Motion against formation of independent enquiry commission with one international person rejected by vote
The 13th-day meeting of the eighth regular session of the second Pyithu Hluttaw was held yesterday morning, where a motion against Announcement 3/2018 of the Office of the President to form an Independent Commission of Enquiry with three members, including an international person, as part of the national initiative to address reconciliation, peace, stability and development in Rakhine, was voted down.
Earlier in the meeting, the approval of the Hluttaw on adding, transferring and removal of the Pyithu Hluttaw committee members was obtained, questions raised and answered. After the debate and vote on the motion against Announcement 3/2018 was conducted, an announcement on the bill amending the Television and Broadcasting Law was made.
Addition, transfer and removal of committee members
The Hluttaw approved the adding of U Sai Win Aye @ U Sai Tun Aye of Mongshu constituency, U Lu Htae Han @ U Aung Shwe of Laukkai constituency, U Soe Htay of Kawkareik constituency, U Sai Aung Kyaw of Kehsi constituency, Dr. Daw Khin Sithu of Loikaw constituency, U Mya Sein of Dagon Myothit (Seikkan) constituency, U Aung Kyi Thein of Chaungzon constituency, U Win Min of Hlinethaya constituency and U Nay Kyaw of Dagon Myothit (East) constituency as committee members, transfer of U Sai Pho Myat of Muse constituency to the Citizens Fundamental Rights Committee, and the removal of U Tin Htwe of Waw constituency from Citizens Fundamental Rights Committee, as he will be assigned another duty.
Question and answer session
Next, in the question and answer session, a question by U Maung Maung of Htigyaing constituency on expanding and transferring Htigyaing Myoma market in Htigyaing Township was answered by Deputy Minister of Commerce U Aung Htoo.
A question by U Min Kyi of Thandwe constituency on the designation of Ngapali dam area was answered by Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw. Another question by Dr. Than Aung Soe of Minhla constituency on the export of live cattle and buffaloes was also answered by the deputy minister for agriculture, livestock and irrigation.
Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw responded to questions posed by U Tin Ko Ko Oo @ U A Tut of Bilin constituency, Daw Wint War Tun of Shar Taw constituency and U Sai Tun Sein of Mongpyin constituency.
Motion against Office of the President announcement 3/2018
Later, 21 Hluttaw representatives discussed the urgent and important motion by U Sai Kyaw Moe of Mongpan constituency to deliberate/reconsider the formation of an Independent Commission of Enquiry with three members, including an international personal as part of the government’s national initiative to address reconciliation, peace, stability and development in Rakhine. In consideration of the sovereignty of the nation, trust and respect, the honour of the people of the country, the urgent and important motion instead urges the union government to decide on formation the commission of enquiry with only local experts.
In his discussion, U Ba Shein of Kyaukpyu constituency spoke about considering this as an internal affair of the country and to handle it as an internal affair. As the necessary steps were already being taken by the commission led by Vice President U Myint Swe, the commission of enquiry included in the Office of the President announcement 3/2018 shouldn’t be formed. He added that if the commission is to be formed due to necessity, it should be formed with local experts.
U Thaung Aye of Pyawbwe constituency supported the motion and commented that countries around the world are protecting their territory, their people, their government and their sovereignty. Non-disintegration of the union, non-disintegration of national solidarity and perpetuation of sovereignty are the duties that every citizen has to uphold and this is clearly stated in the Constitution. If the Rakhine issue is handled, we should be aware of the aim of the extremist terrorist groups to obtain a specific land for a specific people, he said. Formation of the enquiry commission is similar to the aim of sending the government, the Tatmadaw and security forces to UN Security Council and ICC (International Criminal Court) taking fake news into consideration, he added. To protect the national sovereignty and the national interest, an enquiry commission with an international personal shouldn’t be formed.
Similarly, U Aung Thaung Shwe of Buthidaung constituency, U Hla Htay Win of Zeyathiri constituency, Tatmadaw representative Col. Khin Maung Cho, Daw Yin Min Hlaing of Gangaw constituency, U Oo Hla Saw of Mrauk U constituency, U Sai Tun Sein of Mongpyin constituency, Tatmadaw representative Lt-Col Min Thaw Aye, U Tin Htwe of Waw constituency, U Aung Kyaw Zan of Pauktaw constituency, Tatmadaw representative Lt-Col Soe Myint Aung, U Lwin Ko Latt of Thanlyin constituency, Tatmadaw representative Col. Myint Cho, Daw Khin Saw Wai of Rathedaung constituency, Daw Nan Htwe Thu of Pasawng constituency, Tatmadaw representative Lt-Col Kyaw Zin Win, Dr Daw Khin Soe Soe Kyi of Pyay constituency, Tatmadaw representative Lt-Col Win Ko, U Tin Tun Naing of Seikkyi-Khanaungto constituency and Dr. U Lin Lin Kyaw of Myittha constituency discussed the motion.
In his discussion on the motion, Deputy Minister for Ministry of State Counsellor’s Office U Khin Maung Tin said to counter the suspicion and disbelief of the international community, it is important to respond with an aim of achieving a trustworthy situation that is acceptable by all that is within the frame of sovereignty of the country and international legal response.
All the Hluttaw representatives are aware of growing influence of non-governmental organisations in the international balance of power.
At a time when many Security Council members are putting pressure, when attempts are made to open a case in International Criminal Court-ICC, when human rights organisations are increasing accusation against Myanmar, all need to understand the extent to which the dangerous situation can be escalated. As all possible outcomes were carefully considered and the best path is selected, the motion to form the commission only with local experts should not be approved, said the Deputy Minister.
U Sai Kyaw Moe than submitted his wish to approve the motion.
The motion was put to the vote, and rejected by 251 against, 138 for, with 3 abstention. Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker announced that the motion is turned down as the majority voted against it.
Bill amending the Television and Broadcasting Law
Following this, Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat announced the receipt of the bill amending the Television and Broadcasting Law without amendment from Amyotha Hluttaw and to proceed further on it.
2nd Pyithu Hluttaw 8th regular session’s 14th-day meeting is then announced to be held on 13 June. — Aye Aye Thant (MNA)