Force labour for construction Ngapali Sea beach tourism complex
Sandoway, Dec 16: Large number of valuable
timber trees were being felled for the construction of tourism complex,
in Ngapali sea beach of Sandoway in Arakan state, by the military
headquarters of western command of Burma and locals were being used
as unpaid forced labour, a report said.
It is learnt that the military personnel were also building permanent
quarters inside the reserve forest, at Khamong village of Talaing
daung village track under the Ann Township, to extract valuable
woods from these reserve forest.
The villagers were being used for forced labour for various works
like construction of houses, locating of specific trees and logging
them without any payments.
One victim said, not only do the villagers have to supply their
physical labour free of cost but also have to provide buffaloes.
" We are being forced by the military personnel,” said
a villager of Khamong. The villagers not only have to work without
any payments but they even have to manage food and water on their
Force labourer for logging was being extracted from the following
villages: Kalaing daung, Khamong, Mhroy, Raymathin and two other
Chin tribal villagers Hang Royk and Pathagrow under the Ann township.
The SPDC and the military junta are in a hurry to build complexes
to attract foreign tourists at Ngapali seaside. They are using country’s
natural resources, valuable timber and force labourer, to execute
It is should be mentioned that at Ann township price of a ton of
wood is Kyat 1,50,000, 4,00,000 in Sittwe and 2,00,000 in Sandoway,
a Timber merchant told the reporter.