The crackdown on lavish government feasting ensues. Now, a Chinese Communist Party official has reportedly been suspended due to running up unpaid bills of 115,000 USD at a pig trotter restaurant in Xuchang, Henan Province.
The Global Times reported that Han Junhong, the party secretary in Wanluo, managed to rack up an account of 700,450 yuan due to various banquets held at the restaurant over the last three years.
“A total of 700,450 yuan was paid to me on Friday,” Geng Weijie, the owner of a local restaurant, which is famous for its pork trotters, told the Global Times on Sunday, adding that Han Junhong, the secretary of the township Party committee, had also apologized to him.
The city and county discipline inspection commissions have launched a joint investigation into the case, which resulted in Han’s suspension. Li Yanfeng, the director of the publicity department of the Wangluo township, Xiangcheng county in Xuchang, told the Global Times on Sunday that the results of the investigation would be publicized.
The owner was forced to put up banners outside of his shop to shame Han into paying up.
“I am seriously ill, I have a small child, and my family has debts to pay,” Greg said in a Beijing Newspaper.
Earlier this month, an official in Beijing’s Chaoyang district was fired as a result of his son’s extravagant, three-day wedding. Shortly after, the Global Times published an investigation into the custom of government officials throwing mass banquets and the “heavy financial burdens” they bring to local residents.
“Every local government spends similar amounts on receptions,” Han was quoted as saying in the Global Times report.
Yeah, maybe not following the examples set by your party peers is the best way to go.
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