December 13, 2017

Any protest should be a lawful event

  • Tha Sein
  • With Parliament now in full session in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw, we hope all members of parliament (i.e. MPs) will perform their tasks to the best of their abilities since they are widely regarded as good representatives of the people, who are well-versed in legislative matters.
    Parliamentary debates should not be based on personal attacks on fellow parliamentarians but should be based on facts and figures to ensure that all debates serve the public interest as a massive driving force
    towards the achievement of the country’s inclusive and transformational vision.
    Members of the public would benefit greatly if all parliamentarians utilize fully reason and wisdom in their deliberations of the budget bill and other important issues, such as land confiscation, natural disasters, internal conflicts and corruption.
    The first day of the fifth regular meeting of the Parliament saw a series of political, social and economic issues being debated and discussed in the Lower and Upper Houses, for the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Parliament) has been divided accordingly. This is in line with the country’s parliamentary system. A number of elected MPs who have the habit of “going-to-the-source” for solving a number of problems may prefer to exercise their rights outside the Parliament.
    Street demonstrations and protests are often used to score political points or to put pressure on the government.
    And with the country now in preparation for the successful holding of the Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong in Nay Pyi Taw, the Union territory, necessary measures will be taken in accordance with the law to ensure that any protest to express strong disagreement with the government is a lawful event.
    In that regard, elected members of Parliament have a crucial role to play in order to help bring about reconciliation and unity among the people, as the government’s previous stance with regards to staging a protest remains unchanged. Seen in this light, we urge the government and elected MPs to cast aside their differences and work together in Parliament for the benefit of the country and the people.

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