Vietnam plans to award whistleblowers up to $240k

By Thai Son, Thanh Nien News

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A new draft framework is looking to offer up to US$240,000 in rewards to Vietnam's whistleblowers.
The State Inspectorate and the Ministry of Interior recommended that whistleblowers who help recover cash and assets worth more than 600 times the basic wage be awarded up to 10 percent of the value and no more than VND5 billion ($236,000).
The basic wage refers to the monthly salary of staff members of the Party, government and military agencies. It is currently set at VND1.15 million ($54) per month. 
Whistleblowers are currently awarded the equivalent of 20, 40, or 60 times the basic wage.
The money is often accompanied by medals and certificates of merit from the Prime Minister or government agencies including ministries, the President's office, the National Assembly and the supreme court.
The draft also polls opinions on whether awards should be granted publicly or privately depending on the status of the whistleblower's safety.

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