The Irrawaddy

This Week in Parliament (Aug. 13-17)

Monday (Aug. 13)

The Union Parliament approved the president’s proposal to obtain 30 million euros ($34.4 million) in soft loans from Italy for the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation to supply electricity to rural villages in Chin State.

Tuesday (Aug. 14)

In Lower House, lawmaker U Min Thein of Taungdwingyi Township, Magwe Region, asked if the Education Ministry would appoint more male teachers, citing the low male-female teacher ratio in Myanmar. Deputy Education Minister U Win Maw Tun said that his ministry is making short- and long-term plans to increase the overall number of teachers while enrolling more male teachers in teaching degree courses.

U Maung Myint of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) raised an objection to the term “dark era of education” used by U Min Thein in his question to refer to education during the time of military rule.

Wednesday (Aug. 15)

In Union Parliament, military representative Lieutenant-Colonel Myo Htet Win raised an objection to a term used by lawmaker U Khun Thaung Win of Kachin State Constituency 11 in discussing land confiscation by the military.

He said a local war veterans’ organization “unfairly” confiscated private sugarcane plantations in his constituency, prompting objection from the military representative. Parliament Speaker T Khun Myat declared that the modifier be removed from the record.

Thursday (Aug. 16)

In Lower House, the Construction Ministry came under fire once again for completing school construction projects on its own without inviting tenders. Last week, the ministry was rebuked for its poor oversight of road construction projects implemented under the BOT (build, operate, transfer) system.

Friday (Aug. 17)

The Lower House put on record the proposal of lawmaker Daw Tin Tin Yo which urged the Union government to adopt plans for the conservation of islands which are the habitat of edible-nest swiftlets.