The Amyotha Hluttaw approved the fourth bill amending the Anti-Corruption Law, while Justice of the Supreme Court of the Union U Tha Htay answered two asterisk-marked questions and the MPs discussed the Forestry Bill during the Hluttaw session yesterday.
During the first order of business, Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than obtained the approval of the Hluttaw to replace Colonel Than Htay with Colonel Soe Moe Aung as a member of the Amyotha Hluttaw Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Committee. Naw Hla Hla Soe of Yangon Region constituency (10) asked about the status of the young people temporarily detained in Thanlyin Juvenile Training School, which is under the Department of Social Welfare, and whether the youth would be given their rights and transferred to relevant authorities. Justice U Tha Htay replied that the juvenile court and township courts within the Yangon Region were working swiftly and accurately to sort out juvenile offences in accordance with the 1993 Child Law Section 41(C) and Child Rule and Regulation section 74, under the supervision of the Chief Justice of the Yangon region. U Htay Oo of Yangon Region constituency (2) asked whether the Supreme Court had plans to feature their court sessions, summons, progress and verdicts in a daily newspaper.
Justice U Tha Htay replied that the Supreme Court of the Union puts up details of its court procedures, and relevant information about the court sessions and cases on its website at www.unionsupremecourt.gov.mm and Facebook account. As such, there are no plans to feature the court’s summons, dates of court hearings and other relevant information in a daily
He also said it would be impractical to put the Supreme Court’s decisions in a daily newspaper because when an appeal is submitted to the Supreme Court, a decision to accept or deny the appeal is made by the Justice present in office, and the decision is immediately put up on the Supreme Court’s notice board.
Next, the Forestry Bill was discussed by Dr. Khun Win Thaung of Kachin State constituency (11), U Han Win Thein of Taninthayi Region constituency (4), and Daw Shwe Shwe Sein of Bago Region constituency (3).
Later, U Aung Thein of the Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee read the committee’s report on the fourth bill to amend the Anti-Corruption Law, which was then discussed by MPs.
U Kyi Win of Ayeyarwady Region Constituency (12) appealed for the removal of Section 16, Sub-Section (l), Section 46, and Section 59 from the original Anti-Corruption Law. Naw Hla Hla Soe of Yangon region constituency (10) appealed to amend Section 16, Sub-Section (l) into a separate section by itself and add it as Section 18 after Section 17 of the Anti-Corruption Law. U Hla San of Magway Region constituency (1) also appealed to remove Section 16, Sub-Section (l).
Section 16, Sub-Section (l), Section 46, and Section 59 are necessary to take action against individuals who send information or complaint letters to purposely defame or impair another individual, and therefore, should not be removed. The appeal to amend Section 16, Sub-Section (l), as a separate section by itself is observed to be not in accordance with legislative procedures. Therefore, the decisions concerning these appeals will be made by the Hluttaw.
The speaker then read each clause of the bill for the decision of the Hluttaw. U Aung Kyi, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission, motioned for the Hluttaw to accept the bill and U Maung Maung Lett of Sagaing Region constituency (9) seconded the motion. After some discussion, the speaker announced the Hluttaw had accepted the bill.
The seventh-day of the eighth regular session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw will be held tomorrow.
Aung Ye Thwin