NLD’s CEC cracks whip
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.
NLD official U Win Htein speaks to the media.