Ailing President Le Duc Anh returned to politics yesterday warning 'sabotage' and 'selfish individualism' was undermining Communist Party rule. In his first public appearance after a severe stroke in November, General Anh, 76, resorted to revolutionary rhetoric during a 20-minute address to open the National Assembly. 'Above all dangers is one of individualism,' he said in what is expected to be one of last his key addresses as President. 'Individualism is on the rise with development under any form, under any colour . . . it is in the state enterprises and in the state organs. 'It is causing harm to unity and to state assets, limiting the development of the country and reducing the confidence of the people in the party and state.' 'We respect individuals' interests but these must go hand in hand with the state.' The President also warned the 'plague of selfishness' was driving away foreign investors. After thunderous applause from 500 National Assembly delegates and foreign ambassadors, General Anh stumbled leaving the rostrum - the only sign of the stroke which has kept him out of the spotlight. Vietnamese analysts and officials later said his remarks could be seen as a response to spiralling evidence of corruption in government, state-owned businesses and banking elites. General Anh warned of the constant need for vigilance against 'sabotage' and 'peaceful evolution' - the eroding of party power through Vietnam's new links with the outside world. 'The task of the Army and the party has been to clearly defend and drive back schemes and sabotage by reactionary elements,' he said. 'We must always contribute our wealth and energy to this cause.' Military political supremo Lieutenant-General Le Kha Phieu said the country still wanted to harness 'initiative and contribution' and instead linked individualism to criminal acts. General Anh's tone also differed considerably from Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet's low-key state of the nation speech. Mr Kiet warned against corruption and demanded streamlining laws and Vietnam's bureaucracy to keep foreign investment and aid flowing. He called for increased economic development, including the private sector, to sustain high growth rates. Mr Kiet stressed the need for the new forced-labour campaign, describing mass mobilisation as the Vietnam war's 'greatest lesson'. Mr Kiet and General Anh are expected to be replaced in September or October, when their five-year terms end following National Assembly elections in July. A reshuffle is expected to spark widespread personnel changes in Communist Party and government posts.