Parliament wants OMI to explain
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw wants the Open Myanmar Initiative (OMI) to explain its comments questioning the amendments to the Constitutional Tribunal Law
THE Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Thursday demanded that the Open Myanmar Initiative (OMI) explain within seven days its comments questioning why the amendments to the Constitutional Tribunal Law was not published in the parliament’s 2015 gazette.
The parliament said there was no amendment that happened to the said law so there is no reason to publish it again in the gazette.
“Although the parliament suggested to change the law, the president said he wanted to keep the original law. Finally, I think the Union parliament agreed and approved the president’s decision (not to amend the law),” U Zaw Myint Pe, a member of Legal Commission for the Assessment of Legal Affairs and Special Issues told The Myanmar Times by phone yesterday.
“According to parliamentary procedures, there is no need to publish it as a new law if there is no change in the original law. I think OMI misunderstood that procedure,” he said.
The parliament noted that the press conference held by OMI on August 3 gave the impression that the law was lost in the legislative process.
“It could break the trust between the public and the parliament,” a Pyidaungsu Hluttaw statement on Thursday said. “OMI has to give explanations about their mistake.”
U Nyan Nyan Htun, a member of the OMI said the organisation will convene a meeting to discuss the issue.
“We will convene an emergency meeting first in our organisation and then we will solve this,” he said. “I can’t give any comments until after our meeting.”
At the OMI press conference, its leaders said laws promulgated in 2015 should be published by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in its annual gazette. But since then it did not publish the law, the leaders of the group said.
“The full detail of the law is still unknown despite the fact it was approved by the parliament,” the leader said.
“Parliamentary Hansard, only print summaries of bill committees’ reports and verbatim deliberations in the parliament. Every act promulgated was assigned a serial number which the law did not get one.” The OMI said in a press release. “What happened to the law after approval at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw is still unknown.”
OMI is a non-profit organisation established to contribute to nation building, where peace is perpetual and democracy flourishes. It does archiving of public information and records, conducting research, disseminating research outputs to citizens, presenting research outputs to relevant audiences including citizens and organising workshops and citizen education program.