Ho Chi Minh City ‘sidewalk-clearing’ icon Doan Ngoc Hai resigns from all positions

Doan Ngoc Hai, deputy chairman of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1, has handed in his letter of resignation from all positions, keeping his promise that he would resign if he could not bring order to the district’s sidewalks and saying officials backed the intest groups benefiting from footpath occupation. An official from the People’s Committee of District 1 has confirmed Hai’s resignation on Monday. In his letter which he submitted before a meeting among District 1 leaders, Hai said the reason for his resignation was because he had “failed to deliver on his promises to the people,” seeing the sidewalks of downtown Ho Chi Minh City once again being occupied and encroached by parked vehicles and street vendors. “Between January and October 2017, my efforts to restore order to the streets of District 1 had generated a positive impact on a national scale, being held in high regard by the prime minister,” Hai wrote in the letter. “However, my actions had interfered with the interests of the many parking lots, hotels, restaurants, and households that reaped huge profits – of thousands of billions of Vietnamese dong [multimillion dollars] – from the district’s sidewalks, as well as those of a significant number of officials who have a symbiotic relationship with those violators,” Hai continued. Hai wrote that he felt he had not fulfilled his promise or lived up to the expectations of retired officials who supported his ‘sidewalk-clearing’ campaign. “Therefore, resignation is an adequate option,” he wrote. Doan Ngoc Hai gestures… [Read full story]

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