Big "Than Shwe" Isn't That Innocent,
On his way to Maymyo, renamed Pyin Oo Lwin by the Junta, from Mandalay, Senior General Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council and Supreme Commander of the Armed Services, noticed on his way huge puffs of black smoke coming out of the smokestacks of the 3A Cement Factory.
Not surprisingly, an order was out at
once to shut down the factory. And not surprisingly, the owner of the
factory, Aik Tun, who also happened to be Asia Wealth Bank's chairman,
managed to put it back into operation. It was reported by informed
sources that he presented the good general with K. 1.2 million and a
huge share in the firm.
No sooner had he opened the factory than imports of foreign product ceased. Of course, the demand for the 3A brand is such that the price of one bag rises twofold from a mere K. 600 to K. 1,300 in no time.