NLD’s CEC cracks whip

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - SHOON NAING SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­ – Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

Af­ter a CEC meet­ing on Novem­ber 25, three Pyithu Hlut­taw MPs have been re­lieved of their party tasks while two Shan State party mem­bers have been axed over elec­tion com­plaints.

THREE rul­ing party law­mak­ers have been re­lieved of their party tasks af­ter they were each hit with un­re­lated law­suits, while two Shan State party mem­bers have been ousted over elec­tion com­plaints.

Fol­low­ing a Na­tional League for Democ­racy cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing on Novem­ber 25, lower house NLD law­mak­ers U Nyan Lin (Shwe Pyi Thar), U Soe Moe Thu (Myaungmya), and U Sein Win (Maubin) will no longer hold party po­si­tions but will re­main in their hlut­taw seats and as mem­bers of the party.

“We only ter­mi­nated their tasks,” said CEC mem­ber U Win Htein. “They will still re­main as nor­mal party mem­bers.”

None of the three MPs was reach­able by press time.

MP U Nyan Lin is fac­ing charges re­lat­ing to an al­leged drunken brawl at 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 has pre­vi­ously dis­puted the mo­tel owner’s ac­count. U Nyan Lin told The Myan­mar Times last week that his pur­pose in vis­it­ing Shwe Pyi Thar Mo­tel was to in­ves­ti­gate re­ports of noisy fight­ing there ev­ery night.

“I went there to in­ves­ti­gate the mo­tel since there were the re­ports. There were oth­ers with me [at the time of the visit] but the mo­tel cut the CCTV footage to look like I was the only one there. I was framed,” he said.

De­spite the com­plaint filed by the mo­tel, an of­fi­cial from the Shwe Pyi Thar po­lice sta­tion said there has been no move to ar­rest the MP, as of­fi­cials are wait­ing for ap­proval from the Yan­gon Re­gion gov­ern­ment.

In a sep­a­rate ho­tel in­ci­dent, on Oc­to­ber 9, MP U Soe Moe Thu is al­leged to have been caught en­gaged in an ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fair in Man­dalay Re­gion.

MP U Sein Win, who also chairs the hlut­taw’s Farm­ers and Work­ers Af­fairs Com­mit­tee, ap­pears to have been dis­missed from his lead­er­ship post in connection with a law­suit he filed against MP U Thet Ko Lay (NLD; Maubin 2), the head of the NLD for Maubin town­ship and a cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of the NLD’s Aye­yarwady Re­gion branch.

In Oc­to­ber, CEC mem­ber U Win Htein told The Myan­mar Times that the NLD would not in­ter­fere with po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions, not­ing that they would re­spect the rule of law.

“I have no rea­son to in­volve my­self in the po­lice’s work,” he said when asked about U Nyan Lin’s case in Oc­to­ber. “We will fo­cus on the rule of law. If the judge de­cides that he is guilty, our party will take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion in this re­gard.”

When asked if the ter­mi­na­tion of U Nyan Lin and U Soe Moe Thu from their party posts has any­thing to do with what hap­pened in Oc­to­ber, U Win Htein re­sponded last week, “You could look at it like that.”

Mean­while, the CEC also de­cided to re­in­state two Shan State party lead­ers who were pre­vi­ously sus­pended, while up­hold­ing the sus­pen­sion of a third and the ter­mi­na­tion of a fourth.

Daw Mee Mee and Daw Yumi Zaw got their posts back within the Shan State NLD chap­ter af­ter their ap­peals were granted. The sus­pen­sion of Daw Khin Moe Moe and dis­missal of for­mer Taung­gyi chair U Tin Maung Toe were up­held by the CEC.

In early Septem­ber, U Win Htein trav­elled to Taung­gyi to per­son­ally dis­miss the Shan State party mem­bers, who were ac­cused of not co­op­er­at­ing with the party’s cam­paign ef­forts, and even openly en­cour­ag­ing con­stituents not to vote for the NLD, dur­ing last year’s gen­eral elec­tion.

The sacked mem­bers filed ap­peals and a three-mem­ber tri­bunal was formed to eval­u­ate U Win Htein’s con­duct.

Daw Khin Moe Moe, Daw Mee Mee and Daw Yumi Zaw had been rightly sus­pended for fail­ing to co­op­er­ate dur­ing the party’s 2015 elec­tion cam­paign, the tri­bunal found. Mean­while, U Taung Maung Toe was dis­missed of­fi­cially for in­sult­ing CEC mem­bers on his so­cial me­dia page. The CEC ap­proved the tri­bunal’s de­ci­sion to oust Daw Kin Moe Moe and U Taung Maung Toe while re­as­sign­ing Daw Mee Mee and Daw Yumi Zaw.

“The meet­ing only lasted 45 min­utes be­cause we did not have many things to dis­cuss,” U Win Htein told the me­dia af­ter the Novem­ber 25 meet­ing let out.

Photo: Swan Ye Htut

NLD of­fi­cial U Win Htein speaks to the me­dia.

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