Monday, September 25, 2017

Parliament pushes up age limit for Anti-Corruption Commission members

The age limit for Anti-Corruption Commission members has been increased from 70 years to 75 years, the Pyithu Hluttaw MPs said Thursday.

The parliament has approved the age limit for Anti-Corruption Commission members. Photo - EPAThe parliament has approved the age limit for Anti-Corruption Commission members. Photo - EPA

The amendment bill for Anti-Corruption Commission Law, which had been approved by Amyotha Hluttaw since July 7 was also approved Thursday by Pyithu Hluttaw. After submission, discussion and reporting, the bill was approved within 20 days.

The previous age limit for members of the anti-corruption commission was between 45 and 70 years old, while the amended bill set the limit to between 45 and 75 years old.

U Tun Tun Hein, NLD party member and Naungcho MP as well as chair of Joint Bill Committee, said the amendment put focus on the experience.

“Quality is more important than appearance. In other words, ability is said to be more important. Age is a kind of appearance and it is not a quality. Quality has to be constructed based on desire and experience.” he said.

Anti-Corruption Commission chair U Mya Win agreed to the increase in age limit to 75 years old.

But some legislators expressed reservation about the amendment.

U Ba Shein of the Arakan National Party and a member of the Bill Committee, said even public servants have to retire at the age of 60 in Myanmar and Union Judges have to serve up to the age of 70.

“For any work to be effective, it depends only on qualification of the person and authority given. I have never seen any direct or indirect relationship with age limit increase.” he said.

U Myint Oo, an NLD MP from Thanatpin constituency, said he was worried a member is too old to serve at 75 years old.

“In my opinion, I am worried one is too old and too unhealthy to serve. I doubt the health of a 75-year old member. But I don’t know the intention,” he said.

The Anti-Corruption Commission Law was enacted in 2013 during the term of former President U Thein Sein. The first amendment law to change the name from “Anti-Bribery Commission” to “Anti-Corruption Commission” was enacted on 23 July 2014.

The second amendment to the law – to replace “five members each” with “equal number of members not more than five members each” – was stipulated on Jul 29. 2016.

Translation by Zaw Nyunt