The reaction of National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to the results of tests for hundreds of new NLD MPs has focussed attention on how well prepared they will be for their roles after the new government takes office.
A disappointed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told the MPs they had failed the tests, with lawmakers from Yangon and Mandalay performing the worst. Some MPs had scored zero, she said at the meeting in the Zabuthiri hall at the Union Parliament on March 1.
The scale of the NLD’s victory in the November elections made training a critical issue for the party because of the hundreds of victorious candidates without parliamentary experience.
The NLD won 390 of the 491 contested seats in the Union Parliament, 475 of the 630 available seats in state and regional assemblies and 21 of the 29 seats reserved for ethnic minorities.
The party responded to the situation by providing a series of courses in parliamentary procedures for its newly-elected MPs in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon in December and January. The courses were followed by tests, with the results passed to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.