NLD will discipline party members only if laws were broken, says U Win Htein
ADOPTING an unusually conciliatory stance, a senior member of the National League for Democracy has said the party will not be taking action against two of its misbehaving MPs unless it is found that laws were broken. The misdeeds of two lower house MPs have gone viral on social media over the past month.
But U Win Htein, a member of the party’s central executive committee, pledged that the NLD will not intervene in members’ personal affairs. He added that disciplinary action will be taken as deemed necessary in accordance with the country’s penal code, as well as party regulations.
Lower house lawmaker U Nyan Lin (NLD; Shwe Pyi Thar) and retired municipal staffer U Ko Naing are accused of having fought with the owners of Shwe Pyi Thar Motel over a KTV lounge on October 1. The owners claim that the alcohol-infused debauchery included U Nyan Lin destroying the motel’s door and harassing and intimidating staff. The MP now faces several criminal charges.
In a separate hotel incident, on October 9, MP U Soe Moe Thu (NLD; Myaungmya) is alleged to have been caught in an extra-marital affair at a Mandalay Region hotel.
The legislator from Ayeyarwady Region was at a hotel with a woman in Maha Aung Myay township. His wife interrupted the evening and a fight ensued. Police say they brought the feuding husband and wife into the station to avoid further problems.
According to the police report, U Soe Moe Thu had been staying at the hotel since October 7 and the woman who was visiting was a close friend of his. His wife apparently misunderstood.
No adultery claim under Myanmar’s controversial Monogamy Law has been filed against U Soe Moe Thu in relation to the incident, according to the Mandalay Region Police Force.
Police say that several of the details being reported on social media in connection with the incident are not true: The police claim they did not mediate in the case, and another MP did not come to the station to file a claim against U Soe Moe Thu.
“We will proceed with the Shwe Pyi Thar case according to the law,” U Win Htein said. “The other case of Soe Moe Thu shall be done by the law and we will not intervene in these cases.”
U Win Htein said representatives are supposed to make laws but they are not related to the executive body and are not supposed to intervene in the executive branch of government. He said the party’s disciplinary committee was regularly monitoring the way MPs dress and communicate.
National League for Democracy central executive committee member U Win Htein speaks to reporters.