Thursday, September 21, 2017

New MCDC members take their oaths

The new Mandalay City Development Committee is up and running.

Journalist and writer U Kyaw San Myint (right) is sworn in at the MCDC inauguration. Photo: Maung Zaw / The Myanmar TimesJournalist and writer U Kyaw San Myint (right) is sworn in at the MCDC inauguration. Photo: Maung Zaw / The Myanmar Times

More than four months after elections for the municipal body, and one embittered election dispute later, the new members were sworn in on January 6 without a hitch.

The six elected MCDC members took their place alongside five members directly appointed by the Mandalay Region government, whose names were not revealed until the inauguration ceremony.

The five appointees include: U Aung Kyaw Tun (legal expert), Daw Myint Myint Than (engineer), U Ye Myat Thu (IT expert), Dr Thit San (doctor) and U Kyaw San Myint, also known as U Kyaw Yin Myint (journalist and writer). U Aung Kyaw Tun was also appointed to serve as the new MCDC

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Mandalay Region Chief Minister U Zaw Myint Maung said the appointments were made as a group decision with input from the region’s cabinet.

“These appointments were not only my decision. The decision involved input by all ministers of the regional government. People who are appropriate to serve in the interests of Mandalay city were selected,” he said before the new members took their oath.

The chief minister encouraged all of the new MCDC members to perform their responsibilities with a spirit of goodwill for the city, and to try as hard as they can to develop the country’s second-largest urban hub.

U Thet Naing Tun, joint secretary of MCDC, said on January 7 that the new committee members will receive their respective assignments soon.

The six members of the hotly contested municipal elections on September 25 include: U Zaw Myo Lwin, also known as U Moe, U Ye Mon, U Saw Han, U Kyaw Zaw Aung, U Kyaw Zaya, and U Khine Myint.

Writer U Kyaw San Myint said he would do his best to make the city proud of MCDC’s work.

“I am not sure yet what role I will have responsibility over because the assignments have not been divided yet. But whatever it is I believe I can help develop the city in cooperation with my friends from the media,” he said.

Translation by San Layy