Chin state assembly representatives told not to contact outside media

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2 July 2011: The Chin state Chief Minister has warned the state assembly representatives not to maintain contacts with the outside media or else they will be produced in court, fined Kyats one lakh, with a year in prison and dismissal from their posts.

“The State Chief Minister cannot dismiss any Hluttaw representatives as they were elected by the people. If he takes action on any Hluttaw representatives, it will be a dictatorial act,” said a member of the Chin state National League for Democracy (NLD).

Brigadier General Hung Ngai, army commander and Chief Minister of Chin state, Burma warned the state assembly representatives at an emergency assembly session on 29 and 30 June.

“It was not on the agenda of the assembly session. Hung Ngai pointed out that such rules are not in vogue in other states, it is just in our state,” said a staff of the assembly.

Besides, the proposal of appointing nine ministers of the Chin National party (CNP) and Chin Progressive Party (CCP) as is mandatory in the state constitution was rejected on the spot in the session. Now the state authority is appointing only eight ministers for the Chin state ministry. In the state constitution, nine ministers should be appointed for a state or division.

“The authorities could not disburse expenditures to the session representative,” said a member of the Chin state Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

It is learnt that he issue of daily allowance is planned to be submitted by the central government authority of Naypyidaw by CNP and CCP representatives.

Some politicians felt that the session will be tainted and create bad blood between Chin parties and USDP representatives.

Brigadier General Hung Ngai was elected as USDP representative from No-2 constituency of Mindat Township, southern Chin state in 2010 and he was appointed as the Chief Minister of the Chin state government. Khonumthung News

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