Spot­light shines on ‘hol­i­day cor­rup­tion’

Cen­tral dis­ci­pline au­thor­ity steps up ef­forts to pre­vent im­proper be­hav­iors

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

China’s top anti-graft au­thor­ity has stepped up ef­forts to pre­vent “hol­i­day cor­rup­tion” and pro­vided ways for the pub­lic to pro­vide tips dur­ing the two up­com­ing ma­jor hol­i­days.

The Mid-Au­tumn Fes­ti­val, which falls on the 15th of this month, and the Na­tional Day hol­i­day, which lasts from Oct 1 to 7, are ma­jor tra­di­tional hol­i­days, and peo­ple cus­tom­ar­ily send gifts to fam­ily mem­bers and close friends.

Moon­cakes, usu­ally served at fam­ily gath­er­ings on the night of the Mid-Au­tumn Fes­ti­val, have in re­cent years, how­ever, been wrapped into gift boxes to serve as hol­i­day ben­e­fits for pub­lic ser­vants at govern­ment ex­pense.

In some cases, lux­ury items such as watches and high-end wines have been in­cluded in moon­cake boxes and sent to govern­ment of­fi­cials.

The Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, the coun­try’s top anti-graft agency, has set up col­umns on its web­site for whistle­blow­ers.

With the few clicks of a but­ton and by pro­vid­ing some ba­sic in­for­ma­tion, any­one is able to re­port cor­rup­tion anony­mously.

The top dis­ci­pline in­spec­tion body has en­cour­aged mem­bers of the pub­lic to re­port cor­rup­tion through a va­ri­ety of chan­nels — in­clud­ing apps such as WeChat — es­pe­cially in cases of us­ing pub­lic money on per­sonal trips, host­ing ban­quets and spend­ing on night­clubs.

A weekly re­port will be pub­lished on the CCDI’s web­site to make pub­lic the cases re­lat­ing to breaches of the eight-point aus­ter­ity rules, which were in­tro­duced at the end of 2012 with the aim of re­ject­ing ex­trav­a­gance and ex­ces­sive for­mal­i­ties among Par­tymem­bers as well as govern­ment of­fi­cials.

In ad­di­tion, the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate pub­lished a no­tice re­quir­ing procu­ra­torates at all lev­els to earnestly im­ple­ment the cen­tral au­thor­i­ties’ de­mand to root out the un­de­sir­able work prac­tices of func­tionar­ies and im­pro­pri­eties in their life­styles. More than 20 of­fi­cials at or above vice-min­is­te­rial level have been dis­ci­plined for such vi­o­la­tions since the be­gin­ning of this year, ac­cord­ing to the CCDI web­site.

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