Phu Quoc chairman rebuked for land management violations

By Duong Dong   August 25, 2023 | 06:47 pm PT
Phu Quoc chairman rebuked for land management violations
Huynh Quang Hung, chairman of Phu Quoc City off southern Vietnam's Kien Giang Province. Photo by VnExpress/Duong Dong
Huynh Quang Hung, the chairman of island-city Phu Quoc, has received an official rebuke from Kien Giang Province inspectors for violations related to land administration.

The inspectors also rebuked Tran Chien Thang, former vice chairman of Phu Quoc and now the southern province’s chief inspector, and Truong Thanh Tan, former head of Phu Quoc’s Natural Resources and Environment Department and now the island’s chief inspector.

The inspectors discovered 2,300 cases of violation including illegal occupation of state and forest lands.

Nearly one year of inspection uncovered 744 violations related to use of public lands in Vietnam's largest island that had led to illegal house construction on more than 200 hectares.

There were also 986 violations related to more than 200 ha of forest lands.

The Phu Quoc National Park had allowed the use of 1,000 ha of its lands for private purposes.

The An Thoi Ward People’s Committee officials were found to have violated regulations to lease 800 square meters of public lands to local officials and pocketed VND1.5 billion (US$62,500) from the lease.

Other ward officials used 2,220 sq.m of public lands for their own purposes.

The inspectors have recommended that higher authorities should look into the violations that involve 10 state agencies and 45 officials.

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