Vietnamese NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan delivers a remark at the ASEAN Leaders' Interface with AIPA Representatives within the framework of the 36th ASEAN Summit on June 26. (Photo: VNA)
– The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) should be
more proactive in brain-storming among lawmakers in the region on how to collectively
cope with COVID-19, said a Singaporean scholar.
new law concerning travel bubbles and quarantine exemption for frequent
travellers, Dr. Termsak Chalermpalanupap, who is a visiting fellow with ISEAS –
Yusof Ishak Institute, told Vietnam News Agency ahead the 41st AIPA General
Assembly which will be held virtually by Vietnam from September 8 – 10.
pressing issue confronting many ASEAN societies, certainly in Vietnam and
Thailand, is the arrogance of Facebook and Western-owned social media platforms
in skirting domestic laws and promoting dissent under the pretext of freedom of
speech,” he said.
urged ASEAN member states' legislators under AIPA should come together to
figure out how to formulate new common laws to protect regional social harmony
and to tax these operators of highly lucrative social media platforms.
He said he is
confident that Vietnamese lawmakers are fully aware of the need for all
legislatures in ten ASEAN members to coordinate their domestic laws and to
harmonize them with regional commitments in ASEAN.
need to keep track of all ASEAN agreements signed by leaders and ministers,” he
continued, “they are not self-executing; they mostly need ratification so that
they are legally binding in the domestic national context.”/.