The Communist Party of Vietnam wants its leaders and members to set good examples, so it is spelling out how they do this.
The 12th Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC) on October 25 issued Regulation No. 08-QDi/TW on the responsibility for setting examples of officials and Party members, firstly members of the Politburo, the Secretariat and the Party Central Committee.
The need for officials and Party members to set examples has been often mentioned in Party documents, resolutions and regulations. However, this is the first time the CPVCC has issued a regulation detailing the top Party leaders’ responsibility for setting examples, showing increasing transparency and democracy within the Party.
The regulation once again affirms that setting an example is the responsibility, duty and part of the ethics of a cadre.
The raising of responsibility for setting examples has never been mentioned as often or as seriously as in recent years. After the Resolution of the 11th CPVCC’s fourth plenum on several urgent issues on Party building at present was issued, on June 7, 2012, the CPVCC’s Secretariat promulgated Regulation No. 101-QD/TW on the responsibility for setting examples of officials and Party members, especially key leaders at all levels.
The regulation requests officials and Party members to lead the way in implementing, popularising and protecting the guidelines and policies of the Party and the policies and laws of the State as well as the objectives and ideals of the Party. They must set good examples in terms of morality and lifestyle, and pioneer in fighting corruption, wastefulness and other negative phenomena. They should be a mirror in self-criticism and criticism, responsibility for work, relations with people, sense of discipline and internal solidarity.
In Regulation No. 55-QD/TW, issued on December 19, 2016, the Politburo banned officials and Party members from receiving and giving gifts for self-interested purposes and leading a lavish lifestyle.
The Resolution of the 12th CPVCC’s fourth plenum on strengthening Party building and rectification set out measures to fix shortcomings in personnel work and cadre management; drive back degradation in political thought, morality and lifestyle; and roll back corruption, wastefulness and other negative phenomena.
President Ho Chi Minh once taught that “A living example is more valuable than hundreds of agitprop speeches”. If officials want people to follow them, they must set good examples and volunteer first.
Setting a good example is a leadership mode of the Party but has its own specific characteristics. Setting a good example has extremely great effects as it is capable of calling upon the masses through the strength of confidence and sentiments from their hearts.
In a closing speech at the recent eight plenum of the 12th CPVCC, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong stressed that if nearly 200 members of the 12th CPVCC raise their responsibility of setting examples, it will create strong changes in the entire Party and political system, helping to consolidate and enhance trust among officials and Party members, and the people in the Party Central Committee, the Politburo and the Secretariat.
Accompanying the nation through history, the Party has always attached importance to the Party building, particularly personnel work, considering it an extremely crucial task.