Mon State Parliament Approves New Minister

Tun Min Aung, a 43-year-old ethnic Mon MP, is picked to lead the state’s newly formed Ministry of Immigration and Human Resources.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Mon State parliament approved the appointment of Tun Min Aung, a 43-year-old ethnic Mon MP originally from the village of Dayel in Chaungsone Township, to head the state government’s newly formed Ministry of Immigration and Human Resources.

The MP for Poung Township’s Constituency-1 was nominated for the cabinet position by the state’s chief minister, Aye Zan, on Monday during the current 2/2019 emergency session of parliament. MPs unanimously approved of the choice in a vote held the same day.

“The Mon State parliament has agreed to appoint U Tun Min Aung to the position of minister of immigration and human resources,” parliamentary chairperson Tin Ei told NMG.

According to the chairperson, the nominee was duly selected by the chief minister based upon his qualifications and was therefore approved by parliament in line with the requirements of the Constitution.

Under Article 262 of the Constitution, the nominee must now be approved by the president.

“The president still needs to appoint me as a minister. Then I will have to take an oath. Then I will be a minister. As an MP, I have worked for people. As a minister, I believe I will continue to work for our people, including those in my constituency,” Tun Min Aung told NMG.

The Mon State government has previously appointed two ministers who were not sitting members of parliament. This time, however, it decided to choose from among the ranks of active MPs.

There are a total of 11 ministries in the Mon State government, including the newly formed Ministry of Immigration and Human Resources.

The other ministries are the Ministry of Security and Border Affairs; the Ministry of Electricity, Energy and Industry; the Ministry of Social Affairs; the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Transportation; the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment; the Ministry of Planning and Finance; the Ministry of Construction and Municipal Affairs; the Ministry of Bamar Ethnic Affairs; the Ministry of Pa-O Ethnic Affairs; and the Ministry of Kayin Ethnic Affairs.