Opposition MP questions purchase of 900 police cars from China

NAY PYI TAW — Myanmar’s Deputy Minister of Home Affairs on Wednesday denied that the ministry had breached parliamentary rules with the purchase of 900 Chinese-made cars for the police force.

“The purchase was made in keeping with rules and regulations,” Deputy Minister of Home Affairs U Kyaw Kyaw Tun told parliament during a debate on the extraordinary budget for fiscal year 2015/16, which ends on March 31.

National League for Democracy (NLD) lawmaker Daw Khin San Hlaing, representing Pale, Sagaing Region, had raised a complaint against the 5.3 billion kyat (US$4.1 million) purchase to be discussed in parliament.

Daw Khin San Hlaing said the purchase should not have been made without informing parliament beforehand, but the deputy minister denied that he had breached regulations.

The session ended Wednesday with the approval of an extraordinary budget of 2,464 billion kyat (US$ 1.9 billion) for the remainder of the fiscal year.

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The NLD won the November 8 general election by a landslide, securing more than 80 percent of the contested seats in Upper and Lower houses. If all goes according to procedure, an NLD-led government should assume power on April 1.

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