Parliamentary committee roles rescinded for lawmakers in NLD doghouse
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.