The 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw 5th Regular Meeting 49th Day was held yesterday and many discussions on Rakhine State were made.
Daw Khin Saw Wai of Yathedaung Constituency passed a motion to strengthen administration and security processes in Maungtaw, Buthidaung and Yathedaung in Rakhine State. She said the various activities of radical extremist groups in Rakhine are threatening the national security, rule of law and livelihoods of local residents.
U Maung Myint of Mingin Constituency said “Bangladesh has a population of 163 million people and an area that covers over 50,000 square miles whereas Myanmar has a population of 53 million people and an area that covers over 260,000 square miles so it’s no surprise that Bengalis emigrate into Myanmar. The reason they don’t enter neighboring India is because India has built a complete border wall and has deployed 300 border security regiments to guard it with permission to shoot to kill anyone crossing the border illegally. Myanmar has not completed its border walls yet nor does it have adequate border security so it’s no surprise that many Bengalis flood into Myanmar.”
“Myanmar’s Interfaith Marriage Law was passed in the first Pyithu Hluttaw but we need to establish by-laws and put things into practice. The Government should act in accord with the 1982 Citizenship Law and properly inspect Bengalis and administer Rakhine State with the Tatmadaw,” he said.
U Hla Htun Kyaw of Maungtaw Constituency said that the total population of Maungtaw Township is about 529,661 people and ethnic people only make up 6 per cent of the population making it a geopolitical loss.
Daw Mar Mar Khine of Thaton Constituency said that in her view the government has been dutifully fulfilling its role in peacefully administering Rakhine State. She concluded that there is no need to urge someone or an organisation that is doing its job. Nine other Hluttaw representatives discussed the motion and the discussion and decision of the Pyithu Hluttaw will be made in the next session on 24 August.
Kyaw Thu Htet
(Myanmar News Agency)