Extravagant offices reflect mindset

Updated: 2013-11-12 09:28

(China Daily)

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The construction of the government office building in Changxing county, Zhejiang province, costs 2 billion yuan ($328 million); another government office building in the city of Jinan, Shandong province, costs 4 billion yuan. Such grand office buildings reflect local authorities' luxurious mindsets and ignorance of people's feelings, says an article from youth.cn. Excerpts:

Some local authorities have the wrong perception that the more extravagant their office compounds are, the more capable they seem.

But the construction of such grand office buildings has violated the central government's directives and regulations. Local authorities who build such luxurious office buildings get away with their wrongful behavior because they claim that the funds have been used for construction, and not gone into the pockets of officials. It is certainly rare that an official is investigated for constructing extravagant office buildings, even though it breaches regulations.

In fact, local officials' extravagant mindsets are not only reflected in their flashy work style, but also their deviation from the lives of ordinary people. Such behavior that goes against people's interests should be dealt with as seriously as other political misdeeds.

Governments exercise their powers for the people and they should share weal and woe with the people. To build up extravagant government office buildings using taxpayers' money obviously goes against people's interests, especially at a time when house prices are soaring and many can't afford to buy one. We must hold a "zero-tolerance" attitude towards such extravagant government buildings to prevent it from happening in the future and to nip the luxurious mindsets of officials in the bud.

To crackdown on the "four forms of decadence" namely: formalism, bureaucratism, hedonism and extravagance, such extravagant buildings should never be allowed. It is through the building up of frugality that a better image of the government will be built up in the eyes of the public.

(China Daily 11/12/2013 page9)