Parliament debates constitution amendment issue
The 16th day meeting of the 13th regular session of the Union Parliament in Nay Pyi Taw continued debating the Joint Scrutinizing Committee’s report on the Second Bill to Amend the Constitution, reported the state-run newspaper The Global New Light of Myanmar. The bill was submitted by 145 MPs, including MP Dr Maung Tin of Meiktila constituency. Firstly, MP San Myint expressed his approval of the report on the Second Bill to Amend the Constitution. He said that the 2008 Constitution needs to be amended in order to pave way for a Union based on democratic and federal values, as wanted by the citizens. He said careful analysis of the Constitution showed that it consists of provisions that were undemocratic, incoherent, contradictory, and obstructive to systems of democracy and federalism. He said the time was right for all lawmakers to muster the courage and wisdom required to realize the wishes of the nation, its ethnic people and future generations. Next, military MP Major Lwin Maung Soe said that the parliament and its conduct need to adhere to the enacted laws and it was every representative’s duty to expose and prevent improper conduct. He said he rejected the bill report as the direction it was pursuing did not conform with constitutional amendment provisions as it is attempting to merge two different processes. And the report was further debated by several MPs in the session.