Military chief urges China to tackle MNDAA

Nay Pyi Taw – Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the defence services, has urged China’s ambassador not to accept Myanmar National Democratic Alliances Army (MNDAA) forces in China and agreed to a joint investigation into bombing inside Chinese territory during the Laukkaing conflict, according to Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV).

Over 60 points of TV bill amended or removed

Lower House MP Khine Maung Yi told reporters yesterday that more than 60 points of the government-drafted television and broadcasting bill, including those restricting the right of every citizen to engage freely in broadcasting services, had been amended or removed. 
Khine Maung Yi, a member of Lower House Information Committee, said one restrictive clause barred the news media publishing newspapers from providing broadcasting services. He described the clause as “uncommon” in most countries.  

Ministers and diplomats discuss sea refugees

Union ministers met foreign diplomats on May 18 at the Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC) in Yangon to discuss the issue of refugees lost at sea.   
Ministers Aung Min, Soe Thein, Khin Yi and Ye Htut, 41 ambassadors from embassies based in Myanmar and UN representatives attended the special meeting.

Thein Sein meets political parties

President Thein Sein met political parties on May 18 at the offices of the Yangon regional government.
About 130 representatives from 68 parties, including the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party and National League for Democracy, attended the meeting, said an official.
Union Election Commission's chairman Tin Aye and union ministers also joined the meeting.

Chin parties: Govt ceasefire is prerequisite for 2015 political talks

Chin Progressive Party secretary general Salai Say Htoo said during the second conference of Chin political parties at the Royal Garden Hotel in Yangon that the government commit to a ceasefire in order for political talks to proceed in 2015.

Representatives from eight Chin political parties attended the conference; two parties did not attend. The conference addressed issues such as mutual understanding and close relationships between ethnic Chin parties, internal peace and cooperation in the upcoming national election.

President and army blocking charter change: Aye Maung

Constitutional amendment will not happen without agreement at the six-party talks, according to Upper House MP Dr Aye Maung, the chairman of Rakhine National Party.

Beware of migrant voter fraud: Suu Kyi

People should be aware of the dangers of electoral fraud through illegal use of migrant workers’ votes in the 2015 general election, said Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).

Suu Kyi addressed the public at the sports ground in front of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Thanbyuzayat, Mon State.  

She said if migrant workers left the country, the voter lists must be updated to avoid problems. Migrants, especially those in Thailand, could not vote, she said.

Mawlamyine demands Constitution change

On Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s Mon State tour, the leader of National League for Democracy (NLD) met the people of Mawlamyine and Thanbyuzayat, receiving many questions about Section 59(f) of the Constitution, which blocks her from becoming president.

“Section 59(f) is included in the Constitution in order to prevent me from becoming president. We have to wait and see if the government amends that section or not. What I accept is that if they have the courage, they will change the Constitution and if they have not, they won’t,” said Aung San Suu Kyi.

Armed groups meet politicians

Representatives from ethnic armed groups and political parties met at Inya Lake Hotel in Yangon on May 16 to materialise pledges of peace and national reconciliation given by the government, parliament, armed forces, four armed groups and parties on February 12.

The Karen National Union-sponsored meeting reflected the dialogue for peace and national reconciliation held on May 9. Also present were representatives of the opposition National League for Democracy, United Nationalities Alliance and Myanmar Peace Centre.

137 bills wait to go through Parliament

There are 137 bills waiting to be enacted by Parliament, according to Tun Tun Oo, the deputy attorney general. 

Tun Tun Oo was asked by Lower House MP Thein Tun Oo how many bills the Union Attorney General’s Office was scrutinising before being sent to Parliament.

“There are 137 bills, including 21 for the administrative sector, 42 for social welfare, 30 economic and 44 others, in the hands of the office,” Tun Tun Oo said, adding that the bills had to be scrutinised at least 300 times.