Saturday, October 22, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Hluttaw session begins with focus on peace

The sixth session of parliament opened in Nay Pyi Taw last week, with representatives preparing to tackle the budget, fighting in Kachin State and national planning over the coming months.

The Amyotha Hluttaw and Pyithu Hluttaw sessions started on January 9, while the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw opened on January 10.

Along with the budget and planning laws for 2013-14, representatives said they would push to halt some government projects “that are not suitable for the current time”.

“Some factories are run at a [financial] loss and some have stopped working altogether. So these should be privatised where possible,” said one parliamentarian.

U Min Thu, the Pyithu Hluttaw representative for Ottarathiri, said he does not plan to submit any proposals but will consider asking about the prosecution of farmers in the Nay Pyi Taw area under municipal and forestry laws.

The National League for Democracy representative said he will also take part in an important proposal aimed at ending the fighting in Kachin State.

“Local peace was one of our party’s three main objectives when we contested the by-elections,” he said.

Other representatives are also planning to raise the issue of peace in Kachin State during the session.

“I am scheduled to propose and discuss about Kachin peace during this hluttaw session,” said Daw Dwe Bu, the Pyithu Hluttaw representative for Injanyang in Kachin State.

Translated by Zar Zar Soe