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.
Subscribers’ vexation
Friday,  Jun 23,2017,09:50 (GMT+7)
Enhancing the effectiveness of State management for the benefit of the society is a justifiable goal, but it is also generally agreed that even the right end cannot justify the means. When the means employed to achieve a righteous end causes public disturbance, tough reactions and protests are understandable. That can be the case of a new rule requiring all mobile phone subscribers to have their portraits submitted to mobile carriers to facilitate State management.
Dirty business
Friday,  Jun 16,2017,23:30 (GMT+7)
The business deals by two shipbuilding companies to build steel boats for fishermen in the central province of Binh Dinh have finally turned out to be dirty tricks. The final products delivered to the fishermen are simply unusable, as the parties involved have infringed key terms in the contracts with the fishermen to maximize their illegal gains, a case that comes under sharp criticism in local media these days.
Fatal incompetence
Friday,  Jun 9,2017,09:08 (GMT+7)
The issue surrounding Son Tra Peninsula becomes sizzling hot in local media again, but taking center stage this time around is not tourism development itself, but the incompetence at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism when dealing with criticism of tourism development on the peninsula. Behind the clumsy management by the ministry and its subordinate agency Vietnam National Administration for Tourism (VNAT), one can still see how tourism authorities are preoccupied with the determination to tap Son Tra.
Painful competition
Friday,  Jun 2,2017,19:48 (GMT+7)
In any competition in a market economy, what is desirable is a win-win scenario for all stakeholders, from market players to consumers and the national economy as a whole. To obtain this scenario, the State role as a market regulator is indispensable.
Absence of common voice
Friday,  May 26,2017,22:45 (GMT+7)
The tug of war between environment advocacy groups seeking to protect Son Tra Peninsula in the central coast city of Danang on one side and tourism authorities insisting on observing the tourism development master plan on the other is becoming all the tougher. For months on end, a war of words has dragged on, and both sides wield very strong weapons to defend their positions.
The tax dilemma
Friday,  May 19,2017,22:18 (GMT+7)
A tentative scheme to impose a high environment tax on fuels is put forth, despite strong objections in the recent past whenever the issue was let fly. This time again, protests from experts and economists are even more vigorous, when the so-called environment tax policy is designed to not protect the environment but to increase State budget revenue, evident in a seminar in Hanoi this week.
For the sake of procedures
Friday,  May 12,2017,09:54 (GMT+7)
The question about responsibility in the case of a batch of expensive cancer medicine being destroyed due to expiration has remained unanswered, as all related agencies stress that they have observed all required procedures.
Coming to pig farmers’ rescue
Friday,  May 5,2017,15:37 (GMT+7)
Pig farmers across the country have been suffering huge losses, as the live pig price has for months on end plunged far below production cost due to a supply glut. It is understandable, therefore, when the Government rallies support from all walks of life to come to pig farmers’ rescue.
State-sponsored deforestation
Friday,  Apr 28,2017,13:19 (GMT+7)
The question of competence and ineptness emerges these days in Phu Yen Province when large swathes of the protective forest there are chopped down to make room for tourism projects. The apparent violations, unfortunately, are not attributed to investors whose aim is to pursue profits, but to State management agencies in the south-central province whose mandate is to safeguard balanced and sustainable development.
Anniversary syndrome
Friday,  Apr 21,2017,21:04 (GMT+7)
Budget overspending has long been a big headache for the Government, as the deficit – hovering around 5% or more a year – makes inroads into investment for development. In fact, investment as a percentage of the State budget has been continuously falling over the years because regular expenses have devoured the better part of State coffers. However, a sizeable part of such regular expenses has wastefully gone to anniversaries.
Singing a different tune
Friday,  Apr 14,2017,09:24 (GMT+7)
The musical landscape has been turned upside down when the public this week learned that numerous popular songs have not been approved, meaning performing such musical pieces is illegal. The whole story, in fact, began last month when several songs were banned due to what officials described as unsuitable contents and copyright issues, but it reached a feverish pitch when Hue Medical University was told that four songs by late composer Trinh Cong Son the school planned for an internal show this month had not been legalized.
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