By Cal Widdall
“An official will be sneered at as a freak if he refuses to take money.”
-YU ZHIPING (余治平), FORMER VICE MAYOR OF MEISHAN CITY, SICHUAN
After being sentenced to 13 years in jail for accepting bribes of 3 million yuan ($480,000 USD) last year, Yu Zhiping claimed that officials who do not accept bribes are viewed as freaks. He also claimed that he accepted his first pay-off to avoid a loss of face for the businessman attempting to bribe him. How considerate!