MPs warned against unau­tho­rised ap­plause in hlut­taw

The Myanmar Times - - News - HTOO THANT thanhtoo@mm­times.com

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

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