Burma

This Week in Parliament (September 26-30)

By The Irrawaddy 1 October 2016

Monday, September 26

Lawmaker U Htay Aung submitted an urgent proposal to the Lower House calling on the Union government to dismiss three Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) members regarding their controversial handling of the abuse of two underage domestic workers in Rangoon. The Lower House approved the proposal.

Lawmakers debated the draft law to amend the Ward or Village Tract Administration Law.

Tuesday, September 27

In the Lower House, lawmakers debated a proposal submitted by U Kyaw Aung Lwin of Sidoktaya Township, which called on the Union government to take prompt action to care for abused and exploited Burmese migrant workers in foreign countries in cooperation with concerned governments.

In the Upper House, U Aye Min Han of Mon State asked if the Union government regulates the tender winners regarding the construction of state-funded projects, monitors their work, and takes legal action if projects do not meet set standards.  Construction Minister U Win Khine replied that tender winners are required to repair construction projects if they are damaged within two years of completion and the government imposes fines if work is not finished on schedule.

Wednesday, September 28

The Lower House voted to approve the Burma Investment Bill submitted by the Ministry of National Planning and Finance.

It also approved monitoring of government action regarding U Kyaw Aung Lwin’s proposal to care for abused and exploited Burmese migrant workers in foreign countries.

The Upper House approved the draft law to amend the 1973 Myanmar Board of Examination Law.

Thursday, September 29

No parliamentary session.

Friday, September 30

Burma’s Parliament hosted the 37th General Assembly of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, with an opening speech by State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The general assembly will be held from September 29 to October 3. The opening ceremony was held at the Myanmar International Convention Center and all the other activities will be held at the Hotel Royal Ace in Naypyidaw.

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