Watch­dog warns of mis­con­duct in hol­i­days

Global Times - - Front Page - By Yang Sheng

China’s anti-cor­rup­tion watch­dog is show­ing Party mem­bers it’s not with­out a sense of hu­mor af­ter post­ing an on­line quiz and a funny short video re­mind­ing of­fi­cials not to get in­volved in cor­rup­tion scan­dals dur­ing the Spring Fes­ti­val.

The two-minute video posted on the web­site of the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion (CCDI) of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) uses a mix of live ac­tion and car­toon an­i­ma­tion.

In one scene an of­fi­cial tells friends he’s plan­ning to adopt a dog dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val. In the next scene a cit­i­zen is seen sup­pli­cat­ing him­self as he of­fers the of­fi­cial a dog made of pure gold.

The video lists seven cor­rupt acts, in­clud­ing re­ceiv­ing lux­ury gifts, pre­paid store cards, and ac­cept­ing large amounts of

money at birth­day par­ties for rel­a­tives.

The quiz is avail­able on CCDI’s of­fi­cial WeChat ac­count. It uses il­lus­tra­tions show­ing scenes with an op­por­tu­nity to com­mit a cor­rupt act.

The game shows a grass-root of­fi­cials us­ing gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cles for per­sonal use, go­ing into lux­ury pri­vate clubs and ac­cept­ing a “red en­velop” con­tain­ing cash.

Users are asked to choose the cor­rect an­swer to a mul­ti­ple choice ques­tion for each of the eight pan­els.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing the quiz, users can also in­stantly re­port ac­tual cor­rupt be­hav­ior they’ve wit­nessed to the CCDI via a link posted in the game.

“This is an in­no­va­tive at­tempt to at­tract at­ten­tion to the many ways of­fi­cials can be cor­rupted. Old-school po­lit­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion doesn’t work well with the many young peo­ple who have re­cently be­come grass-roots of­fi­cials,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer sur­named Liu, 27, who is also a grass-roots Party of­fi­cial at the Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Depart­ment of Guangxi Zhuang Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion.

Spring Fes­ti­val is the time of year when Party of­fi­cials are of­ten asked to at­tend ban­quets where they can be lav­ished with gifts by peo­ple seek­ing fa­vors, Su Wei, a pro­fes­sor at the Party School of the CPC Chongqing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee, told the Global Times.

In China, some busi­ness­peo­ple use friendly gath­er­ings dur­ing the Spring Fes­ti­val hol­i­day to build a spe­cial con­nec­tion with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, and some gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials are will­ing to trade their de­ci­sion-mak­ing power for cash and gifts, Su said.

“Some tra­di­tions dur­ing the Spring Fes­ti­val will pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to these peo­ple,” he added.

“Dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val, it’s very nor­mal to see Chi­nese peo­ple at­tend a ban­quet ev­ery day with dif­fer­ent peo­ple. For peo­ple with of­fi­cial au­thor­ity, the best way to avoid get­ting caught in an awk­ward po­si­tion is to spend more time with fam­ily. It’s very hard to pre­dict what will hap­pen at some feasts with spe­cial pur­poses,” said a mid­dle-level cadre work­ing for the lead­er­ship of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment who asked that his name not be used.

“Although the game and video are good at­tempts by the CCDI to ed­u­cate Party mem­bers, the anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign must rely on strict law-en­force­ment and ef­fec­tive sur­veil­lance,” Liu said.

Party dis­ci­pline in­spec­tion agen­cies na­tion­wide handed out pun­ish­ments to 527,000 peo­ple in 2017, in­clud­ing 58 of­fi­cials at the provin­cial and min­is­te­rial level or higher, the CCDI an­nounced on Jan­uary 11.

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