Nay Pyi Taw, 27 Nov — On Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Session on Thursday, Union Minister Dr Kan Zaw and Deputy Attorney-General of the Union U Tun Tun Oo rebutted the important motion of Representative Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Mawhmu Constituency urging the Union Government to issue the bylaws, rules and regulations for laws which had been approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in a timely manner so that the laws can be enforced as required for the State.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said in her important motion that some foreign companies that were thinking about investing in Myanmar had to return because of the lack of the bylaw for the Foreign Investment Law and a number of bylaws rules and regulations for other laws that had been approved by the Hluttaw including the Law for Protection of the Rights and Promotion of the Interests of Farmers, the Securities Exchange and Trading Law, the Minimum Salaries and Wages Law and the Media Law were delayed.
The union minister explained that The Foreign Investment Law was enacted on 2 November 2012 and its bylaw were issued with his signature on 31 January 2013, saying that both the law and the bylaw had been published in English and Myanmar languages and the rules and regulations of the laws had also been published. In conclusion, the union minister added that he would submit the books and documents to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.
Then, the speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw said that the bylaw of the Foreign Investment Law and the notification dated 31-1-2013 were distributed at the Pyithu Hluttaw and the Amyotha Hluttaw on 1-2-2013 and the representatives of the two chambers submitted the amendments of the bylaw and the notification which was approved with amendments on 25-3-2013, adding it is stated in the Hluttaw record that they were issued by Union Minister Dr Kan Zaw.
Deputy Union Attorney-General U Tun Tun Oo also refuted the claim concerning the bylaws for other laws, saying that consultation for the bylaw for the Minimum Salaries and Wages Law and the social security bylaw were held with the ministry concerned on 20-6-2013 and on 20-6-2013 respectively and they were issued by the ministry. The Office of the Attorney-General of the Union held consultations with the ministry concerned for Law for Protection of the Rights and Promotion of the Interests of Farmers on 4-4-2014 and 25-7-2014 and the ministry concerned is trying to issue the bylaw as soon as possible.
The deputy attorney-general said that his office had held consultations for the bylaw for the Securities Exchange and Trading Law with the ministry concerned on 14-8-2014 and the bylaw for the Media Law and the telecommunication number bylaw were received by his office on 21-10-2014 and on17-10-2014 respectively and measures are being taken to hold consultations with ministries concerned.
He also pointed out that although ministries are trying to issue the required bylaws in a timely manner, they have difficulties due to the needs to draft them in details so that they can be enforced smoothly in accordance with the law, to add tables as required, to coordinate with ministries and departments involved in the bylaws and international organizations of the related international conventions and the inexperience of the ministries to draft bylaws.
In conclusion, U Tun Tun Oo said that a capacity enhancement workshop for drafting laws is being jointly organized by the Union Attorney-General’s Office and the UNDP for 44 staff from 22 ministries from 24 to 28 November and the Union Attorney-General Office and the UNDP conducted a workshop for drafting and interpretation of law from 23-10-2013 to 1-11 2013.