Saturday, October 22, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Yangon MP calls for new Aung San monument

A memorial monument to Bogyoke Aung San should be built in People’s Park in Yangon, representative for Thingangyun U Kyaw told the Yangon Region Hluttaw on September 27.

Acknowledging that there was already a statue of Bogyoke Aung San in Yangon, U Kyaw said the People’s Park statue would be an appropriate sign of respect for the independence leader and would be close to the Yangon Region Hluttaw and Shwedagon Pagoda.

“As far as I know foreign countries also regularly build statues of their leaders in public areas,” he said.

The Bogyoke Aung San statue on Natmauk Road is about 8 feet (2.4 metres) high and was commissioned in 1956 by Dr Ba Oo, a former president, and made by several renowned artists.

Yangon Mayor U Hla Myint said while he welcomed the proposal he believes it should be submitted to the national government for approval.

He said there were many public areas named after Bogyoke Aung San throughout the country and thought should be given to whether more monuments were appropriate.

“It should be considered by the Union Government; we will submit this to the union level,” he said.

Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe said Revolutionary Park, near the People’s Park and Shwedagon Pagoda, would be an appropriate site for the statue, as it was where Bogyoke Aung San gave a famous speech to the Burma Independence Army in 1945.

“We should consider where [the statue] should be [located] and the Union government should also think about it,” he said.