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Mon State Gov’t’s auto auction cancelled

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An automobile auction planned by the Mon State government was cancelled last Tuesday at the State Government Office.

The automobiles on offer were seized, as they were unlicensed, and the cases were completed by the township courts before the auction began.

Photo caption: Automobile at the auction in Moulmein, capital of Mon State (Photo: MNA)
Photo caption: Automobile at the auction in Moulmein, capital of Mon State (Photo: MNA)

According to the auto auction Committee, they had to call for the cancellation because the 117 automobiles were required to be sent to the Ministry of Union Planning and Economics.

“Last night, I was given an instruction. I was told that the cars waiting for auction must be transferred to Ministry of Union Planning and Economics. Afterwards, I was told that the ministry will inform if the cars will be fairly handed to respective departments in Mon State as needed,” said Dr. Min Nwe Soe, the chairman of auto auction Committee.

However, the agents waiting for the automobile auction are unhappy with the cancellation.

“We spend time and money to come for this auction. 117 are supposed to be for auction. I already bought 30 forms at 5000 Kyat per form. I also have to pay 2 million kyat to reserve each car”, U Zaw Lwin, an auction agent.

Upon the cancellation, the agents requested that the auto auction committee forward the letter explaining the reasons for the cancellation from the Ministry of Union Planning and Economics to them. However, according to the committee, it’s not allowed to give the letter and that the agents could request it at State Government Office.

“As they have announced, I wanted them to do this auction honestly. I am not satisfied as there is no explanation about the cancellation specifically. They just called it off,” said Ko Tin Tun Aung, who is waiting for the auction.

Due to the cancellation, about 20 agents waiting for the auction have squandered their time and money.

Previous auctions from vehicles seized in Mon State were in November 2013 where 88 automobiles were auctioned, followed 150 automobiles in February 2015 and 291 vehicles in December, 2015.

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