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Da Nang chairman forbids officials from giving Tet gifts to bosses

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 16:09 GMT+7

The chairman of Da Nang City in central Vietnam has prohibited all local government officials from giving gifts to their superiors during Tet.

The intervention is perceived as an effort to improve the administration’s integrity following recent scandals.

Chairman Huynh Duc Tho issued a dispatch on Tuesday morning to municipal departments and lower-level governments in the central port city.

Any form of gift-giving, regardless of whether the presents are cash or material gifts, is strictly forbidden among government officials during this year’s observation of Tet, or Lunar New Year.

Tet is the biggest public holiday in Vietnam, with celebrations starting at least one week in advance and lingering for another week after the first day of the new lunar year, which falls on February 16 this year.

Government bodies are also discouraged from receiving guests at the office, planning costly New Year visits, or using public assets for personal errands during the holiday season.

The Da Nang Administration Center ought not to be used for stockpiling Tet gifts for safety and security reasons, the dispatch by Chairman Tho reads.

Meanwhile, sanitary workers and officers who work through Tet in order to maintain cleanliness and order on the city’s streets will be rewarded adequately for their work, the chairman noted.

Huynh Duc Tho, chairman of Da Nang City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Huynh Duc Tho, chairman of Da Nang City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The dispatch is seen as the chairman’s effort to improve his administration’s integrity and public image, following recent scandals involving an estate mogul.

Phan Van Anh Vu, a.k.a. Vu ‘nhom’ (aluminum), a 42-year-old business tycoon notoriously referred to as the ‘mafia boss’ of Da Nang, was arrested earlier this month for allegedly leaking “state secrets” and manipulating the city’s lands.

He is believed to be the owner of numerous land plots at ‘prime locations’ across the central city, and played a role in several land transfers and the sale of publicly-owned houses during the tenure of former Da Nang Party chief Nguyen Ba Thanh and former chairman Tran Van Minh.

Vu even allegedly had threatened to have Chairman Tho fired for not agreeing to one of his demands.

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