U Henry Van Thio, Vice-President and Chairman of the Ethnic Affairs, Public Affairs Management and Service Committee, together with Union Minister for Ethnic Affairs Naing Thet Lwin, Deputy Ministers U Soe Aung, U Win Maw Tun and Permanent Secretaries inspected the National Landmark Garden (Nay Pyi Taw) yesterday morning.
In the briefing hall, National Landmark Garden manager U Soe Naing explained to the Vice President about damage caused to state and region exhibits from the rising waters of the Yezin dam and the estimated cost of the damage.
Deputy Minister U Win Maw Tun, Vice Quartermaster-General Brig-Gen Thike Soe and Ethnic Affairs, members of Public Affairs Management and Service Committee, permanent secretaries explained water entry into the National Landmark Garden, government and private (public-private) cooperation, increasing service to attract foreign visitors, and works to increase appearance and essence.
The Vice President said ways need to be found to prevent similar water inundation in the National Landmark Garden and minimise the damage. Field trips need to be conducted to measure the depositing of sediment in the Yezin dam, repair and maintenance works to be conducted with a view toward long-term existence (of the garden). Effect of climate change and villages nearby should be studied and reviewed. Things need to be done so as to achieve the aim of constructing the National Landmark Garden (Nay Pyi Taw) for it to become a place of attraction for the people to relax and study as well as to support the development of travel business. Exhibits showing Salon people (the sea gypsies) and Taron people (sometimes referred to as “Asian pygmies”) should be shown as they are interesting. A documentary movie of their traditions and way of life needs to be made and shown.
He finally remarked about reporting on repair works, completion of intended works and works extension that should be done.
The Vice President and party then viewed and inspected the states and regions exhibits in National Landmark Garden (Nay Pyi Taw), status of water inundation in Taninthayi Region exhibit and a room exhibiting a small scale model of Nay Pyi Taw.
Construction of the National Landmark Garden in Nay Pyi Taw started on 8 November 2008 and was opened on 11 January 2010. It is located in Nay Pyi Taw Council area, Zeyathiri Township, a mile east of milepost 257/2 of Yangon-Mandalay road and is on 400 acres of land. The reason for constructing it was to show a brief history of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, to view the lifestyle, food, works, and traditions of ethnic nationals, cultural heritage, natural resources, and natural scenery in a single place.
This will raise the national pride and dignity, and prevent the disappearance of cultural heritage. — Myanmar News Agency