The political leader of a central province often goes to coffee shops during working hours to see which public officials are wasting their working hours. He then reports the violations to their offices.
So far he has found dozens of workers on the public payroll who prefer to discuss the virtues of their favourite brews rather than get stuck into a bit of boring office work.
However, even if he does carry out his self appointed role assiduously, it is clear that it will take him weeks, if not months, to complete the task as there are endless numbers of coffee shops… and, seemingly, an endless number of public servants who want to waste time in them.
And while he is blowing the whistle on those who are shirking work, there are some just waiting to even the score by pointing out to his own department that he is equally guilty of guzzling coffee during office hours. He he he!
Wanted: thousands of officials
Public officials in southern Tra Vinh Province have been told they will be sacked if they have alcohol on their breath when they return from lunch.
The problem is that just about every male in some departments likes a few beers over lunch. So who is going to do the work when they are given the flick?
When is a drain not a drain?
Farmers in the Mekong Delta village of Tan Ly Dong inTien Giang Province live on two sides of a national highway, so, for many years, they have used a large culvert to cross the highway. This is because the only proper underpasses are kilometres away from their fields.
The 20m-long culvert, which has a diameter of about 1.5m, is also used by farmers on motorbikes to go to their fields.
The only problem, of course, is when it rains heavily and the culvert reverts to its original use as a flood drain.
Bet on your hunches
Those who want to denounce somebody for doing something wrong will have to be careful. At a recent session of the National Assembly Standing Committee, an official from the NA Committee for Science, Technology and Environment suggested people be asked to pay an amount of money before they denounce someone.
If the denunciation carries weight, they will get the money back. Vice versa, if the denunciation is found to be baseless, they will lose the money. While the initiative is aimed at preventing people from making baseless accusations, it would certainly deter those without much cash from dobbing in powerful, corrupt officials. — VNS