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Binh Dinh’s Tourism Dept director dismissed for playing golf amid pandemic

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Nguyen Van Dung, director of the Department of Tourism of the south-central province of Binh Dinh, has been removed from his post for playing golf while the province was practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The provincial government also issued a warning against him. He was transferred to the provincial Department of Home Affairs, the local media reported.

Huynh Cao Nhat, deputy director of the Binh Dinh Department of Tourism, is now in charge of the department.

The Binh Dinh Party Committee’s Inspection Board had earlier issued warnings against Dung, Nguyen Cong Thanh, deputy director of the Binh Dinh Department of Taxation, and Huynh Thi Kim Binh, director of the provincial Tourism Promotion Center.

The Binh Dinh government has also asked Huynh Cao Nhat to consider dismissing Binh from her post.

On July 31 and August 1, Dung, Thanh and two businessmen played golf at a course in Nhon Ly Commune, Quy Nhon City. During that time, they came into contact with a female employee at the golf course, who later tested positive for Covid-19.

Dung and Thanh were later suspended from work.

Thanh reasoned that he came to the golf course at the invitation of the Binh Dinh Tourism Promotion Center to survey the golf course to set up processes and criteria to use the services there.

Binh, director of the Tourism Promotion Center, was found to have signed the invitation to help Dung and Thanh hide their violations.

The violations of Dung, Thanh and Binh were serious, sparkling public concern and hurting the prestige of the Party organizations and local authorities.

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