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July 20, 2019

Pyithu Hluttaw discusses counter-terrorism

Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat. Photo: MNA

 

The 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw 8th regular session held its ninth-day meeting yesterday morning, where the Condominium Rule was approved.
At the meeting, asterisk-marked questions were asked and answered, a motion and a bill tabled and a report read and explained.
Regarding the asterisk-marked question, Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw made an explanation.
A Pyithu Hluttaw representative from Pyawbwe constituency, U Thaung Aye, said, “A motion has been made to give enough protection measures for the stability, rule of law, sovereignty and perpetuation of the State, and for violent attacks not to occur, especially in Rakhine State, and cooperation with international organisations to combat terrorism and to prevent further attacks of the ARSA terrorist groups in Myanmar.
A counter-terrorism law was enacted in Pyithu Hluttaw Law No. 23/2014, in which there are 19 chapters. Looking back at the previous incidents of 2016 and 2017, it was evident that the terrorists had made an attempt to destroy many security checkpoints including those of the Tatmadaw and many check points of border guard police force. The terrorists used force, human shields, land mines, arson, killing of administrative officials, security informants and minor ethnic races, and threats to the public to stay away from their homes. It was an undeniable fact that the actions of the terrorists needed to be addressed in the prescribed counter-terrorism laws. Thus this law is needed to be able to tackle terrorist events effectively.
In the present situation, the United Nations, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and other international organisations have made an attempt to intervene in our country, neglecting the acts of the terrorists and groundless news from them that can lead to the UN Security Council and International Criminal Court. It can be assumed that they can hamper the stability and sovereignty of the State. Moreover it can weaken the legal measures and humanitarian aid conducted by the government as well.
As for the government, efforts should be made to take action against the culprits, agitators, terrorists and their related organisations according to the rules and regulations prescribed by the law. Moreover, clear clarification should be made to disseminate the news of Rakhine State to the international community.

Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat, who had attended the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU Assembly) held in October, 2017, immediately responded and clarified the ethnic cleansing accusation made by the OIC. Similarly, the Permanent Representative of Myanmar made a statement on 16 May, 2018 and explained Myanmar’s views and position on the Rakhine issue at the UN Security Council, saying that it is important to let the world know the true information regarding the Rakhine issues.
“If we focus on the repatriation process, humanity, human rights issues and freedom of movement in the country for fear of international pressures, it can threaten the stability, sovereignty and perpetuity of the state”, he said.
The Hluttaw representative supported the motion and Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat announced that the motion had been accepted for discussion.
Then Secretary of the Pyithu Hluttaw Committee on the Natural Resources and Environment U Aye Naing submitted the second amendment of the Myanma Black Pearl bill to the Hluttaw and a member of the Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee, U Aung Sein, read and clarified the bill. Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat requested the Hluttaw representatives who wanted to discuss the bill to enrol their names.
The fourth law for Amending the Anti-Corruption Law was received and read out to submit by member of the Bill Committee U Sai Phone Myat. Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat requested the Hluttaw representatives who wanted to discuss the bill to enrol their names.
The Hluttaw approved the condominium bylaws submitted by the Ministry of Construction and the Speaker U T Khun Myat announced that the condominium bylaws were approved.
The 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw 8th regular session tenth-day will be held on 1 June.

 

By Aye Aye Thant
(Myanmar News Agency)

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