Mon State Hlut­taw opens floor to pub­lic di­a­logue

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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

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