Friday, February 12, 2010

Three More Townships Added in Arakan

2/12/2010

Sittwe: The Burmese military junta has added three more townships in Arakan State in order to facilitate easier administration of the areas by the authority, reports a government source.

The three townships are Kyintali, Ma Ei, and Taungbro-Left. Kyintali and Ma Ei are located in Thandwe District in southern Arakan, while Taungbro-Left is in Maungdaw District on the western border.

In Arakan State, there were previously 17 township for the 3.5 million people who lived in the state.

According to a government report, Arakan State is now comprised of 20 townships in four districts - Sittwe, Kyauk Pru, Thandwe, and Maungdaw. The area of Arakan State measures 14,200 square miles and has 380 miles of coastline.

A businessman from Taungup who recently arrived in the Bangladesh border town Teknaf said, "I heard Ma Ei Village was promoted to township status but there are no government buildings for administration by government officials as in other townships. However, Arakanese enjoy the extension of three townships in our state."

Ma Ei is located between Thandaw and Taungup Townships and is situated along the Kyauk Pru - Rangoon motor road.

A local source says that the Burmese military junta is using the addition of townships as propaganda to organize Arakanese people, claiming as an accomplishment that it established three townships during its tenure from 1988 to 2010.

However, the authority does not report on its own failure to develop the state in any other way. Under the current military regime, hundreds of thousands of Arakanese people have fled to neighboring countries because of the economic crisis and human rights violations perpetrated by the government.

Ref: Narinjara 

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