MPs warned against unauthorised applause in hluttaw
AFTER taking aim at unduly long questions, the lower house Speaker is now targetting unsanctioned applause.
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint rebuked lawmakers yesterday for giving a standing ovation during the parliamentary session. The applause was elicited by a question from Mandalay MP U Phyo Zeyar Thaw (NLD; Zabuthiri) regarding permits for hotels and guest houses in Myanmar.
MP U Hla Moe (NLD; Aung Myay Tharzan) told The Myanmar Times, “When MPs hear something that delights them, they can’t help but stand and clap.”
As reporters were prohibited from observing the session, the exact number of MPs who participated in the standing ovation is not known.
When asked about the incident and the subsequent rebuke, the Speaker said, “The hluttaw’s rules must be studied thoroughly. There are stipulations about when it is time to clap and when it is not. This a parliamentary session, not a public rally or political stage.”
Since taking the post, U Win Myint has had a no-nonsense approach in his role as Speaker, warning against exceeding allotted speaking times and offering various other reprimands.
– Translation by Zaw Nyunt