At a lively-looking government meeting, a Shanxi official was rather open in expressing his opinion that national regulations are “total bullshit,” even urging his colleagues to make note of his words.
Unfortunately for him, one member of his attentive audience took the instructions from above a bit too literally and uploaded a video of his boss cursing out national governance onto the web—where it went viral yesterday—resulting in the official’s suspension and likely some sweet retribution from Beijing.
The unruly official who so brazenly mocked Chinese government provisions is reported to be Ren Changchun, who holds the powerful office of the director of travel service in Gujiao city, Shanxi province. Investigators were able to determine his identity because after proclaiming that “national regulations are worth a dog’s fart” (“国家规定是狗屁”) and exhorting those present to record his statement, the official in question then adds: “I, Ren Changchun, will not carry out national regulations.”
Once he was finally able to make his position on national laws clear, he moved on to talking more about his unique leadership style, declaring: “Whoever I say is corrupt is corrupt.” Seems like a pretty straightforward system to us.
A video of Ren’s monologue, aptly titled “remarks of capricious official,” unsurprisingly stirred up a bit of controversy on the Chinese internet with some netizens commenting that Ren’s views are in line with the views of many Chinese local officials across the country, and that is why “rule of man” is triumphing over “rule of law.”
Because of the backlash, city officials carried out an investigation and determined that the meeting occurred on April 30. Ren has been suspended from his post and is likely to soon find out that the mountains are not quite so high and emperor not quite so far away as he had thought.
Still, there are worse ways of being exposed as an official.
Watch the video on Youku:
by Alex Linder
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