Construction company issued ransom for destroyed vehicle

Seng Htoi Zin / June 10, 2020

A destroyed water truck / Wunzup Aung

A road construction company in the Kachin State capital Myitkyina has offered a ransom for its vehicles which were destroyed last week at the roadside of Sumpra Bum Road, spurring to solve the local residents’ frustration over the delay in the road work.

The Power Five Star Company offered last Monday to award 20 million kyat (US $14,300) to someone who can able to find out the culprit of the malicious destruction, the company manager Aung Lin Htun told The Kachin Post. This kind of vandalism shouldn’t have happened in Myitkyina, he added.

A couple of road construction vehicles—a water truck and an excavator—owned by the Power Five Star Company were burned down in the early morning of last Thursday. The Power Five Star Company started road expansion project on some part of the Sumpra Bum Road since at the end of last year. The Sumpra Bum Road is a major highway which connects Myitkyina city to Sumpra Bum township in the north.

However, the road construction work was ceased due to the country’s COVID-19 lock down since early of April. Residents living along the Sumpra Bum Road have been growing frustration over difficulties in-and-out of their homes due to unfinished construction work. Most road construction work in the country are not able to conduct during the monsoon season due to the heavy rain and flood.

“I don’t know when the road work will be finished, and the monsoon season is approaching,” Tat Kone quarter resident Ja Seng Awng told The Kachin Post. The longer the road construction stretches, the harder the roadside residents to commute, she exclaimed.

Power Five Star Company has recently filed a criminal case at the Pa-La-Na police station regarding the destroyed vehicles. The company also announced that whoever can find out the perpetrator can claim the 20 million kyat by calling the company’s contact number.

Tat Kone quarter administrator Bawk Naw speculated that the vandalized act could have been done by the company’s competitors, the workers of the company and the frustrated roadside residents.