High Timber Tax Deters Home Construction
Illegal high taxes imposed by Burmese military personnel, police, and forestry officers in Arakan State on timber and bamboo, on both wholesale producers and private re-sale buyers is have left the latter facing difficulties in building or repairing their homes.
According to a resident of Ponna Kyunt, troops from Light
Infantry Battalion 539, stationed at the
It does not matter whether these people have a permit to transport the building materials from the Forestry Department or not - soldiers at the checkpoint make everyone pay the toll.
Wholesale traders have to pay many hundreds of thousands of kyat to get the permit in the first place, and with army tolls on top, the prices of building materials are sky-high, reports the villager.
He says, "I paid 3000 kyats to the Forestry Department at Yoe Ta Yoat, for my new house."
Before 1988, there are only three battalions
of the Burmese Army in