30 Nov 2016
Generosity of MPT customers raises 152,136,500 MMK for restoration and preservation of heritage sites damaged by earthquake
(Yangon, November 30, 2016) – Myanma Post and Telecommunication (MPT) has received a total amount of 152,136,500 MMK – from over 300,000 individual text message donations during the period from 9th September to 31st October – for restoration and preservation of heritage sites damaged by earthquakes. MPT has transferred the donated money from its customers at ceremonies in Nay Pyi Taw and Rakhine.
All the proceeds from the SMS donation channel will go to the renovation of heritage pagodas damaged in the August earthquake, MPT transferred its altruistic customers’ donations directly to the organizations tasked with the preservation of some of Myanmar’s most sensitive and important stupas and temples in Bagan and Mrauk U.
On 30th November U Khin Maung Tun, Managing Director of MPT (Deputy CEO for MPT-KSGM Joint Operations), was at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture in Nay Pyi Taw to symbolically present the donation to the representatives responsible for the renovation of cultural heritage pagodas damaged by quake in central Myanmar.
“It is through the generosity of our customers that we are able to take part in this important contribution to the rebuilding and restoration of these highly important sites”, he said. “On behalf of the mobile users of MPT, I am honoured to pass on the charitable sentiments of our users – totaling over 152 million Myanmar Kyats – for damaged pagodas both in and around Bagan and locations in Rakhine. I hope this will be used to preserve these monuments for future generations.”
MPT also held a ceremony at Mrauk U in Rakhine, with regional management and representative monk of Sayardaw Baddanda Zargara of Radana Man Aung Pagoda in attendance, where the rebuilding efforts with the supervision of Mrauk U Sayardaw are also continuing apace.
Sayadaw Bhaddanta Zagara said: “We thank MPT’s customers for their donation and best wishes. This will help in our task of renovating the pagodas, and we are very happy to receive these donations from the people. Thank you to all those that participated in the SMS donation.”
Further details of donation can be found on MPT’s website and Facebook page, along with more pictures of the donation ceremonies.
With over 20 million users, MPT is the first and leading telecommunications company in Myanmar, providing both fixed and mobile telecommunication services to people and enterprises of Myanmar. For over 130 years, the operator has been championing the development of the telecommunications industry in Myanmar. Today, it operates a nationwide network infrastructure, with the widest mobile network coverage of 96% throughout Myanmar. Through its wide network of retail outlets and points of sale, MPT aims to make telecommunications services more accessible nationwide. Together with its workforce of over 8,000 employees and KDDI Summit Global Myanmar (KSGM) all of whom are intensively supporting MPT’s operation, MPT is committed to continually driving the development of the telecommunications sector, and moving Myanmar forward.
MPT was ranked as the most loved Brand in Myanmar amongst 42 key brands on June 30, 2016 according to a brand research in Myanmar by Millward Brown, a British multinational market research firm.
In July 2014, MPT, the incumbent telecom operator in Myanmar, signed a Joint Operations Agreement with KSGM, whose ultimate ownership is held by KDDI Corporation (KDDI) & Sumitomo Corporation (Sumitomo), in order to make access to mobile telecommunication easier for everyone in the country, to extend network coverage and to provide more people with a quality network using advanced technologies.
KDDI is the leading all-around telecom operator in Japan. KDDI has broad expertise in advanced telecom markets and has built its reputation in its home market by systematically providing the best customer experience and a state of the art customer care, while always employing the latest technology.
Sumitomo is a corporate group committed in a wide range of business activities in various industries on a global scale. With offices in more than 66 countries, a broad network of clients and consumers, a solid investment capability and a deep knowledge of Myanmar – where it has been present for over 50 years, Sumitomo is a key supporter for MPT and Myanmar’s telecommunication industry as a whole.
Together, KDDI and Sumitomo have committed to invest over 2 billion dollars of ten years to accelerate the development of MPT and Myanmar’s telecommunications industry. This commitment is among the largest historical Japanese investments in the country.
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