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