Wednesday, January 25, 2012

NLD member sets shirt on fire in protest


Wednesday, 25 January 2012 12:01 Kyaw Kha

(Mizzima) – A National League for Democracy (NLD) member set fire to his shirt bearing an NLD logo on Monday in objection to NLD electoral candidate Tin Tin Yi.

He set himself on fire in front of the NLD office in Myeik Township, Tanintharyi Region.

He told people he objected to Tin Tin Yi’s candidacy because she had neglected the Myeik Township NLD in times of trouble, and she did not deserve to be an NLD candidate, according to eyewitness NLD members.

“He said in front of the office that she neglected the party for 20 years. She contacted the party only after it had decided to contest in the by-elections,” Launglon Township NLD candidate Aung Soe told Mizzima.
A Myeik Township NLD member told Mizzima, “Tin Tin Yi is rich. The young member feels upset because Tin Tin Yi was given the position that the members who sacrificed for the sake of the party for many years should hold. We discussed it this morning and now everything is ok.”

To contest in the coming April 1 by-election, the NLD chose its candidates based on gender balance and a priority to residents, well-educated people and people who have relevant experience. The central NLD reviewed the nominations made by NLD canvassing committees and decided who would be appointed as candidates.

“Our central NLD does not know Tin Tin Yi. The NLD officials of the region made the list, and we chose candidates. We don’t know whether the reason for the objection is correct or not,” NLD spokesman Nyan Win told Mizzima.

Thirteen out of 48 NLD candidates are women. Tin Tin Yi will contest for a Lower House parliamentary seat in Kyunzu in Myeik District.

In the 2010 general elections, Industry Minister Soe Thein of the Union Solidarity and Development Party [USDP] won the seat.         

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