Addressing the ceremony, Politburo member and Secretary of HCM City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan stressed that President Ho Chi Minh is a national liberation hero, a world cultural celebrity. At the same time, he is the beloved leader of the Vietnamese nation and a close friend of progressive mankind.
Nhan said he is proud of the 397 role models in the campaign of following the President’s moral example, and asked each official and Party member in the city to continue study in order to thoroughly understand his thoughts and unceasingly improve themselves, thus building a really strong and clean Party organisation and maintaining the trust and support of the people.
Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Van Tai, police chief of Tam Phu Ward (Thu Duc district) is one of the role models. He was the initiator of the idea to cook and distribute free porridge to poor patients, which helped create the image of friendly and helpful police to the public.
Another honoured person is Dinh Thi Kim Phan, a retired teacher who has taught children patients of cancer at the HCM City Oncology Hospital for more than 10 years.
On the occasion, 155 individuals and units were conferred with certificates of merit from the municipal Party Committee and 242 were awarded with certificates of merit from the municipal Party Committee’s Commission of Education and Popularisation.
The 10th-tenure Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam issued Directive 06 in 2006 to launch the campaign of studying Ho Chi Minh ideology and following the late President’s moral example, and the 11th-tenure issued Directive 03 in 2011 to push the movement a step further.