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D1 Official Doan Ngoc Hai to Take a Break From Clearing Sidewalks

After six weeks of demolition and vehicle-towing, District 1’s sidewalk crusader is taking a break.

On Wednesday, Vice Chairman of the District 1 People’s Committee Doan Ngoc Hai told Zing reporters that he will be staying off the sidewalks for the foreseeable future. However, that doesn’t mean Hai’s sidewalk-clearing campaign is over: the official has tasked local ward officials with continuing his efforts throughout District 1 and across the city.

“I have temporarily stopped,” Hai told Zing in Vietnamese. “The business of clearing sidewalks will be handed over to the wards. All difficult cases which ward officials cannot handle, I will personally resolve.”

Hai’s efforts, which began on February 16, have earned the politician praise from higher-level city officials, including Ho Chi Minh City Party Secretary Dinh La Thang, and have since sparked similar sidewalk-clearing campaigns in several other cities, such as Hanoi, Nha Trang, Can Tho, Hue and Hai Phong.

[Photo via Giai Tri Ti]

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