Wednesday, September 20, 2017

NLD leader warns Speakers to avoid corruption

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has warned her party’s Speakers and their deputies to meet the expectations of the public – and, in particular, to avoid any hint of corruption.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi talks with the hluttaw Speakers and deputy speakers in Nay Pyi yesterday.Photo: FacebookDaw Aung San Suu Kyi talks with the hluttaw Speakers and deputy speakers in Nay Pyi yesterday.Photo: Facebook

The NLD chair met Speakers and deputies from 12 state and region hluttaws in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

While she spoke about the future plans of the regional parliaments, she avoided discussing the formation of state and region governments, attendees told The Myanmar Times.

U Aung Kyaw Oo, Speaker of the Mandalay Region Hluttaw, told The Myanmar Times that the NLD leader was worried about disappointing voters and encouraged unity between the hluttaws.

“We didn’t discuss the formation of state and regional governments. She [Daw Aung San Suu Kyi] just advised us to perform the duties of parliament with goodwill and to avoid corruption during our five-year terms,” he said.

The party leader also urged the inclusion of military representatives in the parliamentary committees – under the previous government they could only participate as observers – and to ensure checks and balances between regional governments and parliaments.

Kachin State deputy speaker U Kham Lee said that the NLD chair advised the Speakers and their deputies to follow the law and not make errors while doing their jobs.

But U Kham Lee was able to voice one concern of his own. “[I told her that] the vehicle we are given is consuming too much fuel and the quality is low. She [Daw Aung San Suu Kyi] replied that she will address this after the government is formed,” he said.

Today, talks will focus on the formation of the Myanmar Parliamentary Union (MPU), a new committee comprised of the Speakers and deputy speakers of each hluttaw. The committee is designed to improve coordination between the various legislative bodies and will be led by Mahn Win Khaing Than, the Speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.

“The agenda of the formation of the Myanmar Parliamentary Union will be more important than today’s meeting,” said U Aung Kyaw Khaing, Speaker of the Ayeyarwady Region parliament.


Read more: State & Region Hluttaws, in graphics


The constitution gives the president the power to nominate chief ministers to all 14 states and regions, regardless of the seat breakdown in the local parliament.

The NLD controls 12 of the 14 state parliaments. In Rakhine State, the Arakan National Party holds the Speaker and deputy speaker positions, while in Shan State the Union Solidarity and Development Party controls the post thanks to its alliance with military MPs.