Of­fi­cial asked to pay back birth­day money

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YI zhang_yi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body in Shanxi prov­ince con­firmed me­dia re­ports on Sun­day about an of­fi­cial who took money through so­cial me­dia plat­form WeChat.

Xing Yan­jun, who works for the Shanxi Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence, was found to have re­ceived 500 yuan ($74) through WeChat, the com­mit­tee said in a state­ment.

“The per­son­nel depart­ment and the dis­ci­plinary depart­ment of the com­mit­tee have asked Xing to re­turn the money and make a thor­ough self-crit­i­cism. The dis­ci­plinary depart­ment is still look­ing into the mat­ter and will make a de­ci­sion in line with rel­e­vant reg­u­la­tions and dis­ci­pline,” the state­ment said.

Xing, who held a po­si­tion equiv­a­lent to a town­shiplevel gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial in the ad­min­is­tra­tive body of the com­mit­tee, had also taken a part-time job at a pri­vate tu­tor­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion for pub­lic ser­vant ex­am­i­na­tions, it said.

A pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the com­mit­tee found that Xing re­ceived 58 red en­velopes with cash from a WeChat group to cel­e­brate his birth­day on June 23.

A re­port by Bei­jing News cited screen­shots of a WeChat group called “Pub­lic Ser­vant Xing Yan­jun”, which yuan

Amount of money that an of­fi­cial for Shanxi prov­ince’s po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body re­ceived for his birth­day cel­e­bra­tion

has 460 mem­bers — stu­dents from the tu­tor­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The re­port said a mem­ber named “Xing Yan­jun” asked any­body who had failed to send con­grat­u­la­tions on his birth­day — along with a so-called red en­ve­lope, or money — to quit the chat group.

Jiang Ming’an, a law pro­fes­sor of gov­ern­ment ad­min­is­tra­tion at Pek­ing Univer­sity, said pub­lic ser­vants are strictly pro­hib­ited from ben­e­fit­ing from jobs out­side the or­ga­ni­za­tions they work for.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pub­lic Ser­vant Law, pub­lic ser­vants are pro­hib­ited from hold­ing po­si­tions in any or­ga­ni­za­tion that is for profit, and they are not al­lowed to take part in any out­side ac­tiv­ity that is for profit.

Jiang said staff mem­bers who work for the com­mit­tee are pub­lic ser­vants who must abide by the law.

He said the law does not ap­ply to mem­bers of the CPPCC (the po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body) be­cause they are not em­ploy­ees of the ad­min­is­tra­tive body of the CPPCC.

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