Stab­bing on hlut­taw steps

A Pyithu Hlut­taw staff mem­ber was at­tacked yes­ter­day morn­ing with an 8-inch knife out­side par­lia­ment and rushed to the hospi­tal, al­though no charges have been pressed against her as­sailant.

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - – Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Ei Ei Toe Lwin, trans­la­tion by Emoon PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­phyo@mm­times.com

A PAR­LIA­MEN­TARY staff mem­ber was stabbed on the stairs of the hlut­taw build­ing yes­ter­day morn­ing, and was trans­ported soon af­ter to the hospi­tal with a non-life-threat­en­ing wound.

Daw Thi Thi Win, the deputy di­rec­tor of the Pyithu Hlut­taw gen­eral of­fice, was at­tacked at around 8:30 am, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Her as­sailant, Ma Than­dar, also known as Ma Theingi Tun, was an­gered over an al­leged cell phone debt.

Con­fronting the vic­tim on the steps of build­ing C, Ma Than­dar de­manded pay­ment for the cell phone, say­ing in front of other staff mem­bers en route to work, “You have not paid off your debt to me. Give the money to me.” When pay­ment was not forth­com­ing, the sus­pect stabbed the par­lia­men­tary staffer with an 8-inch knife.

“The vic­tim is not very se­ri­ously in­jured. She does not have any lifethreat­en­ing in­juries,” said Po­lice Ma­jor San Aung from the Zabuthiri town­ship po­lice sta­tion. “The dis­pute was started over a cell phone sale. It was a busi­ness case.”

Pol Maj San Aung es­ti­mated that the vic­tim had a 1-inch stab wound on her back at about waist level. Daw Thi Thi Win re­ceived two stitches.

“The debt was about K700,000 to K800,000. Daw Thi Thi Win ad­mit­ted to the debt. Out of em­bar­rass­ment and shame of hav­ing to ask for the money, Ma Than­dar stabbed the vic­tim with the onion knife,” he said. “The pa­tient is at the hospi­tal with po­lice at­tend­ing.”

Both the deputy di­rec­tor and the sus­pect live in govern­ment hous­ing in the cap­i­tal. Ma Than­dar is also a salad ven­dor who sells to res­i­dents of the civil ser­vant hous­ing and to par­lia­men­tary staffers.

Po­lice Lieu­tenant Win San of po­lice out­post 4 in Zabuthiri has been as­signed to in­ves­ti­gate the case. No com­plaint has yet been filed, and the at­tacker has not been ar­rested.

“If the vic­tim wants to open a case against the at­tacker, we will open one ac­cord­ing to the law. But un­til now, I have not been in­formed of a case be­ing filed. If they wish to me­di­ate their dis­pute through ne­go­ti­a­tion, a case will not need to be opened,” Pol Maj San Aung Aung told The Myan­mar Times yes­ter­day evening.

U Khin Maung, deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral of the Pyithu Hlut­taw, said the vi­o­lent out­burst had noth­ing to do with par­lia­ment, aside from its lo­ca­tion.

“It is just a per­sonal prob­lem,” he said. “But we will have to take ac­tion against [the as­sailant] ac­cord­ing to par­lia­men­tary rules and reg­u­la­tions, and po­lice will be asked to take ac­tion ac­cord­ing to the law.”

Ac­cord­ing to U Khin Maung, the knife used to in­jure his col­league was taken from the of­fice kitchen.

“Mostly it used for cut­ting breads, cakes and fruits,” he said. He claimed that par­lia­ment does not al­low ven­dors to sell food­stuffs or other items in­side the par­lia­men­tary build­ing.

Photo: Pyae Thet Phyo

MPs leave the par­lia­men­tary com­pound in Nay Pyi Taw on Oc­to­ber 4.

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