CONFISCATED ISLAND LEASED FOR SHRIMP FARM BY THE JUNTA
Sittwe, 12th December 01: An island which had been used by the nearby villagers for growing firewood and raising fish for community needs at the mouth of the Mayu river in Rakhine State has been leased to a Muslim businessman by the State Peace and Development Council junta of Myanmar, according to our correspondent from Sittwe.
From the year 1999, the island has regularly been leased to the highest bidder. This time the highest bidder was, Hla Myint, a Muslim from Buthidaung, who got lease of the island for the year of 2002 by paying 17.5 million kyat to the SPDC coiffure in November this year. Hla Myint has also received the permit for carrying goods between Buthidaung and Maungdaw from Military Intelligence 18. The island has since been sealed off and no firewood collection and fishing is allowed to the people of the nearly one hundred nearby villages who have been using the natural resources of the island from time immemorial, and the suffering of these riverside villages now know no bounds.
The SPDC export the shrimp grown in the confiscated public-owned shrimp fields of