Up­per house Speaker warns MPs to be con­cise

The Myanmar Times - - News - – Swan Ye Htut, trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

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.

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