Vietnam labor minister rebuked for mismanagement

By Pham Du   April 19, 2024 | 07:05 pm PT
Vietnam labor minister rebuked for mismanagement
Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Hai
Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung received an official reprimand from the Communist Party's Politburo Friday for violating the law and the Party's principles.

The Party's decision-making body said Dung, also a member of the Party Central Committee, had violated principles of democratic centralism.

Dung's "negligence in management" allowed the ministry and certain of its organizations and individuals to commit violations that threatened to cause huge losses to the state budget, and serious consequences that are hard to handle, the Politburo said.

Vietnam's Communist Party has four modes of punishment for misconduct by official members: reprimand, warning, demotion and expulsion.

Dung, 62, became the labor minister in April 2016.

Former minister Pham Thi Hai Chuyen and former deputy minister Huynh Van Ti were also rebuked for similar violations.

Chuyen was blamed for poor management that created conditions for the conduct of bidding packages by the notorious Advanced International Joint Stock Company (AIC) and businesses under its ecosystem.

Over the last two years, AIC has been investigated for bidding violations at several units and localities. AIC Group was among Vietnam's 500 largest enterprises in 2012, with annual revenues of around VND10 trillion (US$406.75 million). The company operates in various fields including healthcare, education and real estate.

AIC’s chairwoman Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan was accused of several crimes, including bribery and bidding violations, but has been evading authorities and is internationally wanted.

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