07 July 2010

Things get done in Vietnam :: anja merret

A few years ago there were some news reports about a couple of jobsworths in Britain who stood on the edge of a pond and watched a child drown. When asked why they didn't go to the child's aid, the reply was something to the effect that health and safety regulations didn't allow them to do so unless that had had certain training and certification. They were some kind of auxiliary police and therefore subject to such regulations.

What a refreshing change this is - Things get done in Vietnam :: anja merret:
Vietnam has not been legislated out of sight. Or at least if there are laws determining the lives of Vietnamese it seems in the area of transportation nobody follows them. And of course, it works fairly well.

Now one might think that legislation and local laws are totally necessary to protect the individual in society. You would think and in all likelihood agree. But to a certain extent this protection can get so overwhelming that it stifles life.

2 comments:

The Western Confucian said...

Her observation that "if there are laws determining the lives of Vietnamese it seems in the area of transportation nobody follows them" brings to mind this old article of mine — Anarchy, or Spontaneous Order, on the Streets of Saigon.

abraxas said...

As i understand, they have 1 traffic rule:
in any accident, the driver of the larger vehicle is at fault.
i want to see that law here ...
peace

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