Ma Linxiang, deputy head of Qingheying village in Beijing’s Chaoyang district has been fired as a result of his son’s extravagant wedding, the Shanghai Daily reports.
The wedding, conservatively valued at 1.6 million yuan, consisted of three days of banquets. The finale was held at the China National Convention Center, a 2008 Summer Olympics venue. 400 guests dined on expensive delicacies such as sea cucumber and abalone, and were entertained by famous Chinese folk singers.
Ma violated a local ban on government officials spending excessively on banquets. This is part of a wider, national frugality campaign/corruption crackdown whose measures have ranged from halting all new government construction projects to clamping down on officials’ birthday parties and even official spending on mooncakes.
Accoring to Zhang Yaocan, a professor of politics and law at Central China Normal University in Hubei, “It has become common for officials to see it as a money-making opportunity to hold various banquets for their families.” Cash gifts for the newly-weds amounted to 60,000 yuan.
Ma, followed the time-honored tradition of blaming the in-laws and said “The bride’s parents were determined and I failed to dissuade them.”
By Maea Lenei Buhre
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