Yet another controversy
Friday,  Jul 25,2014,10:23 (GMT+7)
As many questions remain unanswered after the rules banning smoking in public places and vending substandard foods on the street fell into oblivion shortly after the dates they took effect, a new wave of queries has emerged around a law drafted by the Ministry of Health to set a time limit on alcohol sale in the country.
Fake gold
Friday,  Jul 18,2014,16:29 (GMT+7)
The project used to be touted as a gold-quality one, costing as much as VND1.5 trillion, or roughly US$72 million, to bring water from Hoa Binh Province to supply some one million residents in Hanoi City. It used to glitter for a short while, but it does not now. It turns out to be fake gold.
Consumers’ defenselessness
Friday,  Jul 11,2014,09:56 (GMT+7)
All reasons sound rightful when the Ministry of Finance early this week issued a decision allowing oil traders to raise petrol prices to a new high of nearly VND26,000 per liter of the standard RON92. As such, within a fortnight, the petrol price was hiked twice, and since early this year, consumers have witnessed petrol prices increase five times. All end-users of petrol, from individuals to companies, have no other choice but to accept the grim reality although, as covered in local media, there are no good reasons for the price hike.
Information chaos
Friday,  Jul 4,2014,06:21 (GMT+7)
From local media to traffic police as law enforcement forces – and consequently all walks of life – it was all understood that punitive sanctions would be imposed on motorcycle riders wearing substandard crash helmets starting from July 1. On that very day, the widely-perceived rule turned out to be a big hoax.
Responsibility reassessed
Friday,  Jun 27,2014,13:40 (GMT+7)
The responsibility looks all crystal clear to be on VietJetAir when one of its flights mistakenly transported passengers from Hanoi to Cam Ranh Airport in the coastal city of Nha Trang last Thursday, instead of Dalat City in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. The incident first looked like a little irritation when at length the plane after landing at Cam Ranh Airport redirected its route to safely take all guests to the final destination in Dalat. But, it is more harmful than it looks. It is a deadly fault of the whole system. It really is.
Perfection undesirable
Friday,  Jun 20,2014,09:37 (GMT+7)
There seems to be far-reaching satisfaction following the high-school graduation exam this month. Students rejoice, their parents take a huge sigh of relief, and educators find their efforts pay off, as roughly 99% of students have passed the exam. Such perfection, however, is by no means abnormal in a sense that the outcome has been anticipated. But the aftertaste is not that sweet, as the so-called success, for many nail-biting observers, hints at failure for society.
Inattentive governance
Friday,  Jun 13,2014,09:24 (GMT+7)
Good governance, as a matter of course, is desirable, since it helps improve efficiency, enhance control, and make goals more achievable, as along as such goals are cost-effective and beneficial to all stakeholders. Policy-makers, however, have in many instances gone to extremes in pursuing good governance merely for the sake of management, and the controversy these days about the new draft law on ID cards being debated at the National Assembly is typical of this flaw. It fails to attend to the people.
Off with dependency
Friday,  Jun 6,2014,09:06 (GMT+7)
Economic ties with China are important for Vietnam’s economy, which is evident in the huge bilateral trade volume and other bustling business activities between the two neighbors. But that is not a win-win scenario when Vietnam for years on end has suffered from a huge trade deficit with China, and the issue is all the more worrying alongside the deployment early last month of a giant Chinese oil rig in Vietnam’s waters. Such a topic overwhelmed a session this Monday of the National Assembly (NA), where deputies raised the common voice urging the Government to quickly take measures to prepare for the worst-case scenarios if rather than when China goes to the extremes to resort to economic sanctions.
The unlabored way
Friday,  May 30,2014,11:06 (GMT+7)
Proposals to raise the retirement age to address the social insurance solvency problem that is looming large took center stage at a question-and-answer session of the National Assembly’s sitting in Hanoi on May 29. The draft amendments to the Law on Social Insurance stirred up controversies and met stiff objections as the Labor Ministry in the draft has sought the easier solution rather than laboriously working out a better way to ensure balanced benefits for the people when they reach the retirement age. Debates at the ongoing NA session as well as opinions from seminars on the topic earlier unveil a very questionable stance of the ministry in this regard.
Healing the wound
Friday,  May 23,2014,10:10 (GMT+7)
The pain inflicted by the violent worker protests in Binh Duong Province and a couple of other localities early this month in the wake of China’s illegal deployment of an oil rig and many escort ships in Vietnamese waters is deeply felt, not only by foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) but by the entire country as well. FIEs have long been regarded as an integral part of the national economy. All relevant State agencies have rolled up their sleeves to help the affected enterprises resume business operations as soon as possible and thus quickly heal the wound.
The wrongful message
Friday,  May 16,2014,08:31 (GMT+7)
There is, needless to say, a very good reason behind the public outrage and indignation these days as people from all walks of life feel deeply hurt following China’s illegal stationing of a giant oil rig in Vietnam’s waters in the East Sea.
Shame on the big name
Friday,  May 9,2014,11:30 (GMT+7)
China’s much-touted propaganda of ‘peaceful rise’ no longer delivers value as the mask has finally fallen off these days, showing to the international community the real face of an economic superpower always pursuing the ambition of occupying neighboring countries’ territories and taking international justice into its own hand. The gross violation on the part of China by placing a giant oilrig in Vietnam’s territorial waters these days and China’s aggressive, shameless show of force against Vietnamese vessels point out that very truth: the Chinese greed is on.
Management vacuum
Friday,  May 2,2014,21:25 (GMT+7)
The Ministry of Education has finally withdrawn its new textbook revision scheme worth as much as VND34.5 trillion, or roughly US$1.7 billion, after the ministry’s top leaders fail the simple test of how and where to spend the colossal budget. All such officials, from the minister to deputy ministers and department leaders, are unaware – or at least unknowledgeable – of why such a huge investment is needed and how education will benefit from the costly scheme.
Conquering the bumpy road
Friday,  Apr 25,2014,15:09 (GMT+7)
Just imagine long fleets of heavily-laden trucks are plying every corner of the country, damaging all roads, new and old, threatening to collapse bridges, causing frequent traffic accidents, and putting lives and livelihoods of people at stake, and one will understand why the campaign to fight overweight trucks these days has garnered a widespread public consensus. But the fight against the deep-rooted malpractice is proving tough, and the road ahead is a bumpy one.
In the other’s court
Saturday,  Apr 19,2014,00:21 (GMT+7)
Over 100 people have died of measles or measles-related diseases in the past few weeks, while many hospitals are now flooded with hundreds – if not thousands – of patients being rushed to such medical facilities each day, yet the Ministry of Health has not rung any big bell of alarm.
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