Akyab, March 3
Akyab seaport jetty still damaged after last year’s cyclone
An Akyab seaport jetty, a main port
repair since it was damaged by last year's May 19 cyclone as the government
has neglected to repair it, said a businessmen from Akyab.
U Kyaw, a prominent businessman, said yesterday that there has been enough
time to rebuild the jetty, since the incident took place 10 months ago, but so
far the government does not have any plan to rebuild it.
"As the jetty was not constructed by the government, businessmen are forced to
spend at least 1 million Burmese Kyat in extra money for a day in the
transportations sector" U Kyaw said.
Since the government has neglected to repair the jetty, people have suffered
from the inconvenience of having to travel everywhere by ship, another town’s
person told Narinjara by phone.
25 percent of Arakanese people
still use jetty for traveling to
Pru, and Than Dwe from Akyab, and the loading and unloading of goods are
typically carried through this jetty.
The 608 feet jetty, located in downtown Akyab, was built by the British
government in 1844, during the
period of British rule in
An Arakanese prominent political leader from Akyab accused the government of
still using the divide and rule
policy for the ethnic people of
though the government always proclaims that it is working for the non-Burman
ethnic people of
Ministry, there is currently no development for ethnic people, only for the
Burmese military officials.
He also pointed out the damaged Akyab jetty, and questioned why the military
government does not want to rebuild it.
"It is proof that the government still used a policy of divide and rule for
the ethnic people of
The jetty was damaged last year in the May cyclone attack, where a number of
people were killed and many
properties were damaged in
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