Mya Wun Yan — This past weekend local civic groups and the City Development Committee joined hands with recently elected parlimentary candidates from the National League for Democracy (NLD) to pick up trash in Shan State’s capital Taunggyi.
The NLD's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has since winning last month's election launched a new campaign to cleanup trash across Burma. As she cleaned up garbage in her own constituency near Rangoon on Sunday, victorious NLD candidates across the country did so as well. Large numbers of local people have also joined NLD in their effort to rid the country of trash.
“Because Taunggyi has won the Asean Environmental Conservation Award I believe everyone has to work hard for cleanliness of the city,” said Ma Thazin Kyaw from the Taunggyi Cherry Lovers Group.
Youths from another group called Sein Lan Myay (Green Land) Group have been picking up trash in Taunggyi every Saturday. Another group Doe Chit Tae Kabar (Our Beloved Earth) and Cherry Pone Yeik (Cherry Image) group have been planting trees and giving environmental education.
The Taunggyi City Development Committee and Hmway Taunggyi Garbage Collection Service also joined the NLD with their cleanup activities over the weekend.