December 13, 2017

2nd Amyotha Hluttaw 4th regular session holds its 14th meeting

At the 14th meeting of the 2nd Amyotha Hluttaw’s 4th regular session held yesterday morning, U Win Maw Tun, Deputy Minister for Education, replied to a question raised by U Htay Oo of Yangon Region constituency 2, as to whether there has been any arrangements for making magistrates and judges in courts of justice, law officials and well-known lawyers teach in state high schools at least once a week as an additional subject, over deterioration of “rule of law” at present, with a view to keeping rule of law adjustable in future.
“Presently, character cultivation and civil ethics are additionally taught in history and other related subjects, though it was not officially included in the high school syllabus. But, arrangements are being made to be included in new syllabus,” U Htay Oo said.
“Although civil ethics and character cultivation were not officially included in high school syllabus, it was being taught additionally, in history and other related subjects so as to share the knowledge on civil rights and privileges of citizens, responsibilities and duties to be performed by citizens, principles of democracy, good practices of democracy to be abided by the citizens and basic principles of human rights.
“Law officials are occasionally sharing knowledge on laws and leaflets are being delivered to students. Educating knowledge on the law will be carried out. Township and district law officials will also conduct similar educating and sharing talks by linking with ministries and regional administrative bodies. So, the ministry of education has no arrangements, for making magistrates and judges in courts of justice, law officials and well-known lawyers teach “Basic Law” in state high schools at least once a week as an additional subject, in existing syllabus and in the new syllabus under revision.”
Thura U Aung Ko, Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture, replied to a question raised by U Aung Myo, Sagaing Region constituency 2, as to whether there have been any arrangements to deal with the matter through negotiation for having the Holy Black-Robed Buddha Image that U Aung Zeya, King Alaungphaya, used to bring whenever he set out for frontier areas, to be brought back to Shwebo.
“The Holy Black-Robed Buddha Image was aged to be 100 years or more, so it can be designated to be an antique. According to the law of protecting and conserving antiques, the Ministry is liable to keep the antique as an item of cultural heritage if the antique is considered to be easily harmed or decayed or damaged. Yet, the above-said Buddha Image is being used as an antique of worship as a religious symbol, hence the Ministry has no right to protect and conserve it as an item of cultural heritage under section 8, sub-section b and subsection 1. The Reverend Mother, Dr Pannya Thiri, of Dhamme Thaka Nunner in Mayangon township, has been keeping it at the pagoda of Thabbinnyu, letting people worship this Buddha Image and other historical Buddha Images at any time. On 20 May, 2016, the head of Yangon Region Religious Affairs Department negotiated with the Mother Superior Dr Pannya Thiri to bring back the Buddha Image to Shwebo. But the negotiation was unsuccessful, as Dr Pannya Thiri did not agree with it,” Thura U Aung Ko said.
Afterward, U Win Maw Tun, the Deputy Minister for Education, replied to questions raised by U Han Win Thein of Taninthayi Region constituency 4, U Kyaw Ni Naing of Shan State constituency 11, U Zonehlehtan of Chin State constituency 4 and U Soe Thiha (a) Maung Tu of Mon State constituency 10.
Sai Tun Aung, a member of Bill Committee, read out the report “findings and assessments” of the Committee, concerning “Bill on the amendment of Legal Subsidiary Law” sent back by the Pyithu Hluttaw, with amendment attached.
The Speaker of Hluttaw took the decision of the Hluttaw concerning each paragraph of the amendment and submissions of the committee on the Bill for approval.
As regards the Bill on Statistics, U Htay Oo of Yangon Region constituency 2 said, “Policy makers and those who make planning wholly depend upon facts and figures included in the statistics. Thus, facts and figures are very important for the country. So, arrangements so as to draw statistics accurately were made after compiling a law on statistics. Facts and figures in the statistics are important so much so that it can lead to the ruin of a country.
In 1988, the Socialist Republic of Myanmar and the USSR implemented the projects based on fake statistics, facts and figures submitted from the bottom level, coming to the state of causing disorders and splits. Especially, it will be a great burden for data collectors and central committee members in superior levels. Provided that there is a person who intentionally changes or adds or fills the false figures, knowingly that they are incorrect, among responsible officials, false policies and projects will happen to be compiled, like the above examples. At that time, the country will be greatly harmed. For this, fines and punishments are urgently needed to be promulgated as an amendment in the law, as a lack of prescription that forbids the personnel so that they dare not include wrong data, knowingly.”

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