How do you respond to the High Court’s decision to
launch court cases against quite a few high ranking Vietnamese officials?
Many interest groups of senior Vietnamese officials
have been brought to light. For example, in Đồng Nai Province, next door to
Hồ Chí Minh City, just a year ago, Phan Thị Mỹ Thanh, Deputy Secretary of
the Provincial Party Committee, was stripped of all her positions in both
the provincial Party and administration. The main reason was that she had
signed many documents helping her husband’s company win the bids in many
large projects in the province.
More recently, many senior leaders from the Đồng Nai
Police Department and Provincial Interior Affairs Department were
disciplined for serious encroachments of Party and Government policies and
Another serious case was Vũ Nhôm or Phan Văn Anh Vũ
in Đà Nẵng City. Vũ Nhôm's case led to the arrest of quite a few senior
government officials in Đà Nẵng and Bùi Văn Thành, Deputy Minister of the
Public Security, for signing documents to sell many pieces of public real
estate in Đà Nẵng to Vũ Nhôm.
Do you know why these interest groups were allowed
to rule the roost for several years in Đà Nẵng?
The people knew what was happening. Yet they didn’t
want to report to the authorities as they knew many people in the
authorities were members in those interest groups.
However, in my opinion, both the Party’s Central
Committee’s Commission of Organisational Affairs and the Commission of
Inspection have failed to closely supervise their activities and detect as
soon as possible what was done wrong and help rectify what they have done
The lack of democratic practices and effective
supervision have led to prolonged corruption in central and southern
provinces, including Đồng Nai, Đà Nẵng and Hồ Chí Minh City.
Do you think the fight against corruption is
The general public have highly acclaimed the recent
exposure of some big corruption cases. Those corruption cases have caused a
huge loss of money and assets for the Vietnamese Government and people. More
seriously they have eroded people’s confidence in the Party and Government’s
The fight against corruption and embezzlement is
still going on. Yet, I’m confident under the leadership of the Party and
Government, we’ll win this fight.
The 13th National Party Congress will be held in
2020, what should we do to prevent interest groups from colluding to win
seats in the upcoming elections to Party Committees from the grassroots
level to the highest level – the Việt Nam Communist Party Central Committee?
The most important thing is that democracy must
truly prevail within the Party and the people. Democracy is an essential
element to make the Party strong and to win the people’s support in the
fight against corruption as well as the interest groups.
Of course, we can’t be assured that 100 per cent of
people who are elected to the Party Committees in all levels are the right
choices. But, if true democracy prevails through strict inspection and
supervision activities in the spirit of openness and transparency and
accountability, we will be able to reduce opportunities for interest group
members to become elite party leaders.