Not again: A government officer who was photographed being carried by one of his staff members across a flooded area of Guixi Cty, Jiangxi province to avoid getting wet was removed from his position not long after, People’s Daily said.
On the afternoon of June 20, a flood hit the city, causing problems for students who kept falling into the water on their way home from school. According to a tip-off from Weibo user @村上天空 , a rescue team was sent to the scene, including a government officer who requested that one of his staff members carry him, piggyback-style, across the flooded stream so that he wouldn’t get wet. The officer, identified as a deputy director in Guixi, was later removed from his position.
Hundreds of netizens shared their opinions online, many in defense of the official.
吴chok熙 said: “How many good government officers are out there? Have you tried to count the number?”
“What are you so angry about? It’s nothing compared with raping children and bribery. Maybe it’s just because his staff wears slippers, making it more convenient to walk in the flood,” 六六很忙 said in defense of the official.
不想被搜特此改名 asked: “Why remove him from his position just because he was carried on his staff’s back? There are more types of “cockroaches” (officers) worse than him.”
慢龙2012 said: “I wonder how he became a government officer.”
一定ok啦ok added: “It’s not a big deal. Why not spend more time digging out real corruption?”
Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time a government official has been punished for such a deed. A Zhejiang official was let go in October after photos revealed that he took a ride on a villager’s shoulders because he didn’t want to ruin his expensive shoes while visiting flood victims.
By Lucy Liu
[Image Via People Daily ]