Burma Times: January 29, 2016
The Union Parliament decided to halt a proposal of President Thein Sein to bring the country’s immigration and population affairs under Home Affairs Ministry Thursdayby telling not to consider the administrative rearrangement while their term remains only two days to end.
The Joint Bill Committee of lawmakers has recommended the proposal as to postpone it until a new batch of lawmakers takes the seats next week.
The Speaker of Union Parliament, U Shwe Mann, who is also from current ruling Party (USDP) was among those in favor of the committee’s recommendation.
Only 3 lawmakers out of 590 attendees have stood against the consideration of postponement.
Some of the lawmakers like as Bangladeshi born Dr. Aye Maung of Arakan Nationalist Party (ANP) commented the proposal a few days ago as an appropriate move and he feels more secure for his nationals. But later he agreed the recommendation of Bill Committee by telling as such issue should not be hurried through an outgoing government which defeated largely the election.
While Ministry of Home Affairs was kept under the control of defense, the proposal of President Thein Sein was widely criticized as an attempt of president to expand the military’s powers before hand over the political power to NLD.
In the military-drafted Constitution, three powerful ministries such as Defense, Border Affairs and Home Affairs are kept under the armed forces and ministers of those ministries will be directly appointed by the Army commander-in-chief.
NLD has asserted in its electoral manifesto that it will eliminate 36 ministries with the intention of reducing the expenditures of the state.
Many political activists suggested that the Thein Sein’s proposal is to be create continuous chaos at the border area of northern Arakan were ethnic Rohingya Muslims are living for generations but his government claimed them illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh and deprived all their rights including right of to be citizenship.