Upper house Speaker warns MPs to be concise
Lawmakers must learn to be brief and express themselves more succinctly, the upper house Speaker said.
In a meeting with Amyotha Hluttaw MPs on September 23, Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than said questions in parliament should be limited to three minutes or less.
Due to the inexperience of most MPs, many asked for increased time to speak or express their point, he said. But in accordance with parliamentary law, they have been asked to keep brevity in mind going forward.
“They should practise their questions ahead of time and practise giving speeches within the allotted threeminute window,” Mahn Win Khaing Than said. “The MPs will often spend at least 45 seconds in preamble before they even get to expressing their comment or question. This means that only a few questions can be asked per session.”
The Speaker said he will be less lenient in allowing MPs to exceed their time limit for questions in future.
While lawmakers may be longwinded in their remarks, the National League for Democracy-dominated parliament has been criticised for holding extremely short sessions, some days convening for no more than 20 minutes.