NLD launches team to in­ves­ti­gate com­plaints

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - LUN MIN MANG lun­min­mang@mm­times.com

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.

Photo: Aung Khant

Se­nior NLD mem­bers are crack­ing down on way­ward of­fi­cials and law­mak­ers, in­clud­ing with a new in­ves­ti­ga­tion team.

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