30 bills on agenda for next parliament session

11th parliament session held at Nay Pyi Taw (Photo-EMG)

Thirty bills, including the Race and Religion Protection Bill, will be discussed at the upcoming parliamentary session, said Saw Hla Tun, secretary of the Bill Committee of Lower House of parliament to the Daily Eleven newspaper.

The Protection of Race and Religion legislation package includes four bills: a religion conversion bill, a bill that restricts interfaith marriage, a bill that puts forward population control measures, and a bill that bans polygamy.

A total of 97 civil society organisations have submitted their suggestions for reviewing the Protection of Race and Religion Bill.

“Our legal support committee will review it. We will release our findings after these all facts have been reviewed. The case is very delicate and sensitive. We can evaluate it only after reviewing it from a legal point of view,” said MP Aung San Suu Kyi at a press meet on December 30.

Nanda Kyaw Swa, chairman of the Charter Amendment Committee, submitted a proposal to decide on the charter change bill in the upcoming session of parliament.

So far, the Union parliament has already passed 126 laws. Currently, a total of 40 bills are under discussion at the parliaments, said Thura Shwe Mann, the Lower House speaker.

“This upcoming session will mainly focus on the budget affairs. These bills will be discussed at the 12th parliamentary session. Anyone can send their suggestions about the bills directly to the bill committee," said Saw Hla Tun.

The 12th regular sessions of parliament will begin on 19 January.