Interview of MPs B.Bat-Erdene, Ts.Davaasuren and G.Bayarsaikhan
Yesterday, 7 MPs including Ts.Davaasuren, Ts.Sedvanchig, B.Bat-Erdene, G.Bayarsaikhan and L.Gundalai met with Speaker of the Parliament and presented some requests. The MPs wanted the Speaker of the Parliament to pay more attention on issues such as supply of petroleum and freedom of media. The requests and statements of the MPs are as follows:
MP Ts.Davaasuren: The Speaker should pay more attention
We have sent request to the Speaker of the Parliament regarding common questions asked by the citizens and the voters. We tried to answer questions like what is the position of the state on unorganized mining and infrastructure in the south Gobi region. The position and the decision should be clear and requests were that the Speaker of the Parliament should organize this work. We should establish a mechanism in the state that organizes policies and plans of today’s mining creation. For example, we can establish temporary committee beside SGK. Roads are being paved, people are moving to Umnugobi province but some are unable to get jobs, some are hurt by accidents and some are less valued than foreign workers. That is why the people representative SGK and SGK’s Speaker should pay more attention to this.
MP G.Bayarsaikhan: Heads of the working groups have private interests
SGK establishes standing committees and deputy committees. Especially when we talk about mining and future of mining licenses then there are lots of private interests. We have discussed about this issue with the Speaker of the Parliament. Everyone agrees that a law needs to be implemented on illegal private interests. For example, standing committee on Environment, Food and Agriculture was established. The head of this committee himself holds few licenses. It is an example of law betrayal.
MP B.Bat-Erdene: Media freedom is affected by information failure
Mongolia is oil exporter country but we have talked about having a production factory for many years. Number of private companies requested government’s assistance on building factory to produce petroleum with their own finance. Why these works has not gone forward. We are in heavy supply shortage of petroleum and if agricultural works are not done this summer, we would have no food in the winter. Agricultural plantings are very seasonal but we are at halt because of supply issues. We could not simply say that enough petroleum will be purchased next month. Even the public transport is in very hard condition therefore more effort and time is needed for this issue.
Q: Is it true that you have presented a request for Minister D.Zorig’s resignation?
MP B.Bat-Erdene: Not this time but this issue will be brought up if the State policy implementer Minister is not doing his work properly. Mongolia has standards for mining to work environmentally friendly. Companies should pay fines for not following standards but no fines are being collected. At the end of the year 2010, it was reported that 254 licenses of enterprises were terminated and made frustrations in the society. As a final result it is making impossible for laws to be effective. Wrong information is given to the media and their freedom is in question.
The resignation issue of D.Zorigt Minister was discussed with the Speaker of the Parliament. His post will be questioned once again if he is not working for Mongolia’s interest. He just cannot be two faced and do something different. The question of resignation of D.Zorigt is still open and we will stand firm on our position. They already started insulting and attacking us through the media but we will not step back because we are here to protect our motherland, environment and people’s interests.