lives of ordinary citizens in the country. The most important factor is how easy or hard the daily needs were reached.

Saying the country has development while the people are plunging deeper into poverty is neither consistent nor right. Moreover, it is an important duty of the government to improve the education and healthcare sectors.

In the last five years, the sustainability of the ordinary citizens is worrying. In my previous article, I contrasted the figures of basic food prices before and after you took office and I pointed out that the people can no longer bear the skyrocketing prices.

(2)

Furthermore, I will now highlight the increased prices of accommodation that is also one of the main contributors to the sufferings of the people. The country is falling into economic depression. People are leaving for other countries as the employment chances within the country are falling. In rural areas, it is hard to find workers for the farms as most of the young people leave their hometowns to find better employment chances.

For those people who cannot afford to go abroad, they go to urban areas to find jobs. There are many people that try to survive on any kind of job they can get in cities such as Yangon and Mandalay. As a result of migration, the populations in cities increased dramatically. In Yangon, population neared to 6 million, making it hard to find accommodations. In the last five years, the price for a place to live increases by manifolds.

(3)

House rental prices dramatically increased in the last five years. In October 2008 before U Thein Sein became president, the rental prices of an apartment in populated areas in Yangon such as Kamayut, Bahan and Sanchaung were around 200,000 Ks per month; however, it increased to more than 400,000 Ks in October 2015. During the last five years, house rental prices increased by two- to five-fold.

In outskirt areas such as South Dagon Township, the rental prices increased from 30,000 to 100,000 Ks per month.

For an ordinary company staff or civil servant who makes around 300,000 Ks per month, half of the earning is being used for accommodation charges. Moreover, the prices differ depending on the location, floors and size of the house. For an individual with 300,000 Ks monthly income, it is almost impossible to live in downtown area.

The real-estate prices also increased by two or threefold between 2010 and 2015. However, the prices are stable after October 2015 as the country is being watched closely on both politic and economy. Still, the prices do not dropped. The prices are stable only because people are watching any changes in the market and stopped selling or buying.

(4)

The government drafted projects to improve the outskirts of Yangon. New township projects were implemented but the accommodation problems of the people are not solved.

15 years ago, new township projects, including Dagon South and North and Seikkan townships, were implemented in order to improve the outskirts. In the new townships, the population ratio is only 5,000 persons per one square mile. That means the places are not populated. Due to poor access to water, electricity and infrastructures, population integration is low in those places and most of the places are free plots of land.

The government’s weaknesses, lack of transparency and corruption in building new townships led to public criticism. Moreover, failing to implement necessary transportation for the public contributed to making the townships under-populated.

(5)

Low-priced and normal-priced housing projects also failed to address the accommodation problems of the people. The actual prices of the so-called low-priced housing projects are high above the range that ordinary working people can afford. The per square foot price of the low-priced Ayaom and Yatana housing projects in Dagon Seikkan Township score around 100,000 Ks to 120,000, making the price of an apartment about 60to 70 million Ks. Therefore, it is not possible for ordinary people to even hope to buy a place to live.

Private businesspeople took the low-priced housing projects and make them normal-priced, increasing the actual price and making it around 20 million. As a result, the prices of apartments in various townships in Yangon jumped up. Therefore, an ordinary staff or civil servant can only dream of buying an apartment while they had to struggle to continue paying the rental prices.

To make matters worse, land confiscation and demolishing squatters spread across the country under the current government. No solutions were conducted to compensate the people for the problems.

(6)

The figures in the last five years are evidences of how much the accommodation prices burden the people. If the trends continue for another five years, no one will be able to bear the burden.

By looking at the real problems that people are facing every day, it is obvious to see the increased number of mobile phones and cars does not equal to improvement.

The living standard of the people can only be measure by how easy or difficult it is to meet daily needs. Under the current circumstances, the current figures do not favor the president running for another term. How will the president solve these figures that bloated in the last five years? If the next tenure is considered, responsibility must be assumed for those figures.

Selling prices and rental rates of land and apartments in respective townships (One hundred thousand kyats)

