Hlut­taw Speaker urges MPs to fol­low pro­ce­dures

The Myanmar Times - - News - HTOO THANT thanhtoo@mm­times.com – Translation by Thiri Min Htun, San Layy and Khine Thazin Han

AS MPs get set­tled into the sec­ond par­lia­men­tary ses­sion, the lower house Speaker has warned them to stick to the straight-and-nar­row.

In what ap­pears to be a friendly re­minder of the im­por­tance of party dis­ci­pline, Pyithu Hlut­taw Speaker U Win Myint urged mem­bers yes­ter­day to strictly abide by hlut­taw pro­ce­dures.

The first par­lia­men­tary ses­sion, which brought in a large ma­jor­ity of Na­tional League for Democ­racy (NLD) rep­re­sen­ta­tives who had never served be­fore, was marked by oc­ca­sional stric­tures, handed down from above, on the need to obey the rules – in­clud­ing not talk­ing out of turn to the me­dia. Warn­ings were is­sued about the need to avoid cor­rup­tion and pur­suit of min­is­te­rial po­si­tions with un­due ar­dour.

Yes­ter­day the Speaker re­minded mem­bers “to con­duct their du­ties prop­erly in ac­cor­dance with hlut­taw rules and reg­u­la­tions”.

“I would like to say that it is im­por­tant for MPs to do your duty cor­rectly, though I un­der­stand that you all are work­ing in good faith to bring about im­proved si­t­u­a­tions,” he told MPs.

U Win Myint said MPs should be “com­pe­tent” in their work be­cause their main duty is to sat­isfy the peo­ple’s will and to sub­mit pro­pos­als to par­lia­ment in order to help the peo­ple over­come the dif­fi­cul­ties they face.

“Only if MPs are fully com­pe­tent can the hon­our of the leg­isla­tive es­tate be up­held,” he said.

The sec­ond reg­u­lar ses­sion will set about amend­ing the Union bud­get for the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year. The cur­rent bud­get was adopted in Jan­uary by the outgoing Union Sol­i­dar­ity and De­vel­op­ment Party-dom­i­nated par­lia­ment. The Speaker re­ferred to other pri­or­ity bills, but did not iden­tify them.

MPs may also sub­mit pro­pos­als to the sec­ond ses­sion, and 12 mo­tions are ready to be put for­ward. There are also 85 ques­tions pend­ing from the first ses­sion, and more will be sub­mit­ted, the Speaker said.

Arakan Na­tional Party MP U Ba Shein de­clined to com­ment on the Speaker’s state­ment.

A let­ter from the Pyithu Hlut­taw an­nounced new rules for MPs wish­ing to at­tend non-govern­ment meet­ings.

If an MP wants to at­tend a meet­ing, work­shop, train­ing, or study put on by a non-govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO) or civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tion (CSO), they must get ap­proval from the hlut­taw Speaker, the let­ter from the Pyithu Hlut­taw said. The or­gan­i­sa­tions must make the re­quest to the Speaker di­rectly, it said. Per­sonal as­sis­tants are not al­lowed to at­tend the out­side meet­ings, the let­ter said.

The re­quest was not made at the Amyotha Hlut­taw, said U Jay Yaw Wu, a mem­ber of the Na­tional Unity Party from Kachin State.

Arakan Na­tional Paty mem­ber U Ba Shein, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Pyithu Hlut­taw, said that MPs do not need to obey the let­ter’s re­quest.

“There are rules and reg­u­la­tions for hlut­taw rep­re­sen­ta­tives,” he said yes­ter­day. “We obey those laws. We do not need to obey this re­quest.”

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