Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discusses Myanmar’s stand on Rakhine State

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw is being convened in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw is being convened in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

The seventh regular session of the second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw held its 14th-day meeting yesterday.
Pyithu Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U T Khun Myat submitted to the Hluttaw a report made by the Myanmar Hluttaw delegation that had attended the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (137th IPU Assembly).
U T Khun Myat said the invitation to the Myanmar Hluttaw delegation to attend the 137th IPU Assembly and its related meetings was extended by speakers of host country Russia’s lower and upper houses and the IPU chairman.
In every IPU assembly, an emergency item on current international matters is usually included. Of the emergency items sent prior to the 137th IPU Assembly, there was one submitted on Rakhine State by eight Organisation of Islamic Cooperation member countries, including Morocco. On learning about this, the Myanmar delegation prepared a counter-emergency item on Rakhine State to be submitted to the IPU Assembly.
The day’s conduct of Myanmar parliament will be submitted to the 138th IPU Assembly to be held in Geneva in March 2018. The Myanmar Hluttaw delegation objected to the entire decision made on Rakhine State in the 137th IPU Assembly. The deputy speaker also added that the Myanmar Hluttaw delegation had immediately responded and clarified on the ethnic cleansing accusation.
A motion was tabled for the Hluttaw to approve and confirm the clear and concise objections made by the Myanmar Hluttaw delegation on behalf of the Myanmar parliament about the discussion and decision made on Rakhine State at the 137th IPU Assembly. The Pyithu Hluttaw Deputy Speaker then requested the Hluttaw representatives to discuss clearly and decisively on the report submitted and approve it.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than requested the Hluttaw representatives who wanted to discuss the report to enrol their names.
Next, a report of the Joint Bill Committee on a bill on the registration of deeds, sent with the remarks of the President, was read by committee member Daw Nwe Nwe Aung.
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw speaker then requested the Hluttaw representatives who wanted to discuss the report to register their names.
Later, the Hluttaw representatives discussed the issue of Myanmar signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the ASEAN-Australia Joint Declaration for Cooperation to Combat International Terrorism, sent by the President.
In her discussion, Daw Nwe Nwe Aung of Mon State constituency (2) said the MoU had 10 sections, and the aim was to increase practical cooperation between the ASEAN and Australia against threat from foreign terrorists. Myanmar has enacted the law and rules on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) in 2014 and 2015 and is a signatory to 13 United Nations conventions on terrorism, such as the ASEAN Convention on Counter Terrorism; and the BIMSTEC Convention on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism, Transnational Organised Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking. Thus, Myanmar should sign the MoU, said Daw Nwe Nwe Aung.
U Zaw Thein of Wakema constituency, Daw Htu May from Rakhine constituency (11), U Saw Tun Mya Aung of Papun constituency and
U Zarni Min of Shwegu constituency also discussed the matter.
In his explanation on the matter, Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe said the signing of the MoU will allow the exchange of information on terrorists, help obtain support and assistance on technology and methods to expose the activities of terrorist organisations and their background history, and increase active participation in the work against terrorism not only in the region but in the international sector as well.
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw speaker announced the agreement and confirmation of the Hluttaw on signing the MoU after obtaining the decision of the Hluttaw. The Hluttaw representatives then discussed the US $360 million loan from Asian Development Bank and ASEAN Infrastructure Fund for the development of roads in the Greater Mekong Subregion by the Ministry of Construction, sent by the President.
Regarding three projects to be implemented with US$360 million, MP Daw Cho Cho of Ottwin Constituency suggested to prevent corruptions in the projects to be able to gain the quality infrastructures.
The loan from the ADB to be spent on upgrading the four-lane Yangon-Mandalay Expressway is enough to upgrade the road meeting the international standard, said Daw Cho Cho .
“The road is being used by more than 10,000 cars per day and experiencing accidents daily.
The consequences of bad quality on which anyone can not complain transparently has affected the people causing deaths on the road,” she said. Ten MPs also discussed the issue. —Aung Ye Thwin, Aye Aye Thant

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