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Burma Tourist Building: One ( "owned") property in case of litigation
One of Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein's plans to renovate a large house with a view of the Sule Pagoda is facing a big hurdle: A business man says his wife and daughter own the land and want it back. Yangon business man U Bilal Ayub Munnee sent IN APRIL, a buddy, a hyperlink to a movie through WhatsApp.
7Day TV's video - an extension of the 7Day News multimedia imperium - showed the Chief Minister of Yangon region, U Phyo Min Thein, sketching blueprints for the restoration of two historic buildings: the secretariat and the former tourist office in Burma on Sule Pagoda Road. "We are receiving 200 historic Yangon edifices and the Yangon administration is directly overseeing the refurbishment of the Burmese tourist office and office.
Following a hard first year in charge, during which the relaunch of the Yangon Bus Service and the skyscraper abandonment began to backfire in a spectacular fashion, Phyo Min Thein provided a feel-good schedule to bring important parts of the country's past back to their former splendour. Since 1918, he has insisted that his familiy has been in possession of the Burmese Tourist House - and continues to do so today.
"I am very depressed," he said, "because we have a very great deal of faith in our democracy and we think that this administration has many ways to bring fairness to the persecuted in the past. However, Phyo Min Thein had many possibilities to inform himself about the right to the website.
Last year Bilal sent four messages to the Prime Minister's offices to" remind him that this was our own edifice, with some evidence", none of which was recognised. Bilal's great-grandfather, Mohamed Ebrahim Munnee, emigrated from Gujarat in India to Burma sometime in the nineteenth cent . He founded a ironmongery shop in Rangoon that delivered railroad beams to the Colonian state.
They became big names in the Rangoon Colon. According to Bilal, when the Sule Pagoda Road 79-91 was purchased by the Bilal people in 1918, his great-grandfather was considered one of Burma's wealthiest men, just behind Lim Chin Tsong, a Chinese-Burmese typhoon who constructed the Chin Tsong Palace in the Golden Valley.
The Sule Pagoda Road was known in the 1930' s as the seat of the Myanma Aswe shopping centre (Burma Favourite), run by a rich landlord, U Ba Nyunt. However, in 1947, the von Bilal familiy was obliged to rent the property to the National Housing Board under the Requisitioning (Emergency Provisions) Act, albeit at normal commercial terms.
Bilal said the house averted the 1964 nationalization of General Ne Win because it was constructed on real estate. Even though the state is the "final owner" of all plots of property - most of the property is rented by the state as " grant " - part of the plots from the colonisation period is preserved.
"Before and after the nationalization, we had many proposals to offer to sell the property, but we always refused," Bilal said. Tenancy agreements with the federal administration lasted for six years, virtually unaltered. With the relocation to Nay Pyi Taw, the house, which was the headquarter of Tourist Burma for many years, was now largely empty.
The Myanmar Investment Committee speeded up its work in 2012 with the goal of identifying a privately owned business to turn the property into a property. Bill Bilal said the commision was telling him that a seperate investigative group would be set up to determine whether to take the property back to its possessions.
Encouraged by the DHUD's choice to hand over some rooms in the Balthazar house, on Bank Street, to the hosts. The Balthazar house, built in 1905 by Argentine traders, as well as the tourist grounds in Burma, had been leased by the Bilal dynasty for many years.
He said he saw a duty of "justice" among some in the U Thein Sein administration and had been hoping that these obligations would be honored. However, the elections were nearing and the administration seemed to be losing interest in his case, he said. Bill said the attorney, who was murdered in January at Yangon International Airport in a tragic manner, was studying his papers for a whole months before declaring his willingness to take the case.
In response, Ko Ni submitted a notification in accordance with 80 of the Code of Civil Procedure, which gave the authorities two month to reply to the client's request for the return of the property. DHSHD contacted Bilal with a new service for the Sule Pagode site instead of replying directly to the message.
The NLD in November 2015 marked a huge victory and took over in March the following year, with Phyo Min Thein leading the Yangon region state. In his capacity as Prime Minster, he immediately signaled that, following the somewhat laissez-faire attitude of his forerunner U Myint Swe, he would show the supporters of monument conservation and sustained growth more understanding.
Frontier in October 2016 covered a project by non-governmental organization Turquoise Mountain to renovate the former tourist Burma structure on Sule Pagoda Road. At Phyo Min Thein's instigation, the conservation plans would make much of the edifice open to the general population.
It is said that the information in the paper was "completely wrong" - the property had not been nationalized. The Wardill of Turquoise Mountain recently said in an interviewee that although there were some changes to the layout that Frontier was reporting last year, the basic premonition stayed the same. This means Turquoise Mountain wants to work with the US authorities to bring the Sule Pagoda Road facility up to the highest possible standard while ensuring accessibility for the general population, enhancing the areas around the facility and educating craftsmen and experts in local crafts.
He has also debated the subject with U Thant Myint-U, President of the Yangon Trust. The YHT had suggested to the goverment that several inner-city properties be combined in a public-private relationship and refurbished for a mixture of pubic and comercial use. Thant Myint-U said the regulation would be aimed at boosting economic recovery in the city centre and protecting cultural goods.
Balthazar and Burma Tourist could be involved, but their property statute must first be cleared up, he said, and added that he intends to continue discussing this issue with the prime ministers. He is ebullient in his commendation for those who help to make his case known to the state governors.
He has a premonition for the Burma Tourist Buildings like Turquoise Mountain, YHT and the local authority. He is aware of the importance of conservation, but would probably also let most, if not all, of the buildings instead of making them accessible to the population. "and we never asked the right prices.
Bilal sees his case as a test of whether an NLD administration is fair. If Phyo Min Thein and the administration refuses to co-operate, the seven decades of waiting for the families to recover what is lawfully theirs will not end in the foreseeable future.