Hanoi inspectors admit that corruption exists, but no one gets caught this year

By Mai Ha, Thanh Nien News

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Government officials can become corrupt as their salaries are low and there are legal loopholes that they can make use of, Hanoi government said in a report. File photo Government officials can become corrupt as their salaries are low and there are legal loopholes that they can make use of, Hanoi government said in a report. File photo

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Inspectors in Hanoi said they have found no signs of corruption among individual officials in the city even though they are aware that corruption exists. 
The somewhat conflicting findings were revealed in a report that the People’s Committee, the executive arm of the city government, sent to the People's Council, the legislative arm this week. The report was based on results from internal inspections conducted through the year. 
The committee said corruption is “latent” in various forms, including abusing power to grant land use rights illegally, or faking documents to steal from the government and banks. 
Government officials can become corrupt as their salaries are low and there are legal loopholes that they can abuse, it said.
The committee also admitted its inspection capability is "limited."
The city, however, has discovered several hundred cases of financial mismanagement involving a total of VND1,173 billion (US$52.2 million) this year.

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