Lack of supervision makes illegal gains too tempting

Updated: 2015-01-07 08:27

(China Daily)

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The former Party Chief of Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, East China, is under investigation for corruption and Party discipline violations. Yang Weize is the first "tiger", or senior corrupt official, to be caught in the anti-corruption net in 2015. Comments:

By netting a fully grown "tiger" on the first working day of 2015, the disciplinary agency has shown the nation its firm determination to continue the anti-graft campaign until the government is clean. It is also a warning to officials all over the country that there is no safe haven for corruption, and the only way of staying safe is to cease their pursuit of illegal gains., Jan 6

It was just weeks ago that Yang boasted of Nanjing's prosperity and his achievements on TV; most corrupt officials are good actors urging subordinates to stay clean while embezzling money themselves.

Changsha Evening News, Jan 5

Reports say Yang flattered former national security chief Zhou Yongkang by making Zhou's hometown a star village. That is rather ironic given the reports on the forced demolitions of ordinary people's houses. Please accelerate reform so that officials need to flatter the people, not higher officials!

He Baoguo, writer, via Sina micro blog

In the past two years, nine of the Party or government chiefs of the mainland's 31 provincial capital cities have fallen because of corruption. It is the lack of supervision over concentrated power that makes corruption so tempting for leading positions., Jan 5