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Belittling the Hluttaw Impacts on the Country and Its People

By Commissioner

MPs arrive parliament to attend Pyidaungsu Hluttaw. Photo: MNA
MPs arrive parliament to attend Pyidaungsu Hluttaw. Photo: MNA

The article of Yamin Myat Aye with the title “Corruption threatening the Myanmar people” was published in Myanmar Alhin daily dated 16-9-2016.
Under the sub-heading of the Amendment of Laws the following statement was mentioned –
“Likewise, the Anti-corruption law has protected the interest of the cronies and former authorities. A total of 232 new laws which protected the interest of them were enacted during the tenure of the previous Government. Those laws have made the present Government get headache and put into the difficult situation.”
The law makers of the first Pyidaungsu Hluttaws are very desperate for the statement. It is indeed the first Pyidaungsu Hluttaw that enacted the following laws: –

(a) Laws newly formulated and promulgated
43
(b) Laws repealing old laws and substituting new laws
50
(c) Partially amending laws
103
(d) Repealing laws
17
(e) Budget laws (Laws which are enacted yearly)
19
Total
232
Therefore, it is not true that all the 232 laws enacted during the previous government’s tenure were newly formulated laws.
Moreover, the author mentioned the name of the Anti-corruption Law in Myanmar in a wrong way. Actually, the bill was thoroughly debated in the both Hluttaws many times and was enacted by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on 28 October 2013 as its Law No. (23/2013).
At the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw sessions, when the Law was adopted, the representatives of NLD, including its leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who have formed the present Government and Hluttaws with the overwhelming support of the people and who had won the seats in 2012 by elections, took part in law making process. The representatives of the national races and the Tatmadaw (Armed Forces) were also present at those sessions.
According to the slogans of the Hluttaw:
People’s Voice
 Hluttaw Voice;
People’s Will
Hluttaw Will; and
People’s Expectation – Hluttaw Implementation, the Hluttaw conducted the questions and answers sessions, moving the motions and enacting the laws. The Hluttaw had already proved that its actions were not nominal, not rubber-stamped and they were not perfunctory actions in both home and abroad. The Hluttaws are veins and spirit of the State. If there is no Hluttaw, there will be no Democracy. We all understand that the existing democracy in the country is because of the existence of the Hluttaw.
The statement of the author that the present Government has having headache because of the laws enacted by the first Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has adversely affected the good image of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw which enacted the laws with dignity.
The following points cause undesirable implications such as:
(a) Factually incorrect on the legislation;
(b) Damaging the dignity of the Hluttaws and insulting the people;
(c) Causing misunderstanding upon the previous Government and the present Government by the people.
The article has caused the misunderstanding on the democratically elected Hluttaw and Government which are now all-out striving for peace and development in the country. The article has shown the limited knowledge and attitude of the author.
In this connection, I would like to state that the main responsibility of the Hluttaw is Legislation which is vested upon it by the State and its people. The functions of Hluttaw and MPs are :
(a) Legislation;
(b) Representation;
(c) Check and balance.
Hluttaw has enacted laws for the interest of the State and its people. The laws are enacted not with the will and consent of a single MP, but with the will of the majority of the MPs.
Due to the historical background of Myanmar, there are old laws enacted only by the decisions of the ruling authorities. That is why, the process of repealing and substituting old laws and formulating new laws are now taking place in the Hluttaw.
When the time is up for change, first and foremost change should be the creation of laws which protect and safeguard the interest and fundamental rights of the people. The statements belittling the people’s representatives and Hluttaw may amount to insulting the people.

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