President Truong Tan Sang addresses the nation on Vietnam’s National Day

Vietnam President Truong Tan SangNational Day always brings about a special feeling in each and every Vietnamese person.

Each year, I’m able to remember my feelings on this special day, regardless of the time and the place, be it in the city or the countryside, at noon or at midnight when everything lies in deep slumber. Though the one feeling that has always overwhelmed me is the sacred and great significance of this Independence Day for the Vietnamese nation. I have always wondered what would have happened to all the people, houses, street corners, trees, villages and even the sound of a pagoda’s bell ringing in the night, had there been no Independence Day on September 2, 1945.

For the very first time in Viet Nam’s history, a new State, of the people, by the people and for the people, was established. From a slave nation living under the harsh domination of colonialists and feudalists, Viet Nam appeared on the world map as a free and independent nation. Our people rose up from slavery to become the masters of their own fates and their homeland. Each was now a true Vietnamese citizen – the offsprings of generations of ancestors who had stood up and fought against natural disasters and enemies and gone through many ups and downs throughout history. Many laid down their lives and shed their blood for the freedom of the nation and its people. We are well aware of the sacred value and the great historical significance of the National Independence Day. No one can negate this truth.

Having gone through thousands of years of strife, we are all proud of what we are today.

Yet, there remain things that continue to worry us.

By reading daily newspapers and talking with cadres, party members and citizens, it’s clear that each of us has an anxiety or disagreement that affects his or herself due to policies or policy implementation. And sometimes this anxiety or disagreement turns into wrath. Yes, some of our polices are good in terms of politics and security, but not so good from a societal perspective, leading to disputes or even conflict. Price increases on many commodities have resulted in many consequences including an erosion of values and social morality, regardless of law and order. When a market economy develops, it inevitably breeds a degree of negativity. Everyone agrees that eliminating subsidy and egalitarianism is positive as they hinder development and motivation and maintains poverty. By switching to a market economy, we have faced, and continue to face, many difficulties and challenges. Initially, we believed that some problems were not so difficult to solve theoretically. However, in reality, these problems were much harder to solve because of the different interests held by certain groups looking to benefit from the situation, while others took the opportunity to fish in troubled waters or to “put a spoke in the wheel” and resort to other malicious acts.

More recently, incidents in Tien Lang (Hai Phong City), Van Giang (Hung Yen Province) and Vu Ban (Nam Dinh Province), have required us to review our legal documents relating to land ownership.

The recent collapse and poor performance of many state-owned enterprises, due to the degradation of political ideology, morality and lifestyle choices of certain groups of cadres, party members and people in the community, requires all of us to take corrective action and hold high the Party Statute and abide by its law. It also requires us to narrow the gap between dreams and reality, and achieve set objectives so that we aren’t left behind in an unstable situation. We face a limited state budget, mounting public debts, an increase in bankrupt businesses and factory inventories and crippling inflation. These are the pressures being placed on the shoulders of the Party, Government and the whole of society. As such, it’s very hard to judge whether the difficulties and challenges faced during wartime were bigger and more ferocious than the ones we face today.

Viet Nam has shown the world, not only once, its ability to overcome difficulties, no matter how hard. We will continue to do so in order to achieve the nation’s objectives. To do this, solidarity and unity are prerequisites for us all.

Those who swim against the tide will be eliminated!

With deep gratitude towards our predecessors, we must do everything in our power to develop our country. We are proud of what we have achieved so far, yet we should also feel ashamed before our ancestors and dead heroes for what our weaknesses and mistakes that have hindered the progression of our nation. Feeling ashamed does not mean we should feel spiritless or surrender. Instead, we should double or triple our efforts to embrace the future with confidence. This is the tradition of our nation. We are resolved to developing our country further and forever.

The future is ours and we shall write new pages in our nation’s history together.­

Read more …

Full speech in English: President Sang addresses the nation on the 67th anniversary of the August Revolution (Aug 19, 1945) and National Day (Sep 2, 1845) , VietnamNet, Sep 3, 2012

in Vietnamese Chủ tịch Trương Tấn Sang: Phải biết hổ thẹn với tiền nhân, Tin Mới, ngày 23 tháng tám năm 2012.

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Vietnam’s Independence Day (National Day), Sep 2, 1945