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Gov’t: overturn online business limits

05/10/2016 08:04

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) yesterday proposed eliminating a ban on business services offered online or via communication networks without getting prior permission.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) yesterday proposed eliminating a ban on business services offered online or via communication networks without getting prior permission.

Reporting to the National Assembly Standing Committee, which kicked off its fourth meeting session yesterday morning, Justice Minister Lê Thành Long said that the Government decided to eliminate Article 292 three months after it stirred up debate in the media and generated criticism from the business sector, especially the start-up community.

Violation of the current law carries a fine of up to VND 5 billion (US$222,200) and five years in prison.

The MoJ’s proposal faces opposition from the National Assembly (NA)’s Ombudsman Commission, which fears that multi-level marketing (MLM) business models - known as "pyramid schemes" - would spread in the countryside.

“There has been an on-going pyramid scheme nightmare in the countryside. I have received so many complaints from residents about the issue,” Ombudsman Committee Head Nguyen Thanh Hai said.

“Hence I earnestly ask to keep the part regulating MLM in Article 292,” she said.    

Article 292 was just one among 141 articles of the Penal Code 2015 proposed by the MoJ to be amended or supplemented after the newly-adopted law was found to have several legal loopholes just a few days before its implementation date on July 1.

Deputies of the 13th NA - the very legislature which passed the error-riddled Penal Code last year - had to urgently vote on June 29 to delay implementation of the law. Some claimed the legislation contained as many as 90 legal faults.

The Government, and the MoJ in particular, was asked by the NA to revise and fix all the loopholes before it is resubmitted to the NA for approval.

Source: VNS

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