Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker warns MP over proposal to aid Rakhine State IDPs

PYITHU Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint called on parliamentarians to avoid making statements that could harm the dignity of the Parliament during a parliamentary session yesterday.
The speaker warned the Pyithu Hluttaw representatives after MP Daw Khin Saw Wai of Yathedaung Constituency posted a Facebook status about how an urgent motion to help IDPs in Rakhine State was denied a discussion in parliament.
The urgent motion called on the Union government and the Rakhine State government to provide humanitarian aid to about 2,000 IPDs in Rakhine State as soon as possible.
The speaker said the urgent proposal was rejected because it focused on inviting the Arakan Army (AA), with which the Myanmar Defence Services are currently in conflict, though it was disguised by language about humanitarian aid for IDPs.
“The proposal was blocked from entering parliament in accordance with the rules and regulations that provide for the rejection of a proposal if it is thought to pose harm to the constitution or to the functions of the parliament, directly or indirectly,” said the Speaker.
“The proposal was disqualified for the reason that any proposal shall not be disclosed before the speaker’s permission, and a matter that is similar to one that was [previously] decided in a parliamentary session shall not be included in a [different] proposal,” added the speaker.
In response to the warning from the speaker, Daw Khin Saw Wai told reporters that she has a right to answer media questions about the denial of the proposal.
The MP added that she tried to submit the proposal in order to represent the voice of her constituency.
She continued that the Lower House also denied her second attempt to submit the amended proposal, in which statements about the AA were deleted.—Thein Ko Lwin

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