Extortion from car owners as Burmese junta fail to repair roads
Sittwe, 14th August 03: The roads in Sittwe, the capital of the western Burmese state of Rakhine, have become unfit for use by motor vehicles as the heavy monsoons have washed them away, damaging very badly.
In a bid to collect the fund for the maintenance work the commander has ordered the Municipality to collect kyat 10,000 as parking tax, and kyat 10,000 as wheel-running tax annually from each of the owners of the motor vehicles.
Though regular road taxes, licence renewal taxes and bribes are realized from the owners of the automobiles the new taxes are but plain extortions, the source said.
While western commander Brigadier Gen. Maung Oo came to see the maintenance work on progress at