Growing demand for electricity in homes leading to frequent power outages, Thanbyuzayat Township

November 10, 2017

HURFOM: Locals in Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State are increasingly using electricity, leading to frequent power outages as the local grid is unable to cope with the growing demand. The issue is exacerbated by the already low voltage output of the Mon State Ministry of Electricity and Energy’s local generator. Read more

Agents charge high fees as Mawlamyine Passport Office inundated with applications

November 1, 2017

According to passport applicants, applying for a passport at theMawlamyine Passport Office in Mon State can cost anywhere from 26,000 kyat (US $19) to 200,000 (US $147) kyat in order to receive their documents.

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Attempted Rape of 13-year-old girl in Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State

October 24, 2017

HURFOM: On October 9th 2017, it was reported that a 26-year-old daily worker Maung T— from Htan Pin Gyi Chaung (Wae Ka Poke) village, Paung Township, Mon State, had attempted to rape a 13-year-old named Mi H— who lives in K— Ward, Pa Nga village, Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State. Read more

Mon State Chief Minister sets deadline for EMP reports for rubber industry

October 20, 2017

HURFOM: According to the Mon State Chief Minister Dr. Aye Zan, October 31st 2017 is the final deadline for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) related to the rubber industry to submit their Environmental Management Plan (EMP) reports. The chief minister set the deadline after the Mon State government met with several SME owners on October 9th 2017. Read more

Locals accuse former village headman in Thanbyuzayat of vote manipulation and electoral fraud

October 20, 2017

HURFOM: On October 15th 2017, a local election for village headman was held in Karotepi village, Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State, and local villagers have accused the former village headman, Nai Cartoon, with interfering in the election process in order to ensure the election of his party’s successor. Read more

Money makes big crimes small, as corruption in the police and judiciary rampant in Mon State

October 11, 2017

HURFOM Serious crimes such as those related to the drug trade can be reduced or dismissed by bribing authorities with a small fortune, according to a local in southern Ye Township, Mon State.

The police arrested my nephew for having seven pills of methamphetamine. [But] he is just a real user, [not a trafficker]. They had to bribe the doctor who did the urine drug test in order to make the test negative. As the police and the doctor were working in cooperation, [they had to bribe them] more than 1.5 million kyat (US $1,110.98). The crime of using drugs can be dismissed like this,” said Nai O— from R Ru Tong village, southern Ye Township, Mon State. Read more

Local economy taking a hit as rumors about Muslim migration continue to swirl, say locals in Ye Township

September 26, 2017

Locals in coastal areas of Ye Township are reporting that the rampant rumors and fake news spreading on social media surrounding the illegal immigration of Muslims and potential terrorist attacks in Mon State are hurting tourism and the local economy. Villagers report that most of the restaurants in Kabyarwa Beach — located 27 km from Ye City in southern Mon State — are closed due to the lack of visitors. Read more

Villagers protest dismissal of administrator

September 25, 2017

On September 21st 2017, locals organized two protests in HmameKaNane village and Mawlamyine in Mon Stateto voice their displeasure over the dismissal of HmameKaNane village administrator U Aung Ko from his position.Protesters areunhappy with the authority’s decision to fire U Aung Ko, citing a lack of due process.

There was no proper investigation. [Our administrator] was dismissed after a member of parliament submitted a proposal. We are not satisfied[with the process], so we’ve organized protests,” said Daw Than Aye, a local protester.

U Aung Ko’s dismissal came after Mon State Member of Parliament (MP) Daw Mya Thein Gee Maw (Mudon) proposed the termination of his duties, accusing him of corruption,selling public land for his own profit, and holding a bias. Protesters from Hmame Ka Nane village disagree with the MP’s accusations and want justice for their administrator.

People don’t know exactly why [the administrator] was dismissed. If there is a report that the administrator abused public land and was involved in corruption, there must be an investigation at the ground level. Removing an administrator without any proper investigation is just an abuse,” said U Maung Aye, a resident of HmameKaNane village.

Village Administrator U Aung Ko said he received the letter of dismissal on September 14th 2017, but did not know why he was removed from his position.

I had to sign warning letters two times in the presence of the township administrator. The first time was for that I was weak in performing my duties and the second time was for that I yelled at a villager who accused me of having a bias when providing development funds to villagers,” said U Aung Ko.

However, in response U Myint Than Win, Office Director of the Mon State Government, said after receiving a proposal from MP Daw Mya Thein Gee Maw to take action on HmameKaNane Administrator U Aung Ko, he instructed the district administrator to conduct an investigation and submit a report. According to U Myint Than Win, it was found that HmameKaNane Administrator U Aung Ko did not respect his colleagues in the Mon State Parliament, performed weakly in his duties, showed little cooperation with villagers and prominent persons in the village, and had many complaint letters filed against him. Therefore, the district administrator had reported that U Aung Ko was unfit for his position.

We can’t dismiss a village administrator as we wish. We have been investigating the HmameKaNane case for a long time,” said U Myint Than Win.

Since Mon State Chief Minister Dr. Aye Zan took office earlier this year, ten village administrators have been investigated for alleged misconduct. Eight of them have already been dismissed and two are still under investigation.

Farmers upset as Burma Army destroys rubber plantations on previously confiscated lands

September 15, 2017

Farmers in Jone Paw village near Ye City, Ye Township, Mon State are upset that Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) #586 has been clearing confiscated rubber plantations and selling the wood. According to reports, four plantations have already been destroyed.

The military cut the trees and sold them without any notification to the owners. The military said that they cut the plants as they were no longer productive, but all my plants are good. They have already cut 1,000 plants from my farm,” said Daw Ngwe Pin, a local rubber farmer. Read more

Attempted rape of 11-year-old girl in Ye City

September 15, 2017

On August 26th 2017, a 17-year-old man attempted to rape an 11-year-old school girl in the An Na War Quarter of Ye City, Ye Township, Mon State. The girl’s grandmother reported the case to the Ye City Police the next day.

On the evening of the incident, the girl’s grandparents were sleeping in their bedroom, while their son, their 12-year-old grandson, and the 11-year-old girl were sleeping in the front of the house. The grandmother was awoken when her brother living in the house next to them began shouting her name around 1 am in the morning. Upon rising the grandmother saw the door to the house was open. The grandmother then heard shouting from her granddaughter and exited the house to find the girl outside without any pants. Read more

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