Archive for April, 2008

THE WORLD: Roll over, Ho Chi Minh; Vietnam Moves from Clenched fists to greased Palms

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2008 by tunguyen08

This article is about an increasingly corrupt city, and when government officials agree to be interviewed they often as not arrive for the meeting out of breath. I saw that the pretty corruption is not new anywhere in Vietnam. The Vietnamese will tell you that there have always been Communist Party officials willing to do favors, such as fix a street, find a job, and help a neighbor’s child into college. They do that for a small bribe. This threat now is big money corruption. It has been a problem for years in the south, in part because there is so much more money, in part because of the culture of corruption left by a succession of South Vietnamese governments. They acknowledge that the government has opened corruption investigations on thousands o officials annually and that, since the early 1980’s, nearly 20000 state employees have been jailed or disciplined for corruption. The government investigators say that companies run by the Energy Ministry submitted falsified invoices to the Government for 4000 tons of steel for the project but delivered only 2000 tons. At least $300,000 is said to be missing. Do Duc Dinh, an economist with Hanoi’s Institute on World Economies, said the corruption problem is now so serious that, by warping the government’s decision-making process, it could undermine the free-market reforms that are promising to bring Vietnam billions of dollars in foreign investment. I think, everywhere there is examples corruption. For example; if you want to have a phone installed, and you put your name on the official list, you’ll have to wait for several months, but you want the phone now, you can have it if you pay $200,000 VND.


Interesting article!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 18, 2008 by tunguyen08

I have found an example of corruption in a video from The name of the video is “Video canh sat giao thong bi to cao nhan tien.” The video is about an officer that stopped a local. In the video, can see that the officer takes a bill away from a person that violated the rules, this second Lieutenant immediately put this bill in the middle of his hand book. Then he carefully looks in front of him and behind, he opens the hand book, and then takes the bill put into his pocket. Today, I brought some printed pictures of that video as a visual aid. I think this is one of the main problems that citizens have to put up with.

Another example is given by the video “Công An Cướp Biểu Ngữ Của Dân Oan” on The local citizens are protesting and saying that someone is innocent. As they protest they draw the attention of officials and the second Lieutenant official takes away their poster and stops them from protesting. The man was put away due to corruption and they tried to protest, but in Vietnam’s people can’t speak their mind freely. I’m sick of the level of corruption in Vietnam; it’s rampant, uncontrollable and unavoidable. I’m angry but even sadder because the members of the government are eating away Vietnam little by little.

dogged by corruption

Posted in Uncategorized on April 8, 2008 by tunguyen08

This article is about the Vietnam’s economy on the upswing, dogged by corruption.

Do Trong Ngoan, a lawmaker from Bac Giang province, raised the issue of who should be held accountable when the government is involved in corruption cases and how the government should deal with it. They found the way to fight for social justice as well as prevent and resist corruption by members of the government. They will stop officials from buying and selling public land, the National Assembly suggested for instance that there should be stricter enforcement of laws against violators. National Assembly Speaker Nguyen Phu Trong said “in the future the National Assembly plans greater scrutiny of government activities as they affect the people”.  

I’m sick of the level of corruption in Vietnam; it’s rampant, uncontrollable and unavoidable. I’m angry but even sadder because the members of the government eating away Vietnam little by little.