A Party official in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu has attracted public attention by mentioning his designation on his daughter's wedding invitation cards.
The Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported Friday that Huynh Van Phuong, a member of Bac Lieu Province Party Committee's Inspection Committee, had his title printed on the front side of the invitation cards for a wedding ceremony on September 23.
After the cards were sent, some local media reports connected Phuong's act to that of Nguyen Hung Dung, deputy head of the Can Tho City Anti-Corruption Committee, who was recently ordered to report on why he had mentioned his designation on his son's wedding invitation cards.
A Party official in Bac Lieu told the Nguoi Lao Dong it was not forbidden for officials to add their titles to wedding invitations, since there are many people with the same name and those who would receive the cards may be confused about the identity of the person making the invitation.
However, Party inspectors and those who work for anti-corruption boards should not show off their positions in this manner, he said.
Phuong himself claimed his sole motivation in mentioning his designation was not wanting others to confuse him with other people.
"I just invited close friends and colleagues. I definitely did not invite company directors and those who are not very close to my family," he said.
In Vietnam, people usually give cash as wedding gifts which is typically noted and reciprocated later on similar occasions. In this context, mentioning one's position on wedding cards can be seen as a mercenary act.