‘Naked of­fi­cial’ in Guangzhou re­port­edly un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHENG CAIXIONG in Guangzhou zheng­caix­iong@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Fang Xuan, for­mer deputy Party chief of Guangzhou, cap­i­tal of Guang­dong prov­ince, is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­cause of his sta­tus as a lu­oguan, or “naked of­fi­cial”, Hong Kong me­dia re­ported on Thurs­day.

Of­fi­cials with Guang­dong’s provin­cial com­mis­sion of dis­ci­pline in­spec­tion re­fused to con­firm whether Fang has been placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Lu­oguan de­scribes of­fi­cials whose spouses and chil­dren have left China.

Fang is the first and high­est rank­ing of­fi­cial forced to pre­ma­turely re­tire be­cause of his lu­oguan sta­tus in Guang­dong. Lo­cal me­dia re­ported that he was in­structed to re­sign last month, but they did not re­veal where Fang’s spouse and chil­dren have em­i­grated.

Hu Chun­hua, Party chief of Guang­dong prov­ince, promised in March to take mea­sures to in­ves­ti­gate lu­oguan ac­cord­ing to Party reg­u­la­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, Guang­dong be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing lu­oguan since the end of last year by ask­ing of­fi­cials to re­port their prop­er­ties, the em­ploy­ment sta­tus of spouses and chil­dren and exit and en­try records.

Lu­oguan will be dis­missed or asked to re­tire early if they refuse to ask their fam­ily mem­bers to give up their over­seas res­i­dence per­mits.

Ac­cord­ing to Hong Kong me­dia, many Party and govern­ment of­fi­cials in cities in the Pearl River Delta have asked their spouses to re­turn to the main­land and re­sume their house­hold reg­is­tra­tions af­ter Fang’s case was ex­posed.

Zhou Tian­ming, for­mer deputy head of Foshan, a pros­per­ous city 20 kilo­me­ters from Guangzhou, was de­moted to deputy mayor of Yunfu, a re­mote city in western Guang­dong, last De­cem­ber. Hong Kong me­dia said Zhou, who had worked in Foshan for decades, is a lu­oguan.

Liu Hai, Party chief of Jiang­men, has asked his wife, who lives in Hong Kong, to give up her Hong Kong res­i­dence per­mit, and Liang Wei­dong, Party chief of Shunde district of Foshan, has asked his fam­ily mem­bers to give up their for­eign res­i­dence per­mits, Hong Kong me­dia re­ported.

More than 30 of­fi­cials town­ship of­fi­cials have also been forced to re­tire or have been trans­ferred to nom­i­nal posts in Dong­guan when they were found to be lu­oguan, ac­cord­ing to Hong Kong me­dia.

Zhang Yiri, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor from Guangzhou City Polytech­nic, said the cen­tral govern­ment’s pol­icy to pre­vent lu­oguan from be­ing pro­moted has been sig­nif­i­cant in fight­ing cor­rup­tion.

“Lu­oguan’s pa­tri­o­tism and re­sis­tance to cor­rup­tion must be ques­tioned when they are alone in the main­land,” Zhang said.

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