USDP told to pick friendly candidates

The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) needs to choose upright, good-natured candidates to run in the 2015 general election who could see those from other parties as colleagues, according to Thura Shwe Mann, the Speaker of the Union Parliament.

USDP secretary promises charter change

The ruling Union Solidarity and Department Party is discussing how to change the 2008 Constitution to better serve the interests of the state and people, according to Thein Swe, USDP secretary.  

Ex-political prisoners meet to pick leaders

The Former Political Prisoners Society’s (FPPS) will hold a third conference in Yangon this weekend to select its leading committee members. 

“We have invited networks of former political prisoners from the whole country. We have criteria to select leading committee members,” said Myint Aung of the supervisory committee.

Those selected must be former prisoners, they must hold a position in a political party or civic organisation and must be able to abide by the FPPS code.

Speaker promises limited charter change

Speaker Thura Shwe Mann has told political leaders that only some sections of the Constitution would be amended before the 2015 general election. 

Chindwin gold rush destroying villages, warns MP

Illegal gold exploration is destroying forests and villages along the Chindwin River, NLD MP Sandar Min told Parliament on May 28.

Parliament approves Korean-funded bridge

The Union Parliament has unanimously approved the proposal to build a Korean-funded bridge linking Dala Township and Yangon.

MP Thein Swe said the time frame for the five-year project should be reduced. Moreover, care should be taken not to disturb the shipping lanes while construction was taking place. There should also be a plan to make water available in Dala.

Activists work on 'political prisoner' definition

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), Former Political Prisoners Society (FPPS) and MPs are seeking ways of defining the term ‘political prisoner’, Bo Kyi of the AAPP said on May 28.

Tax plan on top-up cards suspended

A roadside shop selling top-up cards. (Photo-EMG)

Parliament decided on May 27 to suspend the plan to levy a 5 per cent commercial tax on prepaid phone cards for the 2015-16 fiscal year. 

Thein Htun Oo, a lower house MP from the Amarapura constituency and member of the Union Solidarity and Development Party, proposed a motion to suspend the 5 per cent tax on prepaid cards for the fiscal year. Six MPs discussed the motion, and it was adopted by a unanimous vote.

Charter change by any means: NLD

Every possible approach, including standing for election, would be used to amend the 2008 Constitution, according to a joint statement issued by the National League Democracy and the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society on the 25th anniversary of the 1990 elections.

Parliament puts Yangon project on hold

The Union Parliament has decided to put the controversial, 90-acre Yayku project on hold.

The site, which housed an old government broadcasting station, was due to be sold to the private sector.

MP Aung Thein Lin from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) urgently requested that Parliament put a temporary stoppage on the project to gain time to consider whether it should be continued.