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Horn abuse under scrutiny after death of two-year-old girl


The worst abusers of the vehicle horn are bus drivers. Spend an hour on Pham Ngu Lao, Nguyen Trai or Le Lai to have your ears assaulted by the blaring air horns of the buses especially Saigon Bus drivers. It is annoying, unnecessary and environmental noise pollution. It would be different if the use of the horn changed the traffic movement, but it doesn't. Whether the horn is used or not, motorcyclists take no notice. So why bother to use it and create unnecessary noise? The government should introduce a publicity campaign with a message "bad drivers use the horn" or similar to discourage its use. (Brian Lamprell, HCMC)

Don't let foreign bosses do whatever they like


As the writer comments, there have been a number of recent incidents involving the irresponsible behavior of foreign-owned companies. Their actions are unacceptable and there must be greater control and accountability. This responsibility lies with the government and they are now taking positive steps to address this, as evidenced by recent changes to work permit and visa approval regulations. This is the correct action to take and they are to be commended. However, what the writer failed to mention is the greater number of Vietnamese companies abusing their employees, damaging the environment and their nation's reputation on the world stage. And the repeated use of the word "foreigner" implies that the problem is a predominantly non-Vietnamese one. This is clearly incorrect and suggests the writer is xenophobic... Vietnam benefits greatly from foreign aid, skilled workers and investment. Foreign countries equally benefit from Vietnam's inputs. Whilst any relationship is fraught with challenges and difficulties, there exists the opportunity for both parties to reap the rewards. Xenophobia and hypocrisy benefits nobody. (Frank)

Tourists are not here on an academic trip


In my opinion, someof the ideas in this article were right but I disagreed with the idea that "when it comes to practice, schools organize tours for students to earn money for themselves, instead of sending them to prestigious firms to gain valuable experience." As a director of a company, I wonder whether the author could train students to be professionals in just 3 months (not to mention that sometimes internships only last for one month)? Did you ever think what firms will do with the students? Are they going there to actually learn from those "prestigious firms" or they just have to go there to be ripped off and do some boring paperwork? If you see some problems with the education industry, please raise the issue with the solutions and proofs. Don't be so subjective. And sometimes, not every teacher is a good lecturer. Things happen in the same way with other famous educational institutes around the world. Criticizing teh way the author did was too exceptionally biased. (Angie, Australia)

Toilets toils


True that! I enjoy going back to my country but they need to fix their bathrooms. This should be their Number 1 priority if they want to continue to attract more tourists. It is absolutely disgusting to walk into a bathroom full of (p*ss and sh*t)! Be for real, if it is going to cost money to use the bathroom, then you must provide the basics which toilet tissue and cleanliness. It is that simple. (Janet)

Blame it on the rain


My problem as a foreigner is with EVN [Electricity Vietnam], which is owned by the government... Yes we have had a hot dry summer, but where was the EVN contingency plan?

I have lived in Vietnam for four years, and I can remember three years ago, before the global financial crisis, the government was criticizing EVN for investing in the real estate business in HCM and Hanoi instead of sticking to their core business of building power plants. This to me is the main reason why we haven't got power every second day. You want foreign investment in Vietnam, the government wants to approve more industrial parks, but why when they can't supply basic needs to business, tourism, and the local people now? Why create an even bigger problem? Why put the cart before the horse, if you haven't enough power now, why approve more resorts and industrial parks when you haven't got the capacity of electricity to bring them on board? (Duncan Mckenzie)


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