Vietnamese Ambassador Promises to Investigate

Recently, a Malaysian newspaper reported that a Vietnamese young lady was auctioned at a local market in Malaysia. Later, the representative of the Malaysian Ministry of Family-Women and Social Development voiced objections to this act. Mr. Nguyen Quoc Dzung, Vietnamese Ambassador to Malaysia, talked with Sai Gon Giai Phong reporter about the incident.

Mr. Nguyen Quoc Dzung

He said, “We’re very concerned and we will work with Malaysian authorities, such as the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Internal Political Affairs to make it clear. Besides, we will work with authorities of the locality, where the Vietnamese lady was auctioned to track down the man who bought her. Although it can be really hard, we will try out best”.

According to Mr. Dzung, there has not been exact recorded statistics of Vietnamese women sold to Malaysia, but it is true that some Vietnamese women recently get married to Malaysians legally or illegally. Those marriages scattered in many localities, so it is hard to estimate the exact number.

“Some Vietnamese ladies came to the Vietnamese Embassy asking for help. They said that they were duped by the go-between rings that seduced and trafficked women to Malaysia, under the cover of traveling or labor export. Although their words were not verified, the Embassy helped them contact with their families in Viet Nam or asked for the help from social charity organizations in Malaysia”, added Mr. Dzung.

Chairwoman of the Viet Nam Women Union calls for cooperation on preventing acts of woman humiliation
On May 9, Chairwoman of the Viet Nam Woman Union Ha Thi Khiet sent a letter to Vice Chairman of Malaysian National Council on Woman Organizations and Minister of Women, Families and Community Development. The letter says, “In Viet Nam, we were so hurt when informed that a Vietnamese bride had been auctioned at a local market in Malaysia. It was such a humiliation of woman’s honor and dignity, which should be condemned by the whole society and tackled by the law. We wish to cooperate with Malaysia to promptly prevent these acts.

By Khanh Binh – Translated by Thuy Hang

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