Burma’s lawmakers have increasingly become frustrated with what they alleged as ministers’ ignorance of everyday problems confronted by Burmese people, The Irrawaddy News Online reported on Thursday.
The MPs have accused the ministers of merely reading from their prepared texts in the parliament and urged them to look at the situation on the ground when responding to their inquiries. In most cases, they said that the ministers’ answers were far from the reality on the ground.
U Tin Soe, MP from Kachin state’s Hpakant township, told The Irrawaddy that, from his experience, ministers often evaded issues and could hardly answer any relevant questions.
The lawmaker noted that over-mining of jade has had serious impacts on his constituents, but the natural resources minister told him that jade would not be exhausted in Hpakant as only 7,000 out of 1,700,000 jade fields had obtained permission for mining.
Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Settlement Dr Win Myat Aye argued that ministers were well prepared but that it was difficult for them to respond to decisions made by previous administrations.
We read the questions by lawmakers and find out what the point is, and check if the reports prepared by concerned departments are satisfactory or not. If the reports do not answer their questions, we ask departments to collect data again. Sometimes, we have to do this two or three times, he said.
Lawmakers also alleged that regime change has only taken place at the top and is yet to reach the entire administration.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)