Land grabs in public interest, says Construction Minister

Deputy Minister for Construction Soe Tint weighed in on the land confiscation issue in parliament on Tuesday, saying, “Farmland loss is due to establishing new satellite towns in public interests,” reported state media. Soe Tint was speaking after a series of land disputes across the country, mostly resulting from land seizures in rural areas by the military in the 1990s. “The projects are real,” he insisted, adding that affected farmers were compensated for lost land at more than market value.