In August 2012, deputy director of Dongguan’s top legislative body Ou Lingao was put under investigation when bribes of 17 million yuan in cash were found at his home.
An investigation in China has revealed more than 1,000 “naked officials“—civil servants whose spouses and children have migrated abroad—in Guangdong province. There’s a link here about that pesky sex trade business in Dongguan but it seems too easy.
While it isn’t illegal for officials to have spouses or children living abroad, it’s often times connected to corruption as it gives crooked officials a route to transfer illegally-obtained money overseas.
According to Xinhua, the officials are being asked to either accept demotion, quit their jobs, or bring their families back home. One insider told the agency on condition of anonymity that 200 public employees have so far asked their families to return, while 866 agreed to accept demotion, including nine at mayoral level. In Dongguan alone, 127 officials have been demoted, including 19 at county level.
One Guangzhou official who’d quit told Xinhua, “I told my parents and my wife about the new regulations of the central and provincial governments, but my wife preferred to live in Hong Kong. As family life is equally important to me, I decided to support my wife and give up my job”.
Such cases have been criticized by the public, who believe that the options give corrupt officials a free pass, allowing them to evade punishment.
China has dealt with the slippery issue of naked officials for some time. Now, they’re at the center of Xi Jinping’s touted anti-corruption campaign as members of the public are wondering how many low-salary civil servants are able to afford sending their families abroad.
Bo Xilai, one of the biggest political “tigers” taken down in Xi’s war against corruption, sent his own son to study at Britain’s private school Harrow.
Decidedly, nothing’s coming up Guangdong.
[Image via NTD.tv]