Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Myanmar needs to change with the times: Speaker

Myanmar’s national interests are now its main priority as policies and processes are transforming the nation in the context of international changes.

Lower House Speaker U Win Myint when addressing the opening of the fifth session of the Pyithu Hluttaw, yesterday, said, “Myanmar will need to change together with the rest of the world and shape itself as a developed nation.”

‘‘Nations of the world are focusing on their national interests. So, we need to shape Myanmar in tandem with these changes and develop together with them,’’ he said.

U Win Myint said the laws of Myanmar have to change in order to be compatible with the current age and political and economic policies as well how society thrives have to change as well.

Dr Aye Maung, the newly elected MP for Ann constituency, in supporting the Speaker, told The Myanmar Times that “It is where we are going. Every nation has to protect its national security and national interests. Myanmar’s location is important in geopolitics. We should not be confused by acting like liberals or other directions.”

Laws must be amended because it is a necessary step in developing Myanmar’s national interest, U WIn Myint added.

‘‘To be in harmony with those changes, we will have to change our old thinking and habits,” he said.

The democratic transition of Myanmar is still very young and a lot more effort will be required, he told the MPs.

About 10 remaining bills from the previous session and new ones are going to be discussed during this fifth session, U Win Myint said.

Also three outstanding motions and 22 new ones will also be included in the agenda and there are altogether 164 questions including 141 marked urgent.

Altogether, 21 MPs comprising nine that were elected during the April 1 by-elections and 12 Tatmadaw replacement MPs were sworn in at Hluttaw meeting yesterday.

Dr Aye Maung told the media that local and regional changes have to be monitored. But he said, the opening speech by U Win Myint, had given priority to the national cause.

U Aung Kyi Thein, Union Solidarity and Development (USDP) MP, for the Chaungzon constituency, Mon State, told the media that he would implement his election promises made to the people.

“I pledged during the election campaign that I would help the farmers. I have a plan to help develop  irrigation systems, dams, and seed technologies,” he said.

Translation by Zaw Nyunt