Vietnamese whistleblower awarded $502, gives all to schools

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Pham Van Nhi (C) and his friends on a road in Ben Tre Province's Phu Long commune. Nhi has exposed corrupt management in the construction of this road. Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre

The government of Ben Tre Province in southern Vietnam has awarded a man VND10.5 million (US$502) for exposing corrupt acts in the province since 2008.

Pham Van Nhi filed 19 complaints between 2008 and 2010 against the corrupt management of people's cash contributions to build local roads. His efforts helped retrieve nearly VND150 million, Tuoi Tre reported Thursday.

His reports also prompted local authorities to remove an accountant of the Phu Long Commune administration from the Party while the commune chairman and Party secretary were censured. 

Nhi has distributed all his awards to the kindergarten, primary school and secondary school in his commune, Phu Long.

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