A traffic police officer in central Vietnam was found to have asked a local stone mining company to “support” his superior, who is building a house, with 30 cubic meters of stone.
In an official letter sent to Funix-Max Company on November 16, Major Ho Van Sinh, head of the traffic police team of Dakrong District in Quang Tri Province, asked the firm to provide Ho Sy Nhung, the district police chief, “30 cubic meters of 1 meter by 2 meter stone slabs” to the construction site of Nhung's house.
The written request has gone viral on Facebook since Friday afternoon.
Nhung told Thanh Nien on Saturday that while it’s true that he is building a house, he “didn’t ask anyone to help.”
“I didn’t ask Sinh to do that,” he said, “I don’t know where this company is and haven’t received even a rock from it yet. Moreover, 30 cubic meters of stone is nothing to me.”
That volume of stone is worth around VND6 million (US$267).
Nhung also said the document is “totally wrong” and his agency will “review Sinh’s responsibility in this case.”
A spokesman of the district police on Sunday said Sinh's request was "an illegal document."
"It wasn't stamped and wasn't approved by the district police chief," according to Lt Col Nguyen Van Duong, Deputy chief of Dakrong Dist. police.
"Ho Van Sinh [wrote and sent the official letter] by himself," without Nhung's consent, Duong said.
Sinh also told Thanh Nien he wrote the document without Nhung’s knowledge.
Sinh said he came to Funix-Max Company asking for the assistance but the business leaders said that they could consider it only if he sent them an official written request.
“I asked them, not forced them. If they don’t agree, it’s still ok,” he told Thanh Nien on Saturday.