This Week in Parliament

By The Irrawaddy 22 September 2018

Monday (Sept. 17)

In the Upper House, lawmaker U Kywe Kywe, Mandalay Region (6), urged the Ministry of Health and Sports to abolish the 50-50 quota system for male and female students at public medical universities.

The lawmaker asked the ministry to admit students based on their marks in the matriculation exams because the current system was unfair to women, who have generally tested better than men.

Health and Sports Minister U Myint Htwe replied that his ministry had no plan to change the system for the time being because it was not convenient for female doctors to work in remote areas.

Tuesday (Sept. 18)

The ninth regular session of the Lower House and Upper House came to an end on Tuesday.

Lower House lawmaker T Khun Myat stressed that laws enacted by the legislature must protect people regardless of their race, gender and social status, otherwise the country would deviate from democracy.

More than 300 questions were asked and answered in the Lower House, which debated 11 proposals and approved six of them. It also discussed 28 draft laws and passed 10 of them.

Over 230 questions were asked and answered in the Upper House.

Wednesday (Sept. 19)

State Counselor’s Office Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe submitted a report to Parliament on the government’s efforts to improve political, economic and social conditions in Myanmar and to achieve lasting peace.

The minister said the country’s democratic transition could only be guaranteed by gradually amending the military-drafted Constitution.