Top-Ranking General and Adviser of Poverty Alleviation Program Passes Away

By Nguyen Thanh Tai, Vice Chairman of Ho chi Minh City People’s Committee

Top-ranking general Mai Chi Tho, former Minister of Public Security and member the Political Bureau, passed away in Ha Noi on May 28 at 85 years of age.

General Mai Chi Tho

Born in 1922 in Nam Truc District, Nam Dinh Province, the General became a revolutionary soldier in 1936 and member of the Vietnamese Communist Party three years later.

After 1975, he held several important positions including Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Police Department, Deputy Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee and Chairman of the People’s Committee of HCMC.

The general was one of three leaders including the late General secretary of Viet Nam Communist Party Nguyen Van Linh and former Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet who were strong supporters of economic reform and helped increase openness in the party before 1986. He was deputy minister of the Public Security in 1986 before becoming Minister.

After reaching retirement age, he often contributed important ideas on the building of a strong government and the poverty alleviation movement.

General Mai Chi Tho offers gift to a poor family in HCMC's Nha Be District

The general, affectionately called Chu Nam Xuan (Uncle Five), dedicated his life to the poverty alleviation movement in Ho Chi Minh City for more than 15 years.

He paid visits and showed great kindness to the poor families living in slums along the canal networks of Tau Hu, Nuoc Den and Nhieu Loc and remote districts such as Binh Chanh, Can Gio and Nha Be.

The retired general was so attentive to give his regards to the poor and disadvantage people. He encouraged them to overcome all everyday difficulties and challenges.

He joined hands with the City’s authorities and local leaders to hold direct talks with the poor and created jobs to help relieve them of poverty.

The poverty alleviation movement is one of the most important missions that the Party must accomplish to build a democratic, civilized society and better economy. The hunger eradication and poverty alleviation will narrow the gap between the classes in society and bring justice and happiness to the country’s people, he said.

Besides, people should pay attention to the eradication of social evils including intemperance, extravagance and others, he added. He also asked leaders to approach the poor and gain a deeper understanding of their lives.

General Mai Chi Tho was an outstanding member of the country’s revolution and an experienced leader who made great contributions to the country, the people and the Party.

He was always pioneering in carrying out missions and discharging duties during his lifelong revolutionary career.

People will always remember him as an unobtrusive, simple retired general and adviser who devoted his whole life to the poor and disadvantaged people in the city.

He received the Sao Vang (Gold Star) Order, the highest State honor for his lifelong contributions to the nation’s liberation and defense, in the beginning of the year.

Translated by Kim Khanh

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