The Telegraph, relying on reports out of Hong Kong, provides us with the latest news and gossip on the seemingly unstoppable Shanghai corruption scandal. Qiu Xiaohua, the implicated former head of China’s National Bureau of Statistics who we told you about briefly last week, is said to have taken more than US$6.5 million out of Shanghai’s pension fund and given it as a “gift” to his “secret mistress and their daughter.” How did this generous offering come to light? It was “found recorded in a ledger kept by the head of the pension fund”! How’s that for transparency?
It gets weirder from there:
The party has become so alarmed at the connection between corruption and mistresses that last year it announced that all officials would have to register their lovers. Internet sites have begun to keep league tables of the cases, including a planning official with 140 mistresses and a textile industry supervisor was found to possess diaries containing hair belonging to 235 different women.
“Corruption tours” including “Sanshandao Corrupt Leisure Trip”, “Classic Corruption Official Tour” and “Corruption Lunch” were recently advertised in a Shanghai newspaper by the Yingyun Trading Company of Hongkou district in a local newspaper.
Concerned local citizens complained the district Bureau of Industry and Commerce, and the company was forced to stop running the ads and publish an apology.
According to a Sina article (republished on Qihoo, link – in Chinese), “corrupt leaisure trip” (腐败休闲游) has recently become a popular slang expression, especially on the Internet, to refer to a laid back, relaxed way of traveling.
Someone should start a real Shanghai corruption tour: And to your left we have the apartment building that houses mistresses numbers 23, 52 and 139 …
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