A Hunan real estate tycoon has revealed that he paid 320,000 yuan in bribe to more than 300 provincial people’s congress deputies in a failed attempt to win a congressional seat.
Huang Yubiao, 67, told the South China Morning Post by phone yesterday that officials with the local congress instructed him to bribe the delegates, which he was led to believe would improve his chances of winning a seat on the congress. He said he paid at least 1,000 yuan to more than 300 delegates, but later found out that many recipients did not vote for him.
“The local government threatened me not to make the matter public, and said I could be charged because I bribed public officials,” he said. “But I only did that because they told me to in the first place. And they told me the bribe was a ‘work expense’.”
After losing the election, Huang said, he demanded that recipients of his money refer him via a bank transfer, so he could keep the transactions as evidence. He also said he secretly videotaped those who returned the money to him in person.
The provincial disciplinary committee for Hunan told reporters from the Southern Metro Daily that an investigation was underway.
Reaction to Huang’s revelations ranged from shock to disgust… that Huang thought his paltry 1,000 yuan bribes would do the trick.
“One has to spend millions of yuan to be elected as a village head, but now this person wants to spend only hundreds of thousands [of yuan] to become a provincial-level congress deputy,” lawyer Yuan Yulai posted online. “How ridiculous is that?”