Strike at the root of cor­rup­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

A high-rank­ing fe­male of­fi­cial in the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­source and So­cial Se­cu­rity has been con­victed of cor­rup­tion af­ter it was de­tected that she had spent 130,000 yuan ($20,890) on cos­me­tol­ogy and had the en­tire amount cov­ered as meet­ing ex­penses or con­tri­bu­tion fees. The high-pro­file case shows that only by strength­en­ing fi­nan­cial su­per­vi­sion and im­prov­ing the fi­nan­cial sys­tem can higher au­thor­i­ties curb of­fi­cials’ pre­sump­tu­ous con­sump­tion, says an ar­ti­cle in Le­gal Daily. Ex­cerpts:

It is not dif­fi­cult to drawupa long list of cor­rupt fe­male of­fi­cials who have spent huge amounts on cos­metic prod­ucts and/or cos­me­tol­ogy. Ev­i­dence of huge amounts of pub­lic funds spent on such prod­ucts and treat­ment can be eas­ily traced back to a num­ber of high-end beauty sa­lons.

A look into the cases would show that the cor­rupt fe­male of­fi­cials have spent their ill-got­ten money to en­hance their “beauty” and that all of them have been found guilty of cor­rup­tion and con­victed of their crimes by courts.

But a deeper look into the phe­nom­e­non would re­veal that the prob­lem is not as sim­ple as it seems. Con­sump­tion of beauty en­hanc­ing prod­ucts is only one of the many ways that cor­rupt of­fi­cials spend their il­licit money on. In most of the cases, cor­rupt of­fi­cials do not de­cide to abuse their pow­ers tomake amends later or to give up their cor­rupt ways al­to­gether. In­stead, cor­rup­tion is a choice they make af­ter spot­ting the loop­holes in the su­per­vi­sion sys­tem.

There­fore, to curb such mal­prac­tices by of­fi­cials, higher au­thor­i­ties should ex­pe­dite the launch­ing of the “three pub­lic ex­penses” sys­tem. If strictly im­ple­mented, the “three pub­lic ex­penses” sys­tem can elim­i­nate the pos­si­bil­ity of fi­nan­cial funds flow­ing through wrong chan­nels into wrong hands. Also, the open­ing of more pri­vate lux­ury clubs, which is against so­cial con­ven­tion and moral norms, should be banned and those abus­ing power to fa­cil­i­tate their open­ing pun­ished. The au­thor­i­ties should re­al­ize that it is im­por­tant to strike at the root of cor­rup­tion to root it out from our ev­ery­day life.

If su­per­vi­sion on the use of power is strength­ened and in­sti­tu­tional con­straints are eased, many cor­rupt prac­tices can be elim­i­nated. With­out such mea­sures, it will be al­most im­pos­si­ble for the higher au­thor­i­ties to elim­i­nate cor­rup­tion from the bu­reau­cracy and so­ci­ety as a whole.

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