Mudon Township TDPC force sale of football match tickets
Tue 31 Mar 2009, IMNA
Headmen from villages in Mudon Township have been under pressure from the Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) to sell tickets for an April 8th football match organized by the authorities to be held in Mudon Town.
The headmen were told to sell the 3000 Kyat tickets to villagers with the implication that the TDPC would return for the money after a short time whether the headmen sold them or not.
A resident of one of the villages, Hnee-padaw, said that their headman was selling the tickets just to provide cash for the TDPC. He also explained how the tickets are allocated according to the number of households in each village.
“It depends on the size of the village. If it’s a small village they’re distributing 50 tickets and making 150,000 Kyat and for a large village, of 700 households or more, they’re distributing 80 tickets and making 240,000 Kyat. The TDPC are making out like they’re benefiting the villagers but actually it’s not like that. They just want to get money from the headmen and they don’t care if he sells all the tickets or not – it’s a way of making money from people.”
The Hnee-padaw villager added,” Most villagers don’t want to buy the tickets and many have refused. However, phone owners charging others for calls or lottery sellers, or other people running illegal businesses have had to buy tickets from the headman.”
One phone owner in Hnee-padaw said, “The headman asked me to buy five tickets but I only bought three, although I didn’t want to buy any at all and I don’t want to watch the match either. I couldn’t refuse because I have a phone which I charge other people to use and I’m worried the authorities will cause problems for my business. Lottery sellers have had to buy tickets too for the same reason.” One Mudon resident commented, “Every time the authorities do something they want money from the villagers.
They want to demonstrate how good they are to the people, like when they build or renovate a school or something, but then they collect money from the people again.”