Mon parliament, state spar over factory move

The chair of Mon State Hluttaw and state’s chief minister on Wednesday argued about who should implement a parliament order to have a rubber factory in the state relocated over pollution worries.

Mon State Chief Minister Aye Zan told the parliament that it is not possible for the state government to implement the Hluttaw resolution.

But Daw Tin Ei, chair of the Mon State Hluttaw, said the parliament has already approved the resolution to transfer the rubber factory and the decision of the chief minister not to implement it would be against the laws.

“The state government can’t comment upon Hluttaw’s resolution even if he is the chief minister as it was not allowed in the laws,” she said.

The chief minister told the parliament that he didn’t want the state economy to slow down, adding that rubber is the main source of revenue of the state. He said that 25 percent of Mon residents rely on rubber planting and they depend on the factory to buy their product.

“If the factory shuts down the Mon State economy will also go down,” he said. “The state government will not do anything that will cause the economy to slow down. It’s impossible.”

Daw Mya Theingi Maw, a regional parliament member, said that if the state government does not implement the State Hluttaw’s resolution, the dignity and credibility of the parliament would be affected.

According to the constitution, the state government has to implement the resolutions made by the Hluttaw and it needs to present a schedule in implementing the resolution.

The resolution to transfer the rubber factory away from the wards was confirmed in Mon State Hluttaw since September and it was not implemented yet.

Source: Myanmar Times

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