Rangoon Motel Sues NLD Lawmaker for Alleged Drunken Brawl

By Zue Zue 6 October 2016

RANGOON — A Rangoon motel has filed a lawsuit against a National League for Democracy lawmaker, U Nyan Linn, accusing him and two friends of swearing, threatening and drunkenly fighting with motel staff on Saturday evening.

At a press conference on Wednesday, the Motel Shwepyithar claimed that the lawmaker, who represents Rangoon’s Shwepyithar Township in the Lower House, arrived drunk at the motel with two friends at around 11 pm, with the intention of singing karaoke. The three became enraged when staff told them that the karaoke machines were out of order, sparking the brawl.

“U Nyan Lin is a lawmaker and a respected person in light of his position. We will proceed in line with the law against his anarchic actions in our hotel,” motel supervisor Ko Maung Maung Lay told The Irrawaddy.

The supervisor said the motel was opened a year ago and the karaoke machines were intended mainly for guests, who each received a free one-hour session.

U Nyan Lin however denied that he had gone to the motel to sing karaoke:  “I went because I had received complaints about the motel from locals,” he told The Irrawaddy.

He said he had no plan so far to respond to the motel’s allegations “because I did not commit any of the charges.”

He added that he had informed the Shwepyithar Township administrator and the police prior to visiting the motel, and chose to go in plain clothes—posing as an “ordinary customer” to verify local’s complaints—out of concern that the hotel’s image would suffer in the case of a more official inspection.