Petty graft pervades society

As published in Vietnamnews on 10/05/2012

The domestic media often grapples over major corruption cases that deal with huge amounts of money and involve high-ranking officials, such as the PMU 18 scandal. While such headline-grabbing stories must be reported, petty corruption has not received the same level of attention compared to the "big fish".

Sure, the media has talked about the practice of giving envelopes in hospitals, schools and elsewhere, but a recent report released by the United Nations Development Programme in Viet Nam last week put petty corruption in perspective.

A nationwide survey called the Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) 2011 suggested that a typical Vietnamese person pays on average VND7.5 million (US$366) per year in bribes, an amount seven times higher than the current minimum wage.

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