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Public health at stake
Friday,  Oct 6,2017,14:25 (GMT+7)
All and every people in HCMC may have eaten poisonous meat due to huge flaws in the food safety control system. This presumption is ascertained after police and inspectors last week busted a large-scale ring where thousands of pigs were found to be injected with sedative drugs, sending waves of panic among millions of consumers in the city.
When public confidence is lost
Saturday,  Sep 30,2017,01:32 (GMT+7)
To the public, the theft may not seem to be a big one in terms of value, when an official reports the missing of VND385 million from his baggage inside a hotel room in Long An Province this Monday. However, most – if not all – newspapers in the country have given an extensive coverage of the case, and surprisingly still, the story has captured widespread attention, with feedback from readers overwhelming local media.
Interventionist management
Friday,  Sep 22,2017,13:52 (GMT+7)
In education, each stakeholder should have a separate role. The teacher – and the school in a wider sense – is mandated to convey knowledge in the most efficient way; the student needs to maximize learning to earn good academic record; and the State management agency should create the best corridor for educational development. Each stakeholder should understand well its role.
Commercialized education
Friday,  Sep 15,2017,21:39 (GMT+7)
Public education, especially at elementary level, is free in principle as the Government wants to ensure that all children can go to school, and has earmarked sizeable funds for education, estimated at 20% of the country’s annual State budget. Like elsewhere around the world, education should not be a financial burden for parents who send their children to public schools.
The slowing locomotive
Friday,  Sep 8,2017,16:26 (GMT+7)
The locomotive is still on the track, but it has switched to economical mode to save on fuel, which is the reason behind its deceleration. The metaphor fits well for HCMC, which has always been likened to a locomotive tasked with pulling the national economy along. However, a good railway is not there to ensure that the train will not jump the track, and sufficient fuel is not supplied for it to maintain or accelerate the velocity.
From a child’s perspective
Friday,  Sep 1,2017,18:36 (GMT+7)
The aim is quite beautiful, but the outcome – as generally perceived – looks ugly when noisy colors take to the street in HCMC these days. Enthusiasm is more than enough among many young people who are trying hard to give new coatings to public places, from the covers of water drains to electric poles, with the purpose of arousing public awareness on environmental protection, but what is regrettably lacking is the professional skill of craftsmen or artists. And, says local media, such efforts are spoiling the cityscape rather than beautifying it.
Healthcare in crisis
Friday,  Aug 25,2017,20:50 (GMT+7)
The society is submerged in shockwaves as the ongoing court hearing over fake drugs unfolds. Criminals will be punished when the court wraps up its hearing tomorrow, but the public confidence in the country’s healthcare sector has been extensively sapped, as several serious problems are unveiled.
Means and end on the wrong side
Friday,  Aug 18,2017,16:42 (GMT+7)
It takes for granted that even the right end cannot justify the wrong means. In the saga surrounding the public objection to the tollgate placed on National Highway 1 in Tien Giang Province, however, it is now uncovered that both the end and the means are on the wrong side.
Happy ending
Friday,  Aug 11,2017,13:56 (GMT+7)
The heated controversy over a license issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to allow for sinking nearly one million cubic meters of waste into waters off the coast of Binh Thuan Province has finally come to an end. This Wednesday, the ministry announced its decision to back off from the dumping plan, saying the huge amount of the so-called material will be used to level a ship lock area encroaching on the sea as a component of Vinh Tan General Port project nearby, thus alleviating the fearsome threat to the marine environment.
The failure of education
Friday,  Aug 4,2017,14:33 (GMT+7)
Failure stories have been heard loudly over the past few days when outstanding students gaining excellent scores at the national high school graduation examinations are denied enrollment in certain top-notch universities. Students are tearful, parents are frustrated, and schools say it is none of their business when gifted students are not admitted and see their future hopes dashed as the academic year is set to begin next month.
Patients at risk
Friday,  Jul 28,2017,22:40 (GMT+7)
Scores of little boys, some only two months old, have recently contracted human papillomavirus, or HPV, which is more often a sexually-transmitted disease found in adults, and the culprit accused of spreading the disease is a physician in the northern province of Hung Yen. The healthcare crisis, so to say, poses huge questions as to why an epidemic-scale outburst of the disease – which is not easily transmitted if protective measures are taken – can occur, and why State agencies from the Health Ministry to provincial and district-level public health bodies have failed to check it.
When laws are at odds
Friday,  Jul 21,2017,16:27 (GMT+7)
Over one million drivers are finding themselves stuck between the hammer and the anvil as traffic police these days intensify checks and punish those failing to show original vehicle ownership certificates. The problem is that a great number of people use such ownership cards as collateral to take out loans from banks to buy vehicles and are provided scanned copies of ownership certificates, while police insist that failing to produce the original document while on the road is a violation of the traffic law. The sticky situation, according to local media, will not only affect drivers, but will also hamper transport enterprises and put credit institutions at risk if a solution is not soon worked out by relevant State agencies.
Sinking the environment
Friday,  Jul 14,2017,14:28 (GMT+7)
Grave concern is the overwhelming perception in all walks of life following a recent decision by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to allow Vinh Tan 1 Power Company Ltd. to sink nearly one million cubic meters of sand and mud into the waters off Binh Thuan Province. As per the decision issued a fortnight ago, the company, owner of Vinh Tan 1 Thermopower Plant, is given three months till the end of October to dump that huge volume of sand and mud onto the seabed eight kilometers from the Hon Cau Marine Protected Area. Such a move, according to local media, is feared to pollute a large swathe of the sea in the long term, despite assurances from the ministry to safeguard the environment.
Moral depravity
Friday,  Jul 7,2017,10:29 (GMT+7)
With a strong resolve to build an enabling government to serve the public and the corporate sector, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc does not tolerate corrupt and morally depraved officials, and interest groups. There is no forbidden territory in the fight against corruption to restore discipline and confidence in the political system, he says. The endeavor has begun paying off, with multiple corrupt officials brought to light, and this is evident in local media's extensive coverage of tough sanctions against high-ranking officials who violated Party rules and State regulations.
The cost of negligence
Friday,  Jun 30,2017,21:11 (GMT+7)
The heritage has been damaged to an unrecoverable extent when the tomb of a concubine of King Tu Duc under the Nguyen Dynasty was bulldozed last week in a project to develop a parking lot in the former imperial city of Hue. It is not an act of sabotage, but rather an unintentional activity to upgrade related facilities for visitors to the mausoleum of King Tu Duc. However, it is the negligence on the part of both the developer and local authorities that result in the irreparable consequence.
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