Taboo of gives-and-takes The Saigon Times Daily The recent revelations of enterprises donating luxury vehicles to State agencies have aroused public concern, with many people perceiving this practice as an act of bribery. No law thus far has defined it as illegal, though. The prevailing rule only forbids individual officials from taking expensive gifts, which is a corrupt practice, while State agencies are not affected by this. As reported in local media weeks ago, an enterprise named Cong Ly had donated two Lexus sport utility vehicles (SUV) to Ca Mau Province with each costing VND3.1 billion. One is now used by Ca Mau Province’s People’s Committee, and the other by the provincial Party Committee. The case has caused controversy over the legitimacy of such donations. Soon later, the public concern was heightened when it was uncovered that the chief of the Party Committee of Danang City was using a VND1.3 billion sedan donated by an enterprise. Speaking to reporters, Danang City authorities say that State agencies in the city have received up to eight vehicles from corporate donors. The general director of Cong Ly in Ca Mau says that his company, before making the donation, learned from the Danang City…
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