NLD chief leads the way on trash clean-up

She has ordered party members, including newly elected MPs, to start picking up trash in their constituencies nationwide.

Reporters and photographers covering the event were not exempt. She barely spoke to reporters, except to instruct them to join in the effort.

NLD spokesperson U Win Htein told The Myanmar Times yesterday the idea was to show that NLD MPs would serve the people, without getting above themselves.

“Being an MP is no excuse for being conceited,” he said.

The party has told its members in every township in the country to collect litter, not just now but every week, alongside municipal dustmen.

Loikaw, Kayah State, resident U Sein Win, not a party member, said he supports the NLD campaign because of what he calls the long-standing failure of local authorities to keep his local streets clean.

“We wouldn’t have to do this if the municipal authorities did their duty,” he said.

Writer and environmentalist Ko Tar said he understood the NLD’s attempt to change people’s mindset. “We’re moving forward to be a new country,” he said.

Ma Zin Mar Aung, NLD MP for Yankin township, said the party had ordered members, including her, out into the streets to educate people against littering and encourage them to keep their neighbourhood cleans and improve public health.

“This campaign has already begun to change the country and make people more responsible for themselves,” she said.

Ko Wai Phyo Aung, NLD MP for Thaketa township, said the campaign was a simple way of getting people to change their behaviour.

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