Ho Chi Minh City has not found any signs of corruption in its agencies this year, and a senior inspector admitted that there should have been more efforts to uncover wrongdoings.
The issue was raised during a meeting on Wednesday between the city's administration and legislators, when Deputy Tran Van Thien questioned why corruption has not been seriously discussed at any government meetings for years.
“Is corruption really nonexistent or is it hiding somewhere?” Thien said, as cited by Tuoi Tre newspaper.
Nguyen Thi Ngoc Nga, deputy chief inspector of the city, said that her unit found no corruption cases in the first nine months.
But Nga said that does not mean corruption does not exist.
She said corruption is still “complicated” in several areas such as construction and public spending, where government management is not very tight and there is still a lot of red tape.
Officials are receiving gifts and it is hard to prove if they are meant as bribes, she said.
She said the city government has not paid due attention to expose corruption and has not funded regular inspections.
Tran Van Thien speaks at the meeting on December 9, 2015. “Is corruption really nonexistent or is it hiding somewhere?” Thien ask. Photo: Tan Phu
The 70-page social-economic report presented at the meeting by the People’s Committee, the city’s administration, gives around a quarter of a page to corruption.
The report said inspections only found wrongdoings worth around VND85 billion at 80 administrative units.
Thien said HCMC and the whole country needs leaders who have the enthusiasm, the capability and the bravery to fight what he called a national crisis.