NLD will dis­ci­pline party mem­bers only if laws were bro­ken, says U Win Htein

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­ THAN NAING SOE thannaing­soe@mm­ – Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

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.

Photo: Swan Ye Htut

Na­tional League for Democ­racy cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber U Win Htein speaks to re­porters.

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