Luxury estate of Vietnam gov't official deemed 'unusual'

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 The perimeter of a 4,000 sqm garden belonging to Bui Thanh Tung, a state official in Hai Duong and son of the provincial Party Secretary.

No evidence links the lavish home being built by the son of Hai Duong Province's Party Secretary in northern Vietnam to official corruption.

Nevertheless, Vietnam's Minister of Information and Communication has dubbed the luxurious green space "unusual."

The 4,000 sqm plot is worth nearly VND1 billion (US$48,000) and belongs to Bui Thanh Tung, a provincial labor official and the son of Bui Thanh Quyen, the secretary of the provincial Party unit.

Many questions have been raised about how a man earning a modest state salary could afford such a luxury.

The lavish perimeter wall alone has been estimated to cost another VND1 billion. 

The estate, which is still under construction, will contain a two-storey house, a wooden cottage, a fish pond, two artificial hills and many old potted trees.

"It's unusual for the son of a Provincial Party Secretary to build a thing at such a scale and investment in such a remote location," minister Nguyen Bac Son said at a press briefing on May 27.

Records from Ninh Giang District show that the garden spans more than 4,150 square meters assembled from plots transferred by five locals in 2010 and early 2011.

The garden has dozens of timber trees believed to be Vietnamese precious Sua trees, which have been the target of illegal loggers across Vietnam due to the increasing demand for the beautiful wood.

An arborist told Vnexpress that if the trees in the garden are Sua, they're likely more than 100 years old.

The project began attracting attention when Trung began construction without obtaining a permit.

According to VietNamNet, Nguyen Xuan Thuan, chairman of the Ninh Giang District People's Committee, said that "people in the countryside tend to build houses whenever they have money and they do not care much about license procedures."

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