Chin USDP members forced to wear uniform
22 November 2013: Chin members of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) said that they were forced to wear their party uniform during a recent official visit to Chin State by Chairman Thura Shwe Mann.
They complained that the authorities of the Chin State government ordered them to put on a ‘white shirt’ and a ‘green longyi‘ to greet Thura Shwe Mann when he arrived in Hakha.
A USDP member from Thantlang told Chinland Guardian: “We were told to be dressed in our party’s attire. But I didn’t wear it because it was very cold and I am not healthy. So I came out in our Chin costume.”
Some members including ministers and government officials had to change their dress near a red-carpet area minutes before the arrival of their party’s leader as they were not informed in advance.
A government employee from Hakha said that he was told to take off his Chin clothes, and to put on taikpon, a collarless Manchu Chinese jacket, and longyi, a sarong worn by men.
Thura Shwe Mann, Speaker of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, made his first visit to the country’s least developed state last week, stopping at Tedim, Hakha and Mindat towns.#