Why failing to attend meetings is
more than just bad manners
HCM City leaders have
criticised the heads of local agencies for their frequent absences from
March 20, HCM City leaders held a meeting with representatives of local youth
unions and outstanding young people to gather opinions and suggestions about
start-ups, applied science and technology, administrative reform and quality
of service provided by local government officials to the public.
leaders of many agencies, including the Department of Science and Technology,
the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Department of
Internal Affairs, failed to attend in person and some agencies failed to even
Secretary Dinh La Thang was upset by the absences and asked Nguyen Thanh
Phong, chairman of HCM City People's Committee, to criticise these agencies.
"It's an unacceptable attitude. Directors of departments don’t seem like
they can be bothered to turn up while the city’s youth union, party secretary
and the chairmen of HCM City People's Committee and People's Council have
made the meeting," he said.
City Party SecretaryDinh
La Thang spoke at themeeting with
representatives of local youth unions and outstanding young people on March
Absences are nothing new in
HCM City. Not long ago, Phong dismissed delegated subordinates who had turned
up representing a local people's committee at a meeting on March 1 as the
invitations were sent to their leaders by name. He did not accept the
apologies for their lack of attendance. "I don't understand what were
you doing? This meeting has been scheduled since early of the week," he
Illnesses or emergency leave
was acceptable, but failure to attend or sending proxies instead was no
longer an tolerable situation.
If ignoring invitation from
the city chairman is intolerable, then ignoring meetings with youth union,
party secretary and chairmen of HCM City People's Committee and People's
Council is an entirely different level of disrespect being shown to both the
public people and their colleagues.
And what will the young
people, the future of the country, think about such absences?
Yet as the 12th Party
Congress ended, the party general secretary made commitment that the
officials would be respectful to the people and work for the people.
"In terms of working
style, officials from localities to those at the top should be changed to
become more scientific, democratic and practical," he said.
Before dealing with crime,
Dinh La Thang and Nguyen Thanh Phong should restore discipline within the