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Golfer shuns the fair-way by taking swipe at caddie

Update: October, 01/2013 - 09:56

The Viet Nam Golf Association has called on all golf courses in Viet Nam to refuse services to a general director of a State-owned company in Ha Noi because he was reported to have whacked a golf caddie across the head with a golf club in the middle last month.

Association president Doan Manh Giao said that it had demanded the businessman be suspended for one year from all of Viet Nam's golf clubs.

On September 15, the director reportedly used a club to hit the caddie at the beautiful Tam Dao Golf course two hours from Ha Noi. The poor caddie passed out with the shock and had to be taken to hospital. The director later sent his apologies to the man and offered some compensation..

Tam Dao Golf course later banned the businessman for one year. One week after the incident, a vice chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee asked the director to explain his actions. And the chairman of the committee set up a group to review the whole affair and deliver proper discipline.

Seems almost like an over-reaction, but then, think about the caddie and what amounts to a severe assault. Hardly the sorts of things a State company director in a Socialist nation should be involved in!

What's in a name? An awful lot, says Construction Ministry

In the fourth draft of the revised Law on Housing, the Construction Ministry suggested that the names of housing projects should be in Vietnamese and not abbreviated.

Speaking to Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper, the vice-head of the ministry's Department for Housing and Real Estate Market Management, Nguyen Manh Khoi, a member of the revised law board, said that using a foreign language to name a project caused administrative problems.

He has proposed that foreign investors choose a Vietnamese name for each project, adding that this did not affect the viability of the project in any way for either investors or buyers.

Some of the current project names seem harmless enough: Royal City and Golden West Lake.

Khoi said: "Another problem would be if the foreign names have negative meanings when translated into Vietnamese," he said. Which they apparently don't have.

Vice president of the Viet Nam Federation of Civil Engineering Associations Pham Sy Liem agreed. He said that he did not agree with the use of foreign languages to name housing projects because people found them hard to remember.

However, he said investors should be encouraged to use Vietnamese names for their projects instead of being forced to do so by law.

Vice president of the HCM City Real Estate Association Do Thi Loan said that the suggestion sounded unreasonable, especially as Viet Nam was becoming more integrated into regional and global affairs.

She said housing developers could be foreign, including multi-nationals who carry out a series of projects with the same name in many countries.

"The name of a housing project may not purely be a name, but a marketing tool that helps attract customers," she said.

Just as well there is no regulations on names under the Law on Children otherwise people would find it difficult to give their baby a foreign name.

Small change for the working classes

In July, the minimum wage in Viet Nam was increased by VND100,000 (US$5 ) to VND1.15 million. The move was welcomed as a move to reduce pressure on workers hit by the spiralling prices of most goods.

However, at its monthly cabinet meeting on Sunday, the Finance Ministry proposed to decrease the minimum wage. The proposed reduction is exactly as much as the increase made in July.

According to the ministry, the contrary move was one of the measures taken to balance the State budget because the country is facing a shortfall in income.

However, as soon as he heard of the proposal, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung rejected it, noting that in the last three years, the minimum wage had increased by about 35 per cent but prices also kept going up.

So, it's back to square one. The workers can have their justified increase thanks to the PM - and, as for the State budget, well, as many say, it will just have to become more creative. — VNS

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