The Irrawaddy

This Week in Parliament

Monday (Aug. 20)

In the  Union Parliament, Deputy Construction Minister U Kyaw Lin said his ministry would take action against private companies that fail to meet government standards when building schools.

Nearly 40 lawmakers joined the second week of debate on the Joint Public Accounts Committee’s report on construction works for the Basic Education Department in the 2017-18 fiscal year. Many accused the Construction Ministry of poor oversight of private construction companies.

Tuesday (Aug. 21)

A bill to replace the 1986 Gambling Law was introduced in the Lower House by the Public Affairs Committee. The bill would make casinos legal but place them off-limits to Myanmar citizens.

Wednesday (Aug. 22)

There was no parliamentary session.

Thursday (Aug. 23)

In the Upper House, military representative Lieutenant Colonel Aung Tun Lin objected to the use of the word “dictatorship” by lawmaker U Khin Maung Latt to describe the past military government while discussing the use of farmland.

Friday (Aug. 24)

The Myanmar Investment Commission submitted its report on Myanmar’s investment flows in the 2017-18 fiscal year.