Friday, September 22, 2017

Upper house pushes through six bills

Lame-duck MPs have lost interest in their work, suggested an MP yesterday as Amyotha Hluttaw nodded through six bills submitted by the lower house without objection.

Not one member registered to speak on the bills, which were all promptly passed.

Since most sitting ruling-party members lost their seats last week in the National League for Democracy landslide, they may have other things on their minds, suggested U Phone Myint Aung, an independent MP for Yangon Region.

Like all Yangon and most of the rest of the country, his constituency, which encompasses South Okkalapa, voted NLD.

“If no MP wishes to speak, we could approve all the bills now. Nobody seems to want to debate them,” he said.

Speaker U Khin Aung Myint has already asked MPs not to ask questions or introduce new proposals in order not to hold up remaining parliamentary business in the two-month final session before the MPs elected last week take office in January.

The bills concern legal support, pension law revocation, and amendments to the savings bank law, the insurance law, criminal procedure and the penal code.

Translation by Thiri Min Htun