Vietnam lawmaker calls for inspection of ministry’s recruitment process

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People wait to submit application forms for a civil service entrance exam at the Hanoi Tax Department in August. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

A member of the National Assembly Legal Committee called for a thorough review of the recruitment process used by Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), following fresh complaints that a second civil service entrance exam has been “fixed.”
The written note sent by Assemblyman Nguyen Sy Cuong to Minister of Home Affairs Nguyen Thai  Binh, claimed a number of MOIT officers were among the complainants, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.
The suspicion centered around the exam the MOIT’s Vietnam Competition Authority (VCA) held to fill six positions in July 2013.
The ministry later announced that nine individuals had been selected for the posts and most of those candidates were related to individuals who hold high positions at the VCA.
Just one week ago, MOIT announced it had scrapped the results of a different civil service entrance exam held last October after police announced that the questions had been leaked to a group of “princelings."
The complaints noted that the ten individuals selected for the posts were all related to individuals that hold high positions in the department.
Cuong said that similarities between both complaints prompted him to urge the Ministry of Home Affairs to conduct a comprehensive inspection of the whole recruitment process at MOIT.
On Tuesday, Bach Van Mung, the VCA's ranking leader, told Tuoi Tre he hadn't received any information about the complaints and described the civil service entrance exam as “righteous.”

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