NLD lawmaker in hot water after motel fight
Lower house MP U Nyan Lin is under police investigation after a motel manager accused of him of being threatening and intimidating following an incident last weekend that involved demands for KTV and punching a glassdoor.
A NATIONAL League for Democracy MP is being investigated by police following reports of a raucous evening this weekend that ended with an allegation of intimidation at a motel in his constituency.
The manager of Motel Shwe Pyi Thar in Yangon lodged a criminal complaint against lower house lawmaker U Nyan Lin (NLD; Shwe Pyi Thar), following a disturbance on the night of October 1.
According to the police, U Nyan Lin, together with two friends, went to the motel and asked whether or not they had KTV. The motel manager, Ma Thazin, replied that they do not and refused to open the door to the trio.
U Nyan Lin then called the ward’s administrator. Once the ward administrator arrived, the motel manager opened the door and the men went inside where they proceeded to swear at staff and punch the motel’s glass door, according to the police record.
The complainant’s statement says that U Nyan Lin said, “I will demolish your hotel.”
The NLD MP disputes the complainant’s version of events. According to him, he was acting on reports that crimes were being committed in the motel and had come to investigate.
He said that he had witnesses who would support his case and that the CCTV footage would not show him swearing at staff.
U Win Htein, central executive member of the NLD, told The Myanmar Times that the party would not interfere with the police investigation, but instead would respect the rule of law and act on judicial findings.
“I have already looked into the case. I have no reason to involve myself in the police’s work. We will focus on the rule of the law. If the judge decides that [U Nyan Lin] is guilty, our party will take appropriate action in this regard,” he said.