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Shanxi Officials, Upset Restaurant Has No Good Baijiu, Smashes the Place Up

Posted: 09/5/2014 11:02 am

The smashed table

Not every restaurant has thousands of yuan to buy fine Maotai wines or Huanghelou cigarettes to pander to pot-bellied Chinese officials. Just know that if such luxuries aren’t in the budget, you may want to screen your clientele.

On August 31, nine officials in Hongdong County, Shanxi Province, smashed a local restaurant and beat its manager after complaining the restaurant’s portion sizes were too small and its cigarettes and alcohol were of inferior quality, reported the People’s Daily.

It’s unclear which dishes were served by the restaurant but the so-called low-brow quality cigarettes and alcohol the officials were complaining about have been identified as Zhonghua cigarettes and 20 year-old Fenjiu that costs around RMB 300 a bottle. Perhaps not the Dom Pérignon of baijiu but probably pretty darn close.

The 20 year-old Fenjiu costs around RMB 300 a bottle.

The story came to light after an online user posted images of the smashed glass tables, broken plates and overturned chairs. According to the police report, the manager stated that not only did the officials vandalize the restaurant, they also refused to pay the RMB 2,000 tab ($326).

The central government has issued a series of anti-corruption regulations banning officials from participating in extravagant meals, receiving gifts or taking expensive business trips, but clearly the officials in faraway Shanxi province are not heeding Beijing’s call.

Here are more photos:

A pack of Zhonghua cigarettes costs dozens of yuan.

A turned chair

Photos: Weibo


Guangzhou Officials Asked to Return Their Cheap Social Housing Apartments

Posted: 05/16/2014 9:38 am

We can file this under “Never-Gonna-Happen”.

The public has demanded officials disclose their assets and properties for a long time now, and yet still nothing fruitful or noteworthy has come of it. Now, Guangzhou is expecting its officials in Huangpu District to voluntarily return any extra apartments they have improperly allocated for their own use before the end of this month.

If that is the case, the officials will have a lot of paper work to do, and a lot of properties to conceal, and the commission fees for some of the city’s big housing agents will be going through the roof from now until then.

All division level (处级以上) officials and higher working in institutions under the Huangpu District’s government, Communist Party Committee or state companies are subject to the new rule, according to Guangzhou Daily’s report on Wednesday.

Officials who own more than two social housing apartments, or officials who use their connections to buy low-income housings for their children and relatives, are expected to return those properties, the report said. But it did not mention any punishment for officials who refuse to do so.

But as if to appease the public about the rule’s successful implementation in the foreseeable future, the report cited an example of how the district has cleared out more than 190 improperly used government offices measuring 5,875.44 square meters in total since it issued a similar directive late last year.

Like so many other new rules Guangdong has recently unveiled including banning officials from calling each other “brother” or “boss” and the right to go clubbing, we can bank on the ultimate rule that has always, time after time, never failed to deliver – “wherever there is a policy from the top, there is a counter-policy from the bottom (上有政策,下有对策)”.

Home page photo credit: Anhui Daily 


Deputy Mayor of Dongguan Under Investigation

Posted: 05/9/2014 9:13 am

Liang Guoying, center, is an official that gets to (the) point.

And still the turnover continues as another official in Dongguan is destined for the chopping block.

The Guangdong Provincial Commission for Disciplinary Inspection released a statement that said Liang Guoying, the executive deputy mayor of Dongguan, is under investigation for ”serious discipline violations,” Shanghai Daily reports.

There are no other details released at this time. We don’t know what crimes Liang is accused of, or why. However, we can all have full faith that Liang is as good as guilty as the provincial watchdog wouldn’t waste our time by announcing an investigation into a person that’s plain innocent.

RELATED: Mayor of Dongguan: “I Had No Idea Prostitution Was
Such a Big Problem”

It hasn’t been announced if Liang’s investigation has to do with the prostitution crackdown the city underwent last February, but Liang would be joining a list of accused persons that keeps growing in prestige:

  • 865 arrests made
  • 36 police officers involved of which 9 are in criminal detention, 13 face disciplinary action, 14 are under investigation
  • Yan Xiaokang, Deputy Mayor and head of the local Public Security Bureau
  • Liang Yaohui, a deputy in the National People’s Congress

WATCH: Dongguan Youth Sing for City Pride [Video]

 Photo: Xinhua, NewsCenter

Heroes of Guangzhou Knife Attack: Migrant with Rod, Officials with Guns [UPDATED]

Posted: 05/8/2014 6:22 pm
knife attack suspect shan hero guangzhou railway station

Hero Shan is shown in the middle, and the attacker depicted at left. The armed officials have not shown up yet.

