Daily English Discussion–Saturday, June 13, 2009


Hi everyone,

Here are two new articles for discussion over the weekend.

Half of foreign workers in Vietnam are illegal: minister

Nearly half of the foreign workers in the country are employed illegally. They enter the country as tourists or to visit relatives and stay on, the labor minister said Thursday.

In remarks made Thursday while taking the floor to answer questions at the ongoing National Assembly (NA)’s session, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Minister of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs, said only about 50 percent of foreign workers in Vietnam are licensed to work in the country.

Her observation elicited concerns from NA deputies that the large presence of illegal foreign workers could worsen the unemployment situation in the country.

She noted that the movement of workers among countries is indispensable in the context of international economic integration, but added Vietnamese regulations only permit skilled foreign workers, experts and those having experience in business and production management to work in the country.

The ministry will deal with the cases of foreigners illegally working in Vietnam on the basis of respecting the country’s laws and bilateral cooperation with other countries, she said.

Ngan said Vietnam will not extend visas for illegal workers, will facilitate their return home and strengthen immigration management.

“I admit my responsibility in managing laborers,” she said. “The three ministries [the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Public Security, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs] will have to coordinate with us to solve the issue of illegal foreign workers and to amend laws and decrees in the field.”

Do we have lots of these “illegal foreign workers”? Do they really hurt the Vietnamese labor force? ik think foreigners are useful to the country. Đất lành chim đậu. Do we really have to kick them out?

Police advise charges in Japan ODA graft case

The Ministry of Public police have recommended “abuse of power” charges against two former officials in charge of Ho Chi Minh City’s biggest infrastructure project.

Huynh Ngoc Si, former head of the East-West Highway and Water Environment project, and his ex-deputy Le Qua, are facing charges of wrongdoing in leasing and spending rent collected for a house in HCMC’s District 3 leased to Tokyo-based Pacific Consultants International (PCI) from August 2001 to November 2002, the police said Thursday.

The rent for the house, owned by the project management, was then equivalent to US$5,000 per month.

The total rent of VND1.2 billion received from PCI, the consulting contractor on the East-West Highway and Water Environment project, was distributed among various project employees, with Qua and Si getting VND53.9 million and VND52.25 million respectively, the police said.

Qua had also earmarked VND350 million for entertaining guests without providing any invoice authorizing such spending, the police said.

The Supreme’s People Procuracy (SPP), Vietnam’s highest prosecution agency, will consider ratifying these charges.

What do you think about this case?


You may translate the above news articles into Vietnamese.

That’s it. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.


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