Jan 25, 2013

Vietnam - Omitting corruption - why the inspector’s responsibility not in consideration?

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VietNamNet Bridge – Inspectors and auditors investigated Vinashin and Vinalines for many times without detecting any problems. When corruption was detected, why are the responsibility of inspectors and auditors not considered? It is the question of the Vice Chair of the National Assembly’s Justice Committee--Nguyen Dinh Quyen.

The inspectorate’s responsibility for omitting corruption

At the National Assembly Standing Committee’s meeting on January 23, the government Chief Inspector--Nguyen Van Thanh, reported on the implementation of the amended Anti-Corruption Law, the decrees on asset and income transparency, the accountability of public officials, officers, heads of state agencies in the implementation of the provisions on transparency in operations will be submitted to the Government.

In February, the decree detailing a number of articles of the Anti-Corruption Law will be submitted to the Government for consideration. Some draft documents detailing and guiding the implementation of the law has also completed and will be submitted to the Government in the first quarter of 2013.

Concerning the changes in the organizational model of the Steering Committee for Combating Corruption at the central and local levels, Thanh said that the Government inspectorate has not noticed any problems arising in the coordination and handling of corruption.

Vice head of the Central Committee for Internal Affairs--Pham Anh Tuan, said that the Politburo had decided to set up this committee as an advisory body of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-corruption last December, with six groups of tasks.

The Politburo has assigned the Central Committee on Internal Affairs to build the scheme to transfer personnel from the Central Steering Committee for Anti-corruption under the Government to the Central Committee on Internal Affairs. On February 1, the Central Steering Committee on Anti-corruption will officially operate.

Member of the National Assembly’s Committee of Justice--Nguyen Manh Cuong, quoted the Chief Government Inspector’s speech at the NA session in late 2012 on the limited ability of inspectors in detecting acts of corruption. Cuong asked whether the Government Inspectorate has any specific measures to strengthen the capacity level of inspectors and to handle the responsibility of the inspectors who omitting corruption.

Vice Chairman of the NA’s Committee for Justice--Nguyen Dinh Quyen, said that voters and people across the country are most interested in the effectiveness of anti-corruption after the law is amended.

Quyen agreed with the view to improving accountability of inspectors. According to him, it must be specified that if the inspectors make good conclusion after their inspection then violations are exposed, the inspectors’ responsibility must be considered.

"We have suggested this many times to avoid such cases like Vinashin and Vinalines, where were audited and inspected many times without detecting any problems. Just let it be, when the corruption occurred but the accountability of the previous inspectors is not considered, it is a problem," Quyen said.

On the other hand, Deputy Chairman of the NA’s Justice Committee--Nguyen Van Luat, proposed to further specify the conditions for corruptors’ probation because the public is uneasy about this.

Clarify the situation "suddenly suffering from mental disease"

Commenting on the report of the Ministry of Public Security on the prevention of crime and law violation, Luat said that the voters and the people praised the police for taking drastic measures to crack down on crime violations. Therefore, the crime situation in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other key areas in the country had a positive change.

However, he also questioned whether in the previous period the police did not made the anti-crime task drastically so crime became blatant?

Deputy Chair of the NA’s Justice Committee--Le Thi Nga, also said that after the 4th NA session in November, the NA has been very concerned about the situation of robbery, murder in HCM City and Binh Duong. Nga said that to ensure the safety of people's lives on the road, the police have a great responsibility. Nga proposed the police to expand the anti-crime model of Hanoi.

Nga added that raising the responsibility of the head is also a solution. "Where do thieves operate blatantly, the responsibility of that place’s police chief should be considered. Officers who do not meet the task must be replaced early to ensure safety for the life of the people,” she said.

According to Nga, the public is very upset with the factor that some brutal murders are suddenly recognized as mental patient before they are trialed. She said that the ring to trade mental records that was detected recently by the local media is the answer for this fact. She asked to clarify this phenomenon because if it is true.

On the other hand, according to Nga, in the community there are millions of people with mental illness but not in the record and under the management of the health authorities, leading to painful consequences.
Compiled by Tran Cham

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