Lawmakers vote to fire deputy over pollution disaster


Update: May, 16/2017 – 08:33
The National Assembly’s Standing Committee (NASC) voted yesterday to remove lawmaker Võ Kim Cự, the official involved in the Formosa environmental disaster, from the 14th NA. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — The National Assembly’s Standing Committee (NASC) voted yesterday to remove lawmaker Võ Kim Cự, the official involved in the Formosa environmental disaster, from the 14th NA.

The NASC adopted a resolution on Cự’s dismissal by a majority vote during a closed meeting on Monday afternoon. The resolution went into effect on the same day.

The 60-year-old NA deputy represents Hà Tĩnh Province, where the Taiwanese steelmaker Formosa Hưng Nghiệp caused mass fish deaths last April by dumping polluted wastewater. Cự himself asked to resign from his deputy post following the Party’s conclusions and the penalties imposed for his violations.

The law on the organisation of the National Assembly granted jurisdiction to the NASC, instead of the NA, to remove Cự from his NA office. His sacking will be reported to the NA plenary at its upcoming meeting opening on May 22.

Cự still serves as Chairman of the Việt Nam Co-operative Alliance and a member of the Presidium of the Việt Nam Fatherland Front’s Central Committee. He was stripped off all his Party titles in Hà Tĩnh Province by the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat in April, one of which was the top position as the provincial Party Secretary, for his responsibility in the Formosa incident.

Cự was found to have personally signed several illegal documents related to Formosa activities in Hà Tĩnh Province and was “mainly responsible for wrongdoings” from 2008-2016.

The Government already asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to consider penalties against Cự for his actions while serving as the chairman of the provincial People’s Committee until last year.

Hundreds tonnes of dead fish were washed ashore in four central provinces last year in the largest-ever environmental disaster in Việt Nam. Formosa promised to pay US$500 million in compensation to around 260,000 local residents affected by the disaster and to restore the destroyed marine life.

On the first day of its 10th meeting, the NASC also looked into the supplemental report on implementation of the socio-economic development plan and State budget in 2016 and the first months in 2017.

During the three-day meeting, legislators debate proposed amendments and supplements to some articles of the Penal Code and the 2015 draft resolution on handling bad debts of credit organisations.

They will also discuss ratification of a treaty supplementing the Border Delimitation Treaty between Việt Nam and Laos regarding the revision of the starting point of the two countries’ border line, as well as the Protocol on the two nations’ border line and border markers. — VNS

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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