Ninth regular session of Second Pyithu Hluttaw holds 17th-day meeting

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Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat. Photo: MNA

The 17th-day meeting of the ninth regular session of the Second Pyithu Hluttaw held at the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting hall of the Hluttaw Building in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

No additional staff for sub health dep. yet
U Sai Saing Mai of Mongkai constituency raised a question on whether additional staff member will be supplied to the Sanha and Mongyun sub-rural health centres in Mongkai Township, whether sufficient staff residences will be constructed, and whether special priority will be given for health centre buildings to be constructed in line with proper construction standards.
Deputy Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Mya Lay Sein replied that there are no plans for supplying additional medical staff at the moment but it will be prioritized in 2019. In addition, once the Sanha and Mongyun health centre acquire property deeds, funds for constructing the buildings in line with set standards will be included in the yearly budget proposals, said the deputy minister.

Dental association open to negotiations over overflow drains
U Shwe Hla (a) U Shwe Hla Win of Thingangyun constituency raised a question on whether the overflow drains in the three wards fenced off by the Myanmar Dental Association will be nationalized to improve drainage.
Deputy Minister Dr. Mya Lay Sein replied that the Myanmar Dental Association is an independent non-governmental organization and thus the Ministry of Health and Sports has not directed authority over it. However, the MDA is ready to discuss and negotiate with MPs and other departmental and relevant officials concerning the matter, said the deputy minister. She suggested that the Yangon Region government, the city development committee, regional MPs, local elders and the MDA should meet together to discuss the matter.

Q&A session
Firstly, Pyithu Hluttaw Hluttaw’s Rights Committee Secretary Dr. Hla Moe answered to U Maung Myint of Mingin constituency’s question on whether the time limit for having the floor asking questions and tabling motions will be altered from 5 minutes to 6 minutes, and whether the time limit for discussing motions tabled will be altered from 6 minutes to 5 minutes.
Next, Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population U Thein Swe replied to a question from U Aung Thaung Shwe of Buthidaung constituency asking whether any course of action will be taken towards the head of the immigration department in Buthidaung Township for abusing his power to receive bribes in the national registration card process.
Similarly, Deputy Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Mya Lay Sein replied to (1) a question raised by U Kyaw Min of Kamayut constituency asking whether the university football field in Ward 9 of Kamayut Township will be reopened, (2) a question by U Aung Soe Min of Ywangan constituency asking whether the Myaing station hospital on the Hanmyintmoh-Ywangan-Aungpan highway in Ywangan Township will be upgraded, and (3) a question by U Sai San Thein of Mohnai constituency asking whether a spectator stand for the Mohnai Township football field will be constructed.

Reports, motions discussed, approved
The Pyithu Hluttaw then proceeded to either read, discuss, or approve reports submitted and motions tabled.
Firstly, U Soe Thura Tun, Chairman of the Pyithu Hluttaw Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Committee, read the committee’s report and the Speaker called for MPs interested in discussing the report to enroll their names.
Secondly, U Khin Maung Than, Secretary of the Pyithu Hluttaw Public Accounts Committee, submitted the committee’s report to receive approval from the Hluttaw. The Hluttaw proceeded to approve the report.
Thirdly, U Pe Than of Myebon constituency discussed the report from the Pyithu Hluttaw’s Hluttaw Rights Committee and committee secretary Dr. Hla Moe responded to the discussion.
Fourthly, U Thaung Htay Lin of Patheingyi constituency tabled a motion for the Hluttaw Rights Committee’s report and the Hluttaw proceeded to approve the motion.
Fifthly, Dr. Wai Phyo Aung, member of the Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee, tabled a motion to amend to the Health and Occupational Safety Bill submitted by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. The Hluttaw proceeded to approve the motion.
Sixthly, Bill Committee member U Wai Hlaing tabled a motion for the Pyithu Hluttaw to approve the amendments to the Bill making second amendments to the Labour Dispute Settlement Law. The Hluttaw proceeded to approve the motion.
Seventhly, U Nay Myo Tun, member of the Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee, and U Tin Ko Ko Oo of Bilin constituency tabled a motion for the Pyithu Hluttaw to approved the amendments to the 2018 Gambling Bill submitted by the Pyithu Hluttaw Public Affairs Management Committee. After some deliberation, the Hluttaw proceeded to approve the motion.

MPs discuss combating illegal trade
Afterwards, U Myo Zaw Aung of Kawlin constituency tabled a motion urging the Union Government to formulate a master strategic plan to combat the illegal trade practices that are critically damaging the nation’s economic development. The motion was discussed by U Lone Jone San Mai of Sumprabum constituency, Daw Ni Ni May Myint of Taungup constituency, U Soe Aung Naing of Kyonpyaw constituency, U Myint Han Tun of Budalin constituency, U Tin
Htwe of Waw constituency, U Win Myint Oo (a) U Nay Myo of Nyaungshwe constituency, U Kan Myint of Thayet constituency, U Ohn Khin of Pulaw constituency, and Daw Cho Cho Win of Mawlaik constituency.
U Ohn Khin of Pulaw constituency discussed that the production of high-quality end products should be promoted, otherwise illegal trade will enter the country one way or another. He called for monitoring of quality assurance and tax levying, using reasoning and enforcing rule of law in economic practices.
Daw Cho Cho Win of Mawlaik constituency discussed that a variety of regional products in the country are a target of illegal trade and called for the rules and regulations and policies to be scrutinized. She said poor enforcement of the rule of law engenders corruption, and the yearly trade deficit increase is contributed by the inequal ration of high imports to low exports from the country. She said the entire country needs to rally together to
combat illegal trade practices.
Following, Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Maung Maung Win explained that the key ministries related to illegal trade are the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Planning and Finance and the Ministry of Home Affairs, with the other ministries sharing indirect relevance. He said the Myanmar Police Force, under the Ministry of Home Affairs, inspects imports and exports for illegal trade and acts in accordance with The Essential Supplies and Services Law, The Export and Import Law and other existing laws. He said the Customs Department, Department of Trade, Internal Revenue Department, Department of Forestry, and the Road Transport Administration Department all collaborate together to conduct joint investigations in border trade camps and along trade routes, in the quest to combat illegal trade.


Min Min Zaw

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