Published 15 Dec 2015

(Yangon, December 15, 2015) MPT, Myanmar’s first and leading telecommunications company, has donated 310 Lakh to renovate the ancient and beautiful clock tower at Sittwe, which was built in 1887 as a birthday present to the British Queen Victoria. These renovations mean that the clock, which is an important landmark for the Rakhine people, will chime again for the first time in 20 years. The clock is being unveiled with an opening ceremony today, Arakan State Day.

The clock has been renovated structurally and mechanically as well as musically, and will now play a traditional Rakhine melody. This activity is part of MPT’s ongoing commitment to ‘Moving Myanmar Forward,’ with MPT’s CSR program also including the recent candle, shawl and financial donations for religious festivals throughout the month of November, and the forthcoming Vanity Number Auction, from which all proceeds will be going towards helping provide electricity to Myanmar people living in rural areas. The auction will be held in Yangon on December 19th.

Mr. Yoshiaki Benino, Chief Operating Officer of MPT-KSGM Joint Operation, said “MPT is committed to improving the lives of the Myanmar people, by helping promote development, and also by preserving landmarks that are important culturally to Myanmar. This clock tower has stood for 128 years, and we hope that as a result of these renovations, it stands for another 128!”

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