General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s irresponsibility and respect for former Ho Chi Minh City Party Secretary Le Thanh Hai is one of the reasons why Truong My Lan was able to appropriate VND304 trillion (about $12.36 billion) of SCB Bank.
The public wonders why General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong let the “elephant” Van Thinh Phat slip through the needle of the Central Anti-Corruption Agency?
Meanwhile, General Secretary Trong often affirms that “… the fight against corruption has no forbidden areas, no avoidance zones.” So is it possible that the serious incident that happened at Van Thinh Phat Group is in the “avoidance zone” of General Secretary Trong?
For many years now, public opinion has said that only when Trong puts the cases of Truong My Lan and Van Thinh Phat under special monitoring by the Central Anti-Corruption and Negative Action Commission, will Le Thanh Hai and his colleagues have just paid off all their debts to the people, especially the unjust people of Thu Thiem.
But experts say that Trong is “scary” so he does not dare to touch Le Thanh Hai?
Specific evidence is that, on the afternoon of March 19, 2020, the Politburo met to consider discipline against Le Thanh Hai and Le Hoang Quan. The proposal of Tran Cam Tu, Chairman of the Central Inspection Commission, only proposed the highest level of “removal of Secretary of the City Party Committee and Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, term 2010 – 2015” for Le Thanh Hai and Le Hoang Quan.
It is known that when the Politburo discussed, absolutely no Politburo member suggested handling at a higher level. Most opinions believe that the level of discipline “is too severe” so “discipline should be used to deter, avoid complicating the situation” as well as “don’t let hostile forces take advantage of propaganda.”
Even Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Chairwoman of the National Assembly, and Vo Van Thuong, Head of the Central Commission on Propaganda and Education, said that disciplinary action should only be at the “warning” level for these two men. The reason given is, asking “the Politburo to also consider Le Thanh Hai’s work history, dedication, and contributions to the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee.”
Finally, the Politburo’s disciplinary notice said that Le Thanh Hai was dismissed from his position as former Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee in the 2010-2015 term, while still allowing him to continue to hold his position as former member of the Politburo in the two terms 2006-2010 and 2011-2016. As for Le Hoang Quan, he was only warned and still maintained all positions.
The strange thing is, both Le Thanh Hai and Le Hoang Quan have retired since 2016. That is, Hai was only removed from one position that he no longer holds.
The conclusion of the Politburo’s disciplinary action against Le Thanh Hai is considered too light, compared to the series of heinous crimes committed by the “worm lord” Le Thanh Hai, especially his crimes against the people of Thu Thiem were cleared.
Furthermore, Le Thanh Hai’s violations were horrendous, many times worse than Dinh La Thang’s. Why did Dinh La Thang receive a sentence of more than 30 years in prison, while Le Thanh Hai was only given a warning?
Experts revealed: ” Nguyen Phu Trong cannot deal more harshly with Le Thanh Hai for many reasons, but Trong himself also has similarities in the same violations as Mr. Le Thanh Hai.”
Furthermore, Le Thanh Hai has served 3 terms as a member of the Central Committee, including two terms as a member of the Politburo. Therefore, he thoroughly understands the “secret history,” internal struggles and power struggles.
It is said that Le Thanh Hai sent a message to General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong that he was irresponsible before, so now don’t force others to take responsibility for him.
Experts also believe that Le Thanh Hai wanted to scare Trong about the incident. During his time as Secretary of Hanoi, Trong and Hanoi Chairman Hoang Van Nghien caused a loss of VND3 trillion from the budget, when there was a problem. favors for Indonesia’s Ciputra Group. In return, Secretary Trong and Chairman Nghien each received $1 million and 2 villas in Nam Thang Long Urban Area, in the West Lake area.
It is known that Trong sold one house here, and the remaining one is where Nguyen Phu Truong, Director of the Organization Department of the Central Commission on Propaganda and Education, the son of General Secretary Trong, is staying.
The information just mentioned is still available in Dan Tri online newspaper on September 28, 2006, with the title, “The state lost VND3 trillion because of a decision of Hanoi city.”
Let me reiterate, public opinion believes that if General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong had the courage to take disciplinary actions, including criminal handling of the “worm lord” Le Thanh Hai, as well as soon bring the case of Van Thinh Phat and if Ms. Truong My Lan is placed on trial, the huge loss of hundreds of thousands of billions as we have seen will certainly be avoided.