The Nhân Dân (People’s Daily) is the oligarchic newspaper of Vietnam’s state-controlled media. Political news is published by this newspaper as an order, forcing other newspapers to follow it. It can be said that although it is the weakest newspaper in the market, it has the most power. As everyone knows, this newspaper is the “king of lies” and it has published many fabricated articles, creating a fake face of the regime.
On January 16, 2014, Nhan Dan newspaper published an article, titled “Golden Rose at the open-market time.” This newspaper praises the person namely Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan, the character who was hunted by Minister of Public Security To Lam but dared to play with To Lam like a mouse and a cat. In the article, the newspaper praised her with the following words:
“Perfect appearance, smiling eyes, it is hard for anyone to imagine a woman who looks very young and humble, being the ‘leader’ or the pillar… of the economic group having thousands of employees and revenue of many trillion dong, annual growth still exceeds 200% in the context that the world and domestic economies are fraught with difficulties. However, getting to know her better, people’s surprise about Academician, Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors cum General Director of Advanced International Joint Stock Company (AIC) is more than doubled.”
An article written with language reminiscent of propaganda like articles about leader Ho Chi Minh or other communist leaders. They wrote it without investigating, so they got it like that. In fact, how is Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan, now everyone knows. She was the winning bids of construction projects and equipment supplies, because wherever she went, she spread money from provincial secretaries to grassroots officials. The whole apparatus seems to get bribery from her and tried to meet her requests.
That day, Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan was featured in Nhan Dan, the newspaper that even the top provincial official wanted to appear there. That day, ie 2014, Pham Minh Chinh was the party’s secretary of Quang Ninh province and was preparing to become a Deputy Head of the party’s Central Organization Commission. It is known that Quang Ninh is the province that helped Nhan win the contract of Obstetrics and Children’s Hospital. The foreign press has named Pham Minh Chinh as the person who supported Nhan but the state-controlled media is still silent.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan was investigated while at the Politburo there was a dramatic battle between factions in the four highest positions (Four Pillars). In the country, the press revealed that Nhan bribed the provincial government apparatus to win the bids. Even a newspaper said that the provincial secretaries also asked her to ask for funding from the Central Government. This shows that her influence was very great, she had a great relationship in the Central Government, so she can do such a difficult job.
Foreign press also released shocking news, Nhan is a broker between the General Intelligence Department of Vietnam’s Ministry of Defense and the Israeli secret service. She reportedly acted as a broker in arms sales between the ministry and Israeli arms suppliers. They also added that she had a special relationship with incumbent Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Minister of Defense Phan Van Giang.
The involvement of Nhan in the arms sales of the Ministry of Defense has helped strengthen PM Chinh’s faction. Meanwhile, the fractions of the Party General Secretary the PM are competing for influence at the Ministry of National Defense.
Today, the Party General Secretary is viewing Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan as a thorn, not a “rose.” Perhaps it is a rose thorn, this thorn is stabbing the General Secretary’s side with a not-so-light blow. Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan is making the balance of power cannot easily favor the General Secretary’s side.