Pouring salt on Vietnam's wounds

2021.11.24
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Credit: Bom Nổ Chậm/RFA
Credit: Bom Nổ Chậm/RFA

Vietnam's public security chief To Lam went viral in a video this month showing him being hand-fed a U.S. $1,975 Golden Giant Tomahawk steak in London by a Turkish celebrity chef known as Salt Bae. Questions about the propriety of a senior official eating a meal worth three times his monthly salary were especially salty among ordinary citizens of Vietnam, where per capita GDP is only $2,800, and many people are still waiting for promised government COVID-19 financial support of 1.5 million dong ($66). Top cop To's global gastronomic debut came shortly after the Communist Party issued ethics guidelines proscribing 19 actions, including holding lavish parties.

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