Par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee roles re­scinded for law­mak­ers in NLD dog­house

The Myanmar Times - - News - HTOO THANT thanhtoo@mm­ – Trans­la­tion by Emoon, Khine Thazin Han and Win Thaw Tar

THREE Na­tional League for Democ­racy law­mak­ers who were stripped of their party lead­er­ship posts last week have also been dis­missed from the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee seats they had held.

U Win Myint, Speaker of the lower house, an­nounced yes­ter­day dur­ing a hlut­taw ses­sion that U Sein Win, rep­re­sent­ing Maubin town­ship in Aye­yarwady Re­gion, was re­moved from his po­si­tion as chair of the Farm­ers and Work­ers Af­fairs Com­mit­tee. The de­ci­sion came out of the same Novem­ber 25 cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee at which the three NLD MPs had their party lead­er­ship roles re­voked.

U Sein Win’s fall from favour ap­pears to have been linked a law­suit he filed against a fel­low NLD law­maker with stature among the NLD’s Aye­yarwady Re­gion branch lead­er­ship.

Speak­ing to re­porters yes­ter­day, U Sein Win said he ac­cepted the CEC’s de­ci­sion to re­lieve him of his party and par­lia­men­tary du­ties, and would use his light­ened bur­den of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to bet­ter serve his Maubin con­stituents.

“I am sat­is­fied to be able to work for Maubin [con­stituents’] ben­e­fit,” he said.

Pyithu Hlut­taw MP U Soe Moe Thu from Myaungmya town­ship was dropped from the mem­ber­ship of the Peas­antry and Labour Com­mit­tee. He had been ac­cused of adul­tery af­ter re­port­edly be­ing found in a ho­tel room on Oc­to­ber 9 with a woman who was not his wife, though the de­tails of the case have been sketchy.

Pyithu Hlut­taw law­maker U Nyan Lin was re­moved from its Bill Com­mit­tee, af­ter he was in­volved in an in­ci­dent at a mo­tel in Shwe Pyi Thar town­ship, which he rep­re­sents, in which he was ac­cused of drunken and dis­or­derly con­duct.

The dis­missals came as part of a wider reshuf­fle of par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee mem­ber­ships an­nounced yes­ter­day.

U Win Myint also said U Aung Hlaing Win (NLD; Min­gal­adon) would no longer serve as a mem­ber of the Pyithu Hlut­taw Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee. U Aung Hlaing Win said he was re­lieved of those du­ties af­ter be­ing told not to make “dif­fi­cul­ties” for the govern­ment.

“I spoke at [a ses­sion of] the Pyi­daungsu Hlut­taw on Tues­day. The at­ti­tudes of au­thor­i­ties and mine are not the same,” he told mem­bers of the me­dia. “The au­thor­i­ties called me and warned me, [say­ing], ‘This makes dif­fi­cul­ties for the govern­ment and this you should not do.’ I spoke with a clear mind. I don’t mean ... to be dif­fi­cult. I dis­cussed what I be­lieve. There­fore, I don’t re­gret it.”

The sec­re­tary of the Pyithu Hlut­taw Health and Sports De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, U Aung Khin (NLD; Pyin Oo Lwin), was with­drawn from that post and trans­ferred to the par­lia­men­tary Com­mis­sion for the As­sess­ment of Le­gal Af­fairs and Spe­cial Is­sues, of which he will act as vice chair.

That move would ap­pear to sig­nal a de­mo­tion – or end to par­lia­men­tary in­volve­ment out­right – for the Union Sol­i­dar­ity and De­vel­op­ment Party’s U Ko Ko Naing, who had served as the com­mis­sion’s vice chair but was stripped of his Pyithu Hlut­taw seat rep­re­sent­ing Yame­thin town­ship in an elec­tion tri­bunal rul­ing ear­lier this month. Com­mis­sion mem­ber el­i­gi­bil­ity is not con­tin­gent upon hold­ing elected of­fice, how­ever; its cur­rent chair is Thura U Shwe Mann, who does not hold a seat in par­lia­ment.

An­other shift on the Pyithu Hlut­taw Bill Com­mit­tee has seen its sec­re­tary U Steven (USDP; Kyaing­tong/ Keng­tung) re­placed by U Kyaw Soe Lin (NLD; Pyi­gy­itagon), who served pre­vi­ously as a mem­ber of that com­mit­tee.

U Kyaw Myint (NLD; Taikkyi) fills U Sein Win’s po­si­tion; Daw Wint War Tun (NLD; Shadaw) re­places U Aung Hlaing Win; U Zaw Min Thein (NLD; Kangyi­daunt) takes U Soe Moe Thu’s place; U Wai Phyo Aung (NLD; Thaketa) fills in for U Nyan Lin; and U Aye Zin Latt as­sumes U Aung Khin’s sec­re­tary­ship.

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