Lawmaker accuses Yangon govt of cover up over missing funds


YANGON — A leading lawmaker has accused the Yangon Region government of insulting the local assembly, after mayor U Maung Maung Soe again dodged a question on the municipal administration’s finances.

Daw Sandar Min, who leads the parliament’s finance and economics committee, made the comments on November 9 after the mayor said he needed more time to check on a question sent by her.

The question was in relation to construction company Han Myint Maw, which Yangon City Development Committee worked with in 2013-14 to build a housing project in the Sinmalike area of Kamaryut Township. Citing a report from the regional auditor-general, Sandar Min asked whether the company had repaid money left over from the project to the government.

Maung Maung Soe told the assembly on November 9 that he had only received the question the previous day and would need more time to check with the auditor-general.

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However, Sandar Min told reporters afterward that she had sent the question to the government back in August via the Yangon Hluttaw speaker, and that lawmakers had been expecting a response for more than a month.

She accused the regional government of attempting a cover up, suggesting that the government sent the mayor rather than the auditor-general because it wanted to hide the truth.

“It doesn’t matter who comes and answers the question, but what U Maung Maung Soe said – about not being able to answer because he only got the question yesterday – isn’t reasonable. They’re playing a trick on us,” she told reporters

“Until YCDC has a specific answer, then don’t come to parliament. Don’t give us unclear information – it’s an insult to members of parliament.

“If U Maung Maung Soe does not have an answer for this question, he can postpone his response until next week – everyone knows there is another parliament session then.”

By Su Myat Mon

By Su Myat Mon

Su Myat Mon joined Frontier in 2016 after working for The Irrawaddy as an intern. Her interests include travelling and writing.
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