The deputy director of Nanjing’s Lishui district management bureau has been sacked after it was discovered that he had not only skipped out on a meeting, but hired a representative (who showed up ten minutes late) to attend on his behalf.
The dismissal of Yu Lixin, which was first announced through the Nanjing Commission of Discipline’s Weibo page on Sunday afternoon, has since been applauded by netizens who praised the governors’ zero-tolerance approach. One such comment read: “This is a very serious reminder to all officials, to make people realise that rules are meant to be observed and not just empty talk.”
According to Yangtse Evening News, Mayor Miao Ruilin, who had chaired the meeting on urban and environmental management issues on Saturday afternoon, got so ticked off at the lack of discipline among his committee members that he announced that anyone who turned up late for a meeting would first have to explain themselves, and also pay a fine regardless of any mitigating circumstances.
Lesson learned? Next time you hire a stand-in, at least make sure they are punctual-or risk getting exposed alongside other officials erring on the more serious side of the corruption scale.
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By Yuen Sin