This Week in Parliament

By The Irrawaddy 2 March 2019

Monday (Feb. 25)

Deputy Minister for Ethnic Affairs U Hla Maw Oo replied to the question raised by U Wai Sein Aung, Upper House lawmaker from Rakhine State Constituency 1 on whether there is a plan to designate Sept. 9, the anniversary of the death of independence hero Sayadaw U Ottama, as a gazetted holiday in the entire country or only in Rakhine State. The deputy minister said the government currently does not have such a plan.

Tuesday (Feb. 26)

Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Set Aung explained the matters related to informing signatories of the rectification of the coming into effect of the ASEAN, Hong Kong, China Free Trade Agreement sent by the president to the Union Parliament.

Wednesday (Feb. 27)

Nine representatives discussed a motion calling for the effective implementation of seed sector development as a major resource for agricultural development submitted by U Aung Kyi Thein, a representative of Mon State’s Chaungzon constituency and the session approved it.

 Thursday (Feb. 28)

Union Parliament voted against extending the terms of the Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission headed by ex-general and former Lower House speaker U Shwe Mann. Only 20 lawmakers voted in favor of extending the commission, while 555 voted against it with 10 abstentions.

Friday (Mar. 1)

Seven representatives discussed the motion of Upper House representative U Pyi Phyo Zaw calling for the government to adopt frameworks for mid- and long-term project objectives by reviewing land management and national land use strategies. U Pyi Phyo Zaw pointed out the importance of policies, strategies, procedures, laws and rules and regulations for the sustainable development of the country. The deputy minister for natural resources and environmental conservation took part in the discussions and the motion was approved.