Speaker defends dismissing question

Speaker Win Myint meets reporters on June 10 (Photo-EMG)

Lower House Speaker Win Myint says the Parliament does not throw out questions and proposals "personally" or protect the government.

The Speaker met reporters on June 10 in Nay Pyi Taw to speak about the Parliament's work. 

A reporter asked if the Parliament was protecting the government instead of checking and balancing it.

"You would hear how I remarked about the weaknesses of the ministries and how I responded to MPs' questions and proposals. Some say the Speaker is overwhelmed and protecting the government while MPs point out [weaknesses]. Why should I do that? I am the Parliament," said Win Myint.

The Speaker said he never set aside questions and proposals submitted by outspoken parliamentarians.

"I have no 'personal' feeling about them," he added. "I just want Parliament to behave properly."

He said he made no warnings and only reminded MPs about submitting questions and proposals.

"The MPs are representatives. The people elect them. So I respect them. Words should be chosen in a gentle, diplomatic manner. We should avoid damaging the Parliament's dignity," he said. 

Win Myint also said the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi had no weight over the Parliament's activities as she never violated any laws or rules.

"For example, she always asks for permission from me to visit the Lower House. If I don’t allow it, she won't visit," he explained.