Amyotha Hluttaw discusses road construction work, corruption

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Deputy Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lin.  Photo: MNA

The seventh session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw held its 27th-day meeting at the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday morning.
During the day’s meeting, asterisk-marked questions were answered by Deputy Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lin.
U Kyaw Kyaw of Rakhine State constituency (4) first asked if there was a plan to upgrade the inter-village road that connects Gonkyun Village, Mrauk U Township, with Panmyaung Village, Minbya Township, in Rakhine State. Deputy Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lin explained that the road was not in the union road list. First, the road must be included in the list prepared by the Ministry of Construction. The Rakhine State government must submit the proposal to the union government’s office to include it in the list, according to regulations, and once it becomes a road under the Ministry of Construction, funds will be requested, and depending on the availability of funds, the road will be upgraded accordingly, said the Deputy Minister.
U Myint Naing of Rakhine constituency (5) asked about the plan to upgrade the inter-village road in Kyauktaw Township that connects Yangon-Sittway road and Kansauk village-Kan Thone Sint-Donnar-Nichay-Aukla village and the building of a 120feet-long reinforced concrete bridge crossing a branch of Yoe creek near Kansauk Village. The deputy minister replied that the laying of concrete on the 4-mile and 1.3-furlong portion of Kansauk-Kan Thone Sint road, on which the earth work has already been completed, and the building of a bridge across Yoe creek near Kansauk Village was earmarked to be undertaken with the 2018-2019 fiscal year (FY) union fund, and depending on the funds received, it will be implemented. Once these works are completed, the remaining works to upgrade three miles of the Donnar-Nichay-Aukla inter-village connecting road will be allocated with the yearly union fund and state fund and implemented, said the Deputy Minister.
Replying to a question by U Myo Htat @ Salai Myo Htike of Chin State constituency (12) on the plan to build a motor road from Kanan Village tract, Kanpetlet Township, to Hmontanu Village tract, Kanan-Pike Taw-Hmontanu-Chysnugya, the deputy minister replied that after the 2020-2021 FY period, fund requests would be made for the 19-mile-long and 3-foot-wide Htohnu-Hmontanu-Chysnu road, and it will be implemented once the funds are made available.
The 20-mile-long and 6-foot-wide road from the Kanan road turnoff to Pike Taw-Htohnu road was designated a priority road, and on the demand of locals, a fund request will be made in the 2018-2019 FY period, and the work will be implemented once the fund is received, said the deputy minister.
The Hluttaw representatives then discussed the bill on the amendment to an anti-corruption law (fourth revision).
Dr. Khun Win Thaung of Kachin State constituency (11) said the bill must be worked on, so that there is no need for further amendments. He spoke of the importance to reduce corruption when the development of Myanmar was being undertaken through new programmes and reforms were being implemented with increasing momentum. The level of corruption and the slow pace of development in the country are directly related, said the Hluttaw representative.
In the 2016 Transparency International Index, Singapore is at number 7 with 84 points, while Myanmar is at 136 with 28 points. In 2017, Myanmar rose to number 130. However, corruption in the country has not declined. Thus, the bill must be enacted to protect the country from corruption, while it is hoped that the Anti-Corruption Commission and the public at all levels can expose corruption, said the Hluttaw representatives.
Naw Chris Tun @ Dr. Arr Kar Moe of Kayin State constituency (7) said that when the law was enacted in 2013, Myanmar was at 172 out of the 176 countries in the world. During the previous government’s tenure, there were 600 complaints, of which only three cases were investigated. In 2014, when the first Anti-Corruption Committee was formed, 4,353 complaints were received of which only 46 cases were investigated. Therefore, in the 2016 Transparency International Index, there was a slight gain for Myanmar at the 136th position. Both the newly formed second Anti-Corruption Commission and the fourth revision to the bill on the amendment to the anti-corruption law are important, said Naw Chris Tun @ Dr. Arr Kar Moe of Kayin State constituency (7).
The bill was also discussed by U Kyi Win of the Ayeyawady region constituency (12), Daw Htu May of Rakhine State constituency (11), Naw Hla Hla Soe of Yangon region constituency (10), U Hla San of Magway region constituency (1) and U Hla Myint @ U Hla Myint Than of Mon State constituency 11.
The 28th-day meeting of the seventh session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw will be held on 14 March.


Aung Ye Thwin
(Myanmar News Agency)

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