Til death do us Party, etc: Chinese officials on the mainland have been told to tone down their excessively lavish funerals as part of the government’s continuing effort to crack the whip on Party members’ extravagant spending that stops not even for death itself.
According to English.cri.cn, central authorities are being told to set an example with “simple and civilized funerals,” rather than the lavish affairs that have become more about flaunting wealth and connections among officials.
The government document also stated that officials are no longer able to receive public memorial services, and that farewell ceremonies should be “modest and strictly controlled in scale”.
Xi Jinping’s campaign for frugality has so far put the lid on officials’ use of public funding for pricey banquets and luxurious gifting, celebratory drinking and smoking and the construction of highly unnecessary buildings.
A 100-million yuan pure gold Mao Zedong is smiling from his jewel-encrusted throne.