November 15, 2019
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Death Railway Museum shelved due to land issues

c1943. Australians and British POWs work on the Burma-Thailand railway track. Many of this A Force group, were captured in Java.(Credit: Australian War Memorial)

A museum commemorating the WWII ‘Death Railway’ has been shelved because of outstanding land issues, said managing director of Ta La Mon Travels and Tour Company which was originally scheduled to renovate the property.

Naing Maung Toe said that his firm already has permission to open the museum from the Mon State government, but that the project was constantly delayed because of a land dispute.  

He added that his travel company had prepared well for this venture and that the museum had a list of donors who had items or paraphernalia they intended to present to the project.

Dr. Min Nwe Soe, the Mon State Minister of Planning and Economics, said that it is necessary to look what “mutual benefits” the Death Railway Museum would bring to the region, and that he proposed discussing the issue with civic groups. He added that the original plan was to rent the property on a 30-40 year lease under a BOT (Build-operate-transfer) agreement.

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