By Sharon Kwok.
Since the 18th National Congress of the CPC, anti-corruption voices in China are stronger than ever. Campaigners are aided by Chinese officials’ seemingly insatiable appetite for sex and scandal, which has provided plenty of ammunition for those who would take them down, whether for the good of the country or to settle personal scores.
A discipline inspection official from the Health Bureau in Linzhou, Henan province, has been suspended from his position after three photos that allegedly show him cuddling a naked woman in bed were released online in early December. He is now under investigation by the city’s Commission for Discipline Inspection.
The photos of Feng Xilin, 45, who is also a member of the Bureau’s Party Committee, were posted anonymously online, with captions accusing him of being a home wrecker who destroys families and keeps mistresses. The woman in the photo was later identified as a doctor working at a local hospital. Both of them were divorced, but got married just two days after the scandal was exposed. What a coincidence.
The photos have attracted a lot of traffic since they were published. Some netizens think there is insufficient evidence for such an intense, personal accusation. Someone writing under the nom de plume “Linzhou Driving School” even claimed to be an acquaintance of Feng, and sought to refute the rumour.
“I know Mr. Lin. He’s optimistic, righteous and incorruptible. He enjoys sports, especially Ping Pong, and has a good sense of humour. He must have been framed in this whole mistress controversy. Besides, the above photos are all blurry and could have been edited. I hope people don’t trust this rumour easily.”