Friday, August 18, 2017

66(d) necessary to prevent more crime: Pyithu Hluttaw MP

The controversial Telecommunications section 66(d) is necessary to prevent people from committing more crimes and cannot be fully abolished, U Tun Tun Hein, chair of Bill Committee and Pyithu Hluttaw MP from Naung Cho township, said on Thursday.

“If every part of 66(d) is abolished, it will be as if we’re telling the people to act however they want,” he told reporters after submitting the committee report on the amendment bill to the Telecommunications Law to the Pyithu Hluttaw.

U Tun Tun Hein also said that the section 420 of the law, offers bail, cannot also be removed, noting that if the assailed section is abolished “there could be bigger lies coming up.”

“What will happen if section 420 is removed? It will be like giving a big opportunity to the dishonest people and telling them to commit more crimes. In trying to approve a law, Hluttaw had to think about the government which will enforce it, and also the people who will have follow it,” he said.

Critics said the amendments to the Telecommunications Law as approved by Amyotha Hluttaw and sent to Pyithu Hluttaw did not have any significant changes.

The proposed amendment said that in order for crimes committed under subsection (Kha), (Ga), and (Ga Gyi) of section 66, to become bailable, minor revisions should be made to the punishment criteria and enacted.

The amendments bill also proposed that punishments under section 66 should be revised to imprisonment of less than three years or a fine or both, from the current penalty of between three to seven years imprisonment without bail.

“If the punishment is amended to be one where bail is allowed then it will be smoother, and it will be in accordance with criminal procedure laws,” U Tun Tun Hein explained to the Hluttaw.

Hluttaw MPs will still hold discussion on the report of the Bill Committee and then vote whether or not to approve it.

Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint announced that MPs who wished to participate at the discussion should submit their names at the latest by August 14.