Construction ministry inspectors accused of soliciting bribes

By Vo Ha Thu   June 13, 2019 | 05:10 am PT
Construction ministry inspectors accused of soliciting bribes
A survey released by the Hanoi-based Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI) early this year shows that employment, environmental pollution and corruption are leading concerns among Vietnamese citizens. Photo by Shutterstock/Atstock Productions.
A Construction Ministry inspectors’ team has been reported by Vinh Phuc Police for alleged soliciting money during a work trip.

While Minister of Construction Pham Hong Ha confirmed the allegation, he did not give out details about the amount of money demanded or identities of the seven people in the inspection team.

Ha said the incident was "regretful" and that he would resolve the matter once the police release their findings. So far, the police have not sought the ministry’ cooperation, the minister said.

A representative of Vinh Tuong District said he was surprised by information that the inspectors had asked for up to VND10 billion ($428,000).

The inspection team was on a work trip to Vinh Tuong District in the northern province of Vinh Phuc to inspect current progress in the district’s infrastructural planning.

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