When calamity and chaos strike, it is the heroes that step forward and distinguish themselves by their actions. It is in the nature of a hero to act because the one defining characteristic they all share is that a hero serves.

On the morning of May 6, a man began to indiscriminately attack passengers leaving the Guangzhou Railway Station with a long bladed knife, causing non life-threatening injuries to six people before being shot and detained by police. And it’s because of heroes like Shan that the situation didn’t get any worse.

READ: Suspect Acted Alone in Knife Attack at Guangzhou Railway Station

Mr Shan is a 42 year-old migrant all the way from Heilongjiang Province. After arriving in Guangzhou at 11am, he unexpectedly became caught up in the knifing incident as he was leaving the plaza.

Shan was very fortunate when the backpack he was wearing helped deflect some of the slashes made at him by the knife-wielding attacker, and as a result only suffered minor injuries.

Shan told his story to the Southern Metropolis Daily. ”I picked up a wooden rod that had been left on the ground by other passengers to confront the attacker,” he said. “More people would have been stabbed if I hadn’t done that, because the attacker stabbed everyone he met like crazy.”

Shan also added, “When the attacker moved, I also moved to block him so that he couldn’t hurt others.”

READ: Eyewitness Accounts Depict Horrors of
Guangzhou Railway Station Attack

As reported by China Daily, Shan said he used the rod to knock away the suspect’s knife before police officers rushed in. This statement contradicts earlier published reports, and if true, signifies that the police had shot an unarmed man.

But that is but one half of the heroic coin that pays for the safety of our society. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the officials that we see in photographs getting the job done.

In the wake of the Guangzhou Railway Station knife attack, Chinese officials got personally involved with the beefing of security at train stations across the country. Reported as having made personal tours of inspection are Fu Zhenghua, vice-minister of the Ministry of Public Security, who visited Beijing Railway Station; vice-minister Liu Yanping, who visited several railway stations in Shanghai; and Huang Baowei, head of the Zhengzhou public security bureau, who made an inspection of rural areas of the city.

RELATED: Knife Attack at Shenzhen North Station Watched by
Crowd of Bystanders

It’s always great to have officials making sure that security is tight, but those wanting an extra layer of security may sleep better knowing that these officials are described as making these inspections while “armed. You know that these guys have all got your back when they’re packing heat.

Meanwhile, the the identity of the sole suspect in this attack has still not yet been revealed to the public. As well, the SCMP confirms an early report that said the suspect loitered at the Guangzhou Railway Station for hours before making the attack as citing a security video that features the suspect in it.

UPDATE May 9, 2014: Our hero gets the recognition he deserves.

heroes guangzhou station attack knifing train Yesterday, Shan Lianbo and Wang Fengwu were both recognized by the city for their heroic deeds in helping police confront the attacker that put six people in hospital. Both men were awarded a “Guangzhou Samaritan Certificate” as well as a RMB 5,000 cash reward.

Photo: Weibo (1)


Netizens incensed over officials photographed dozing off on the job in Shenzhen

Posted: 01/21/2013 7:00 am

What’s your favourite quote about meetings?

Is it economist John Kenneth Galbraith’s “Meetings are indispensible when you don’t want to accomplish anything”? Or is it author Thomas Sowell’s “People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything”?

Photographs were leaked on January 15 showing officials at the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress sleeping and playing on their mobile phones, Shanghaiist reported.

The agenda at the meeting included pressing issues such as air pollution, food safety, and education. But the attendees in the photographs were not interested enough to pay attention.

Maybe they don’t care. It may be that meetings have a way of making the most interesting subjects boring. But they did not pick a good time to be photographed neglecting their duties.

A sleeping official

It’s at this time of year that Chinese society’s unfairness and inequality become particularly evident.

While people with money and connections are able to afford to visit their families at Spring Festival, migrant workers struggle to afford the tickets for public transport and hotel rooms that see their prices hiked for the season. This issue caused controversy in Foshan last week.

Netizens have reacted angrily to the images of officials slacking on their jobs as they are among society’s most privileged people. There are over 100,000 comments under the original news story.

One netizen said: “When they want to arrest you it takes a night. When they want to raise commodity prices it takes a week. When they want to raise taxes it takes a month. When they want to ban fish wings, it takes three years. When you ask them to publicize information about their assets, they don’t do anything for decades.”

Look at all the bowed heads

Other comments included: “This just goes to show that even they don’t believe a word they say”; “Reforms should be introduced to prevent these dogs from representing anybody”; and “They really are representative of the people they govern.”

That last comment shows that these photographs are less sensational than they would have been if the same thing happened in, say, America. In China, many people start sleeping at inappropriate times early in life. It is common and sometimes even expected for students to sleep in class.

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