Mon State Hluttaw opens floor to public dialogue
The parliamentarians have agreed to host open forums once per month in order to better understand the needs and interests of their constituents, local CSOs, and the press.
DIALING up its public engagement efforts, the Mon State Hluttaw has announced that parliamentarians will start meeting with constituents on a monthly basis in public forums.
The regular discussions will open the hluttaw floor to the concerns and interests of the citizenry. Politicians, journalists and CSOs are also invited.
“We always urge the hluttaw representatives from our party to meet with local residents and to find out the situation on the ground in the townships they represent,” said U Naing Soe Myint, a central executive committee member of the Mon National Party. “This [communication] is essential to representing the people. Now the whole hluttaw will meet with the locals on a regular schedule. It’s a good plan.”
Local civil society groups have also welcomed the invitation to engage with lawmakers.
“We are preparing for the first meeting at the end of November when we can present the needs and problems of people,” Mon youth leader Ko Naing Han Thar said. “We, the members of CSOs, welcome this chance.”
“The Mon State Hluttaw representatives usually listen to the locals, but there are limits to their authority. Resolving some problems is beyond their control, but we hope this [public forum] will promote better understanding betwee the locals and hluttaw representatives,” he added.
According to the Mon News Agency, the Mon State Hluttaw has been active for eight months, during which 17 proposals have been submitted and 62 questions discussed. The state hluttaw is comprised of 19 National League for Democracy MPs, two from the Mon National Party, one from the All Mon Democracy Party, and one from the Union Solidarity and Development Party, as well as eight Tatmadaw representatives.
– Thu Thu Aung