National Assembly (NA) deputies have emphasised the need to set up a corruption investigation agency as part of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-corruption as the scourge is still growing in a complicated manner.

At the plenary session of the 13th NA’s sixth meeting in Hanoi on November 7, deputy Le Nhu Tien from central Quang Tri province proposed that the agency should be provided with a special mechanism that allows it to deal with corruption even within the anti-corruption system.

The existing anti-corruption offices made efforts in 2012, the deputies agreed. They, however, pointed to the offices’ weak capacity of exposing corruption cases, failing to convince the public to enthusiastically join the effort.

Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang said that in the time to come, the ministry will work closely with the inspection, audit, customs, and taxation offices, people’s courts and procuracies to increase the effectiveness of the detection of corruption.

At a recent meeting of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said the fight against corruption is a complicated and long-term one, requiring a high degree of patience and determination.

The National Assembly Standing Committee’s 21 st session in September, 2013 heard that the inspection sector uncovered 73 corruption cases involving 80 suspects and 117 billion VND (5.5 million USD) so far this year.

Meanwhile, the investigative police handled 371 cases with 847 defendants who caused a loss of over 9.2 trillion VND (43.8 million USD).-VNA