NLD launches team to investigate complaints
Three senior party officials have been asked to look into allegations of lawmakers’ and government officials’ wrongdoing in Tanintharyi Region and Mon State.
FOLLOWING complaints lodged about party members in Tanintharyi Region and Mon State, the National League for Democracy has established a three-member team to investigate.
The exact nature of the complaints remains unclear, with ruling party leadership unwilling to divulge the details.
The tripartite investigation team is composed of U Nyan Win, an NLD central executive committee member, U Kyaw Ho, a lawyer, and U Myo Nyunt, head of the NLD’s MP complaint department.
U Nyan Win, head of the new taskforce, said the investigation will focus on the complaints received and will see if there is any reason to suspect the accused lawmakers and government officials.
“The complaint letters say that the individuals involved in the complaint are not doing things right. That’s all I can say,” U Nyan Win said.
When pressed for further information about the allegations, he added that it was inappropriate to specify the details before the investigation concludes.
“At this time, if I disclose those matters, the truth could be distorted,” he said. “We have yet to find out what has happened.”
U Nyan Win did say that the complaints had come from fellow MPs, and not from “the residents in the state and the region”.
U Khin Maung Aye, Speaker of the Tanintharyi Region parliament, confirmed that the allegations were an internal affair relating to the functions of the regional legislature.
He added that he suspects the complaints are directed against himself and his deputy speaker U Kyi Soe and that they allege that the regional parliamentary committees and commissions are not functioning properly.
“There are some MPs in the regional legislature and in the Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaws who have personal problems with me. I think the complaint is a personal matter,” he said.
“There are some people who have written on social media of their discontent with us,” he said.
Lawmakers from Mon State have suggested that the allegations relate to individual MPs.
“Since investigation team member U Myo Nyunt is our party’s complaint department head, it likely only relates to state parliamentarians,” said Daw Khaing Khaing Lei (NLD; Thaton 1).
However, the investigation team was announced just as Chief Minister U Min Min Oo disclosed in a meeting with MPs that he no longer wants his ministerial position.
“At [the November 5 meeting], he said he wanted to resign from the chief minister position. He told us that he had already spoken to U Win Htein about it,” said an NLD state parliamentarian who asked that her name not be used.
According to MP U Chit Tin (NLD; Ye 2), the investigation team led by U Nyan Win will visit the state parliament next month to look into the allegations.
The fourth regular session of the state legislature is scheduled to resume on December 7.
The NLD senior members have recently disciplined and reprimanded several party members. After a November 25 CEC meeting in the capital, three members involved in lawsuits were relieved of their party duties, while two Shan State branch members were axed.
Senior NLD members are cracking down on wayward officials and lawmakers, including with a new investigation team.