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Dirty silk road
Sunday,  Dec 17,2017,22:07 (GMT+7)
When the Ministry of Industry and Trade early this week referred the Khaisilk case to the Ministry of Public Security for criminal investigation alongside findings from a weeks-long inspection, a gloomy picture has been unveiled. There has existed, for long, not just a trail, but a dirty silk road.
Power punch
Friday,  Dec 8,2017,22:47 (GMT+7)
When the Ministry of Industry and Trade convened an ad-hoc press conference last Thursday to explain the power price hike, not only journalists attending the event but also the public were stunned. It is not the increase - the average power tariff rising 6.08% to VND1,720.65 per kWh exclusive of tax – but rather the abrupt price change being announced on such short notice that wildly frustrates electricity users.
Child-haters
Saturday,  Dec 2,2017,01:33 (GMT+7)
The news has spread fast, leaving the society in all-out shock when it becomes known that three babysitters at a preschool facility named Mam Xanh in HCMC’s District 12 have cruelly abused little kids aged from two to six. Images shown in a video posted on Tuoi Tre Online early this week fuel widespread indignation when the three babysitters are seen beating the children, using available tools at hand such as towels, plastic cans, slippers and large spoons. Some kids are tossed, kicked in the body or the head, slapped in the face, or even threatened with a knife.
Buffer zone for the cheater
Friday,  Nov 24,2017,22:18 (GMT+7)
Signs of cheating by a property broker named Alibaba have surfaced for over two months, but responses from State management agencies and law enforcement bodies have not been matching the extent of the company’s fishy business, as covered in local media. Now, all relevant agencies have stepped in, but much of the reaction from authorities, to date, has been limited to warnings, although losses and damages have been inflicted.
Dr. Good-for-nothings
Friday,  Nov 17,2017,13:55 (GMT+7)
Questions and suspicions are awash when the Ministry of Education and Training last week put forth a scheme for improving the quality of lecturers at higher education institutions, the key component of which is to have an additional 9,000 holders of doctorate degrees between now and 2025. In explanations, the ministry states that the scheme is aimed to enhance the quality of education so as to improve the human resource meeting the economy’s greater demands during the new era of globalization when competition is tougher.
Tragically poor preparations
Friday,  Nov 10,2017,20:23 (GMT+7)
Early warnings of the approaching Tropical Storm Damrey, the 12th storm which struck the country this year, were repeatedly issued, orders given by authorities, and forces mobilized to cope with the ferocious storm, but the consequences are still highly damaging, sinking the public heart and conscience. Five days after the storm made landfall in south-central Vietnam last Saturday, the entire society is still reeling from the trail of massive devastation, as the natural calamity has killed as many as 89, while 18 others remain missing.
Losing customer trust forever
Friday,  Nov 3,2017,14:20 (GMT+7)
In the business world, trust is always the most valuable asset for companies to grow. Many enterprises in Vietnam seem to ignore this, though. Khaisilk, a high-end silk brand which has been in existence for more than 30 years, is among those enterprises as it has turned its back on its customers by resorting to malpractices.
A waste of the people’s money
Friday,  Oct 27,2017,13:45 (GMT+7)
A huge waste of financial resources is looming large as three condo buildings in Hanoi’s Long Bien District may be demolished following a proposal by the project owner. The three buildings, with 150 apartment units in total, have been left unoccupied for around 10 years, as people affected by a road project refused to take over the resettlement condos on the ground that such housing units were not suitable for them.
Man-made calamity
Friday,  Oct 20,2017,15:00 (GMT+7)
Flashfloods and landslides in recent days have claimed huge losses of human lives, with over 100 people reported dead or missing, let alone a great extent of property damages amounting to trillions of Vietnam dong. Unprecedented rainfalls triggered by climate change, measuring up to 500mm in some northern mountainous provinces within just a couple of days, has been pinpointed as the reason behind the great destruction, but the root cause that has aggravated the losses, as highlighted in local media, is man-made. It is deforestation.
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.
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