Op-Ed

Peace or not, Việt Nam plays perfect host

The second round of talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended early, with both sides unable to make concrete progress on denuclearisation. A definitive peace deal was just out of reach for the former adversaries. However, it’s worth taking a moment to consider the meaning of this diplomatic event for Việt Nam as host.

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Better links with FDI firms can aid local businesses

Việt Nam is one of the most open economies in the world. Trade-led development has contributed to rapid growth, job creation and poverty reduction, helping the country achieve GDP growth of 7.1 per cent in 2018. But linkages between foreign direct investment (FDI) and domestic enterprises are weak and may erode further unless Việt Nam puts the right policies in place to strengthen the competitiveness of domestic enterprises.

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When inaction causes fatal accidents

Somehow the most basic rule of driving is being ignored. Despite thousands of warnings, drunk and drugged drivers still risk theirs and other’s lives on the roads daily. Public health messaging about the dangers of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs is falling on deaf ears.

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Evil triumphs when decent people stay silent

Đinh Bằng My, 57 years old, principal of Thanh Sơn District’s secondary boarding school for ethnic minority students in northern Phú Thọ Province, was allegedly reported to have molested dozens of male students in his office. The horrific truth would have been a secret forever without the involvement of the media.

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Climate change sinks the delta, mindset worsens it

The sinking situation of the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta in the south of Việt Nam—seen in the rising tides and worsening floods affecting the region—is obviously caused by climate change. But the mindset of planners that fostered the building of embankment systems around the delta decades ago has worsened today’s situation.

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Overtime regulations need careful thought

This is the time that needs active role of trade union and labour organisations in supervising overtime violations in order to protect employee’s rights. Hopefully the more independent organisations truly represent employee’s rights, the better supervising role of these associations will take effect.

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Reduced class size a must to better education quality

The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) set the maximum number of students per classroom no more than 35, but overcrowding in schools has been taking place for years, especially at pre-school, primary and even lower secondary education levels in big cities.

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There’s nothing such as safe drinking

Alcohol consumption can harm the drinker, but what’s worse is when it harms an innocent. On August 27, 2017, Hoàng Văn Thuận, 39, went from work to his friend’s house in Nghệ An Province to drink. Getting home after wards, drunk, Thuận raped his own daughter, who was just 14 years old.

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