Myanmar: Charter Amendment Committee Submits Two Bills to Myanmar Parliament Calling for Reduced Role for Military

NAYPYITAW—More than half of Myanmar’s lawmakers on Monday jointly proposed a total of 114 amendments to the country’s Constitution—including changes that would limit the role of the military and its commander-in-chief in politics. The move, a significant step in the effort to amend Myanmar’s undemocratic charter, follows a year of discussion and often heated debate in Parliament.

Malaysia: Mother of All Reform Bills to be Tabled in March: Pakatan to Restore Parliament’s Autonomy Raped & Gutted by 6 Decades of Umno-BN Hegemony – Bill to ‘Realize Non-Interference & Separation of Powers Between Executive, Legislature & Judiciary’, Says KOR MING.

In an interview with Oriental Daily, Nga said the bill will allow the legislature to be removed from the Prime Minister’s Department and, to a large extent, lead to a separation of powers as Parliament becomes an independent entity.

Indonesia: Indonesia’s Parliament to Prioritize Jobs, Tax, Capital Bills.

Indonesian lawmakers agreed to prioritize bills related to jobs, taxation and the relocation of the capital, key to President Joko Widodo’s efforts to boost investment and accelerate growth in Southeast Asia’s largest economy. The three omnibus bills are among the 50 priority legislation for debate and approval this year, Deputy Speaker Muhaimin Iskandar told a plenary session of the parliament in Jakarta on Wednesday.


The Committee on Trade and Industry, chaired by Rep. Weslie Gatchalian (1st District, Valenzuela City), and the Committee on Health, chaired by Rep. Angelina Tan (4th District, Quezon), held a joint hearing on Tuesday to continue their deliberations on measures seeking to regulate the manufacture, importation, packaging, use, sale, distribution, and advertisement of electronic nicotine delivery systems and electronic non-nicotine delivery systems (ENDS/ENNDS), and heated tobacco products (HTPs).