1- “After last year’s exam season, a girl came to see me with a patch of hair missing from her head. She explained that whenever she was under stress, she would pick at her hair.”
Cited on Nguoi Lao Dong Newspaper, March 13
Doctor Thach Ngoc Yen, consultant at the Center of Social Work for Children, discussed the skyrocketing number of school kids who came to see her for consultation in April and May - the time preceding school graduation exams.
In April last year, two boys in 12th grade attempted suicide in separate incidents in the Mekong Delta city of Soc Trang.
T.Q.T of Hoang Dieu High School was found in the school restroom with blood gushing from a cut on his wrist.
His friends said he had not done well in a math mock exam organized by the school to prepare students for the June exam.
Four days later N.T.T of Le Loi High School tried to kill himself by taking some pills but luckily his family took him to the hospital in time and saved him.
2- “Garbage is everywhere. It is right in front of you, it is on the road you walk but you comrades simply don’t care.”
Quoted on Tuoi Tre Newspaper, April 3
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai pointed out pollution was fast increasing due partly to local leaders’ lack of concern.
In particular, Hanoi is facing a severe shortage of dumpsites .
Garbage on a street in Hoai Duc district, Hanoi (Photo: Lao Dong)
The Japan International Cooperation Agency last year warned that Hanoi’s landfills will be full by 2012, and unless the problem is addressed, there will no longer be place for garbage disposal.
If there is no site to dump garbage, in just three days the capital will be flooded with waste, an environmental expert has warned.
3 – “In the past, only one worm spoiled the whole barrel. Nowadays, there are too many worms. What a shame. One worm is dangerous enough; a host of worms would destroy this country”
VietnamNet, May 7
In a speech to the electorate of District I before he was elected deputy of the law-making National Assembly, 13th session, Truong Tan Sang promised he would prevent and push back corruption and wastes.
In late July, Mr. Sang was named the State President .
Mr. Truong Tan Sang, state president
According to the 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which ranked 183 countries and territories around the world on their levels of perceived corruption, Vietnam ranks 112 with a score of 2.9 (out of 10).
4- “70 million Vietnamese farmers do not buy this car”
VNExpress June 6
Declared Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang, suggesting the import of cars is not necessary as the nation is still a poor agricultural one.
A Mercedes car at an exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City late last year
According to Hoang, each year Vietnam imported 30,000 cars under 9 seats at a cost of US$1 billion that served only a small proportion of the population whose annual per capita income in 2011 was merely $1,300.
5- “A man as ugly as me would never dare court a beautiful girl”
Quoted on VEF, June 27
Said Nguyen Manh Ha, director of the Ministry of Construction’s housing and real estate department, referring to the imbalance in the real estate sector which concentrates on building luxury houses for the rich while ignoring the demand from medium and low-income earners.
Poster for the movie "She's out of my league" (For illustration purposes only)
The boom in housing projects has led to the fall in prices and share values of several listed property firms dropped by as much as 80 percent in 2011.
To be continued