Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered Hanoi authorities to look into an official's claim that to get a government job a candidate has to pay at least VND100 million (US$4,755) in bribes.
Speaking at a ceremony in the city Monday, he said the statement by Tran Trong Duc, chairman of the city Party unit's Inspection Committee, needs to be investigated "immediately" since it caused public and media consternation.
At a People's Council session on December 7, Duc had said that it was impossible to pass a public service recruitment test in the capital without paying off people in charge of hiring.
After that he refused to provide any further information for 10 days until he spoke to Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper and said he had "evidence."
Without providing details, he said heads of internal affairs at districts, who received applications, were involved in the bribery and would possibly come up against the might of the law if their wrongdoing was exposed.
Hanoi authorities should start investigating to uncover corruption in the recruitment process, he said.
He has denied facing any "pressure" since revealing the information.
Phan Dang Long, deputy chief of the Hanoi Party unit's propaganda department, told online newspaper Vietnamnet Duc must have some "basis" for saying what he did since, being in his position, he is unlikely to make "unreasonable" statements.
The accusation would be investigated as ordered by the deputy PM, he said.
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