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Bus lines in leadership struggle

Bus companies in Myanchan, Mandalay district are lobbying to replace the leadership of their regional bus line association, according to sources in the industry.

The association is meant to set standard fares, provide training and in general protect the interests of the bus lines, but many in the Myanchan bus industry feel the association is falling down on the job.

“We don’t like the executives of the association. Though we said we wanted to restructure it with the executives chosen by bus lines, we were not allowed. They said we have to form it with their people. This is not an ideal way. Bus lines want to re-choose it,” said Ko Htut Khaing from Nghetni bus line.

Currently, the association’s leadership is chosen by the regional government. Present members of the association say they want to elect new leaders because executives misappropriated money and lacked accountability.

With little progress being made, some members are resigning. Other bus lines have completely shunned the association for the same reason.

“We heard that the region level government officials would re-elect them. We are now waiting. Anyhow we are sure that we don’t like present executives because of monetary scandal,” a member of bus lines association told The Myanmar Times.

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