Flexing their new legislative muscles, some hluttaw representatives are already advocating government help for the victims of two fires that left hundreds homeless. The blazes in Namhsan city, northern Shan State, and Labutta, Ayeyarwady Region, on February 4 together destroyed nearly 280 homes.
Farmers who lost their land when the Yadanarpon Bridge was built across the Ayeyarwady River to link Sagaing and Mandalay regions are holding out for the restitution of their farms. They have turned down an offer of K8m an acre.
Mandalay witnessed a distinct changing of guard yesterday as its new hluttaw took office, with the newly appointed Speaker stressing the importance of being accountable to the public. He added that human rights and economic and social development will be priorities, and promised to annul outdated laws.
A descendant of Bo Aung Kyaw, a student leader killed by British Indian Imperial Police while protesting colonial rule, was elected yesterday as Speaker of the Ayeyarwady Region Hluttaw.
The interests of the country and its people must be placed ahead of party, ethnicity, ideology and religion, MPs heard today. The representatives elected last November attending the opening of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw were addressed by Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than.
The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy failed yesterday in its bid to elect one of its MPs as Speaker of the Shan State parliament, where a combined majority of the Union Solidarity and Development Party and military ensured that their candidate – the former Speaker – was reappointed.