Former le­gal of­fi­cial re­mem­bered for his de­vo­tion to Ti­betan com­mu­nity

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By HUANG ZHILING in Chengdu huangzhiling@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Ev­ery day, 81-year-old Phuntsog Tashi lights a lamp made from but­ter and chants Bud­dhist scrip­ture.

“I pray for Su Zhibin, who was a good man, and hope the lamp will light his way to heaven,” said the res­i­dent of Zhonggu vil­lage, Ji­u­long county, i n Ganzi Ti­betan au­ton­o­mous pre­fec­ture, Sichuan prov­ince.

Su, former chief procu­ra­tor of the county procu­ra­torate, died of a stroke aged 50 in Chengdu, cap­i­tal of Sichuan, on Sept 2. Doc­tors said the cere­bral hem­or­rhage was in­duced by stress and over­work.

The of­fi­cial had spear­headed ef­forts to have Phuntsog’s home con­nected to the lo­cal wa­ter sup­ply net­work. Pre­vi­ously, Phuntsog had to carry wa­ter to his home from a far­away well in the vil­lage.

As news of Su’s death spread, many of the 486 res­i­dents of Haidi vil­lage in Ji­u­long’s Kuiduo town­ship pre­pared to travel the more than 700 kilo­me­ters to at­tend his fu­neral in Chengdu, ac­cord­ing to Pan Chang­ming, one of the vil­lagers.

Ganzi Ti­betan au­ton­o­mous pre­fec­ture is one of Sichuan’s less de­vel­oped ar­eas and lead­ing of­fi­cials at dif­fer­ent lev­els have the task of help­ing peo­ple in need. Su did many good deeds for the needy, said Gou Yadong, an in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer with the pre­fec­ture’s gov­ern­ment.

Haidi, in a moun­tain­ous re­gion of the prov­ince, used to be al­most in­ac­ces­si­ble to the out­side world, but Su man­aged to per­suade the county’s fi­nance chiefs to al­lo­cate more than 4 mil­lion yuan ($575,000) for the con­struc­tion of a new ac­cess road, Pan said.

Su was born and raised in the pre­fec­ture’s Shiqu county, where the av­er­age el­e­va­tion is 4,526 me­ters and the tem­per­a­ture rarely climbs much above freez­ing.

Dur­ing his 31-year ca­reer, he worked in a num­ber of the p r e f e c t u r e ’s procu­ra­torates.

He started in 1985 as a bailiff in the Shiqu county procu­ra­torate. Yet due to never hav­ing at­tended any in­sti­tu­tions of higher ed­u­ca­tion, he knew lit­tle about the law.

“He learned what he knew from older col­leagues, and old news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines that he col­lected from the procu­ra­torate’s var­i­ous of­fices. He would read these clip­pings from time to time and grad­u­ally, he be­came an ex­pert of sorts,” said Yeshi Dorje, one of Su’s col­leagues at the Shiqu county procu­ra­torate.

“Be­fore he started work­ing in Ganzi’s Luhuo county procu­ra­torate in the year 2000, he had han­dled more than 200 crim­i­nal cases in Shiqu with­out mak­ing any mis­takes.”

At the end of 2011, Su be­came chief procu­ra­tor of the procu­ra­torate of Ji­u­long county, which is mostly in­hab­ited by Ti­betans and Yi peo­ple.

“In the small county, lo­cals like to treat each other to din­ner and give each other cig­a­rettes and liquor as gifts. But Su never ban­queted at pub­lic ex­pense. He didn’t smoke or drink, and he never ac­cepted any gifts,” said Deng Mingchao, one of his younger col­leagues at the Ji­u­long county procu­ra­torate.

DING SHAN / FOR CHINA DAILY

A vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ences a VR de­vice dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional In­no­va­tion and En­trepreneur­ship Expo in Bei­jing on Fri­day.

Su Zhibin

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