Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Revised 66(d) bill sent back to Amyotha Hluttaw

The Amyotha Hluttaw will discuss points of disagreement with the Pyithu Hluttaw in the bill to amend Telecommunications Law section 66(d).

Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mann Win Khaing Than informed the Hluttaw on Monday that the Pyithu Hluttaw had sent back the amendment bill with the proposed revisions.

The points to be ironed out include reducing the term of imprisonment from three years to two years and removal of a statement that allows bail for those arrested under the section. The Amyotha Hluttaw had previously approved three years imprisonment and allowing bail to be set.

“MPs must sign up to join the debate by August 23. There will be three options – two years imprisonment, less than three years imprisonment, or three years imprisonment and allowing bail – and the discussion will start in the next few days,” said Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee chair U Zaw Min.

The Amyotha Hluttaw’s stand on bail will not be nullified, and the matter will be settled in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Joint Bill Committee, he said.

“If disagreements continue in the Amyotha Hluttaw, we will have to proceed to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Joint Bill Committee. We maintain our stand on the bail issue,” U Zaw Min said.

Dr Mya Thaung, MP for Bago Region’s constituency No.7, said the Telecommunications Law is necessary and two years imprisonment as revised by the Pyithu Hluttaw is appropriate.

“Two years imprisonment is appropriate. Without any controls, there will be disorder, but it should be a fair and just punishment. Also, setting bail is appropriate,” he said.