How to kill corruption in Vietnam? Pay the government employees a living wage. Simple! Vietnamese public employees are paid terribly. They can't even support their families at 30% inflation or more per year. And the government can't control inflation. So simple. Inflate salaries, the same as the price of milk for the employee's children inflates. The blog. Vietnam Talking Points nails this specifically:
"Many people (in Vietnam) are willing to give away a little bit of integrity in order to free their families from poverty. Given this fact, many officers who are paid at very low official wages are very much obliged to find extra income for their families through other unofficial means – which means bribery."
Look to the Koreans to sort this out. In 2003 an extra $300 to my "agent" would buy me a favour. By 2005 that wouldn't do. They simply increased staff salaries and enacted severe penalties and checks for corrupt behaviour. Want to kill corruption in Vietnam? Move more money to the people. Simple. Socialist. In line with the 'peoples party' idea.