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5 members of Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA) will contest election as USDP

September 16, 2010

FIVE members of the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA) will contest the November 7 election as Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) candidates, the association announced last week.

The group includes Dr Khin Shwe, president of the MCEA and chairman of Zaykabar Construction; U Win Myint, chairman of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and owner of Shwe Nagar Min; U Htay Myint, chairman of Yuzana Construction; U Yan Win, managing director of A1 Construction; and U Tint San from ACE Construction.

U Ko Ko Htway, a Central Executive Committee member of the MCEA, told The Myanmar Times the group would not have to resign from the association to take part in the election, after the association agreed at its September 4 annual general meeting to change its constitution to allow members to enter politics.

“Businessmen in foreign countries often take part in politics so that’s why we updated our constitution and allowed members to participate to politics without resign from the association. We felt that if we didn’t change some regulations that limit participation in politics there would be some disagreement between our members,” U Ko Ko Htway said after the meeting.

“So those candidates don’t need to quit the association; they will continue to hold their present positions,” he said.
A spokesperson from the UMFCCI said “six to 10” members, including U Win Myint, would stand as candidates, mostly for the USDP.

The UMFCCI altered its constitution last year to allow members to participate in politics.

Other members running as USDP candidates include U Aung Than Oo, president of the Myanmar Rice and Paddy Traders Association); U Tin Win, president of the Myanmar Rice Millers Association; and CEC members U Thein Han and U Soe Myint.

U Hla Shwe will stand as an independent candidate in the Amyotha Hluttaw constituency of Mawlamyine.
Most of the businessmen will stand for Amyotha Hluttaw, or upper house constituencies.

Dr Khin Shwe said on September 5 he would contest Yangon Region Amyotha Hluttaw constituency 9, which includes Kawhmu, Kungyangone and Twante townships.

“I will enter the election focusing on religion and social work because I made a lot of bridges and roads in my constituency after Cyclone Nargis,” he told The Monitor, which is run by U Hla Myint Swe, the head of Yangon City Development Committee’s Information Department.

When contacted he declined requests for an interview.

U Win Myint will contest Sagaing Region Amyotha Hluttaw constituency 3 (Kanbalu, Kyunhla, Ye-U and Taze townships), while U Htay Myint will stand in Tanintharyi Region Amyotha Hluttaw constituency Myeik and U Tint San will contest Ayeyarwady Region Amyotha Hluttaw constituency 1, which includes Pathein and Ngapudaw townships.
from Junta backed Newspaper MMTimes

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