Burma

Suu Kyi’s Older Brother Still Disputing Inheritance Decision

By Htun Htun 3 July 2019

YANGON—U Aung San Oo, the elder brother of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has raised an objection to his sister’s application to the City Planning and Land Administration Department—overseen by the Yangon City Development Committee, the city’s municipal body—for a certified map of her part of the family property on New University Avenue in Yangon’s Bahan Township.

After U Aung San Oo demanded his share in their mother’s estate through a lawsuit, Yangon’s Western District Court ruled in November 2016 that a two-story house and half of the two-acre plot owned by Daw Khin Kyi, their mother, would be given to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, while a one-story house plus the other half of the plot would be given to her brother.

U Aung San Oo then appealed the ruling at the Supreme Court in Naypyitaw in October 2018, demanding that the entire property, where her sister spent 15 years under house arrest, be put up for auction and the profits be equally split. However, the court rejected his appeal.

“When Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer applied for the surveying of the compound [to legalize the plot she received by the court ruling], we announced it in government newspapers, and U Aung San Oo raised an objection. So, according to the procedures, we have asked for the opinion of the Union Attorney-General and will take action according to that opinion,” U Thit Sar, head of the City Planning and Land Administration Department, told the media on Monday.

U Aung San Oo has submitted a special appeal to the chief justice and demanded that the compound not be divided before the chief justice makes a decision, his lawyer, U Aye Lwin, said.

“We raised an objection because no decision has been made in response to the special appeal. We raised an objection to their plan to divide and fence the compound,” he said.

The house and plot at No. 54 New University Avenue was given to Daw Khin Kyi by former prime minister U Nu. U Nu invited Daw Khin Kyi to move to the new property from her then-residence on Tower Lane—now the General Aung San Museum—in order to help the family overcome their grief after one of her sons drowned there.

Translated from Burmese by Thet Ko Ko.

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