Real estate prices in October, 2008

No.    Township        Sale                Price        Rent (apartment)    Rate

1.     Hlaing            50′x50′ (Grant land)        1200        20′x45′            150,000

2.    Bahan            45′x120′ (Grant land)        8500        30′x45′            250,000

3.    Kamayut        45′x50′    (-)            4200        16′x60′            250,000

4.    Mayangone        60′x180′ (Ancestral land)    1200        12.5′x50′        100,000

5.    Sanchaung        24′x50′ (Grant land)        1700        25′x50′            200,000

6.    Yankin            30′x60′ (Grant land)        1500        18′x70′              80,000

7.    Thingangyun        47′x75′ (Grant land)        1000        30′x40′            200,000

8.    Thuwana        9,100 square feet (Grant land) 1900        30′x40′            100,000

9.    South Oakkalapa    40′x60′ (Grant land)        1800        40′x60′            150,000

10.    North Dagon        80′x60′ (-)              170        30′x50′              30,000

Real estate prices in October, 2010

No.    Township        Sale                Price        Rent (apartment)    Rate

1.     Hlaing            25′x50′                1500        15′x55′            200,000

2.    Bahan            30′x70′ (Grant land)        2300        30′x67′            600,000

3.    Kamayut        55′x45′    (Grant land)        6500        17′x70′            650,000

4.    Mayangone        50′x50′ (Grant land)        1200        750 square feet    150,000

5.    Sanchaung        50′x50′ (Grant land)        1500        16′x65′            400,000

6.    Yankin            70′x70′ (Grant land)        5500        22′x45′             300,000

7.    Thingangyun        80′x55′ (Grant land)        2300        30′x40′            300,000

8.    Thuwana        40′x90′ (Grant land)        2500        35′x70′            400,000

9.    South Oakkalapa    30′x80′ (Ancestral land)    1800        30′x50′            300,000

10.    North Dagon        30′x60′ (-)              600        30′x50′              30,000

Real estate prices in October, 2011

No.    Township        Sale                Price        Rent (apartment)    Rate

1.     Hlaing            85′x125′            3800        12.5′x50′        200,000

2.    Bahan            50′x100′ (Ancestral land)    6000        25′x50′            250,000

3.    Kamayut        60′x80′    (Grant land)        15000        17′x60′            680,000

4.    Mayangone        40′x70′ (Grant land)        4000        15′x65′            450,000

5.    Sanchaung        54′x140′ (Ancestral land)    5800        12.5′x50′        170,000

6.    Yankin            80′x60′ (Grant land)        2500        22′x45′             220,000

7.    Thingangyun        40′x60′ (Grant land)        1300        30′x40′            300,000

8.    Thuwana        80′x790′ (Grant land)        4800        12′x120′        350,000

9.    South Oakkalapa    70′x80′ (Grant land)        3500        17′x75′            400,000

10.    North Dagon        100′x100′ (Grant land)      900        30′x60′              50,000

Real estate prices in October, 2012

No.    Township        Sale                Price        Rent (apartment)    Rate

1.     Hlaing            60′x180′ (Grant land)        35000        30′x60′            270,000

2.    Bahan            80′x85′ (Ancestral land)    18000        17′x60′            350,000

3.    Kamayut        48′x120′ (Grant land)        10000        17′x60′            350,000

4.    Mayangone        100′x100′ (Grant land)    25000        15′x65′            450,000

5.    Sanchaung        70′x70′ (-)            13000        12.5′x50′        250,000

6.    Yankin            50′x100′ (Grant land)        16000        20′x60′             250,000

7.    Thingangyun        60′x120′ (Grant land)        18000        25′x60′            300,000

8.    Thuwana        58′x75′ (Grant land)        4200        18′x60′            400,000

9.    South Oakkalapa    65′x72′ (Grant land)        6000        32′x60′            400,000

10.    North Dagon        40′x200′ (Grant land)          1000        30′x60′              60,000

Real estate prices in October, 2013

No.    Township        Sale                Price        Rent (apartment)    Rate

1.     Hlaing            1.97 acres (two-storey BM)    45000        15′x47′            150,000

2.    Bahan            84′x114′ (two-storey RC)    70000        17′x64′            450,000

3.    Kamayut        120′x120′            15000 (US$)    15′x60′            350,000

4.    Mayangone        100′x120′ (Grant land)    30000        600 square feet    250,000

5.    Sanchaung        50′x120′ (three-storey RC)    18000        13′x80′            250,000

6.    Yankin            65′x100′ (one-storey RC)    22000        17′x75′             150,000

7.    Thingangyun        25′x50′                11000        12′x50′            100,000

8.    Thuwana        40′x60′ (Grant land)        7500        12.5′x50′        170,000

9.    South Oakkalapa    50′x80′ (Ancestral land)    14000        15′x45′            300,000

10.    North Dagon        50′x100′ (two-storey RC)    13000        30′x60′              80,000

Real estate prices in October, 2014

No.    Township            Rent (apartment)    Rate

1.    Sanchaung            12.5′x50′            300,000

2.    Kamayut            16′x58′                250,000

3.    Bagayar Road            30′x50′                600,000

4.    Hledan byroad            22.5′x46′             350,000

5.    Kyauktada (38th street)     12.5′x50′            600,000

No.    Township            Rent (building)    Rate

1.    Aung Yadana Garden        80′x80′            2,000,000

2.    Konemyint Avenue Road    50′x60′            2,000,000

3.    Parami Avenue Road        40′x60′            1,600,000

4.    Moekaung Road, Yankin    50′x50′            5,000,000

5.    Pyay Road             100′x75′        5,000,000    



Real estate prices in October, 2015

No.    Township        Sale                Price        Rent (apartment)    Rate

1.     Hlaing            70′x50′     (Ancestral land)    3200        18′x50′            900,000

2.    Bahan            70′x80′ (Grant land)        10000        25′x30′            700,000

3.    Kamayut        50′x100′ (Grant land)        20000        25′x50′            400,000

4.    Mayangone        30′x70′ (Grant land)        27050        15′x55′            200,000

5.    Sanchaung        25′x50′ (Ancestral land)    3600        20′x60′            400,000

6.    Yankin            62′x138′ (Grant land)        19500        1200 square feet    1,100,000

7.    Thingangyun        50′x70′                7800        15′x50′            250,000

8.    Thuwana        68′x60′ (Grant land)        6450        18′x55′            350,000

9.    South Oakkalapa    20′x60′ (Grant land)        4100        18′x54′            350,000

10.    North Dagon        120′x80′ (Grant land)        3000        40′x60′            100,000