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orchipalar
16-12-2004, 05:44 PM
Thursday, December 16, 2004

China penalises 754 officials for alleged misuse of government money

BEIJING (AP): China has penalised or detained 754 officials for misusing billions of yuan in government funds following an audit of 2003 accounts, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The report did not give any details on who the officials were or how they were punished, but the latest move appeared to be part of an ongoing campaign to crack down on corruption in an effort to staunch rising public anger that could undermine Communist rule.

By October, the treasury had reclaimed 20.87 billion yuan (US$2.5 billion; euro1.88 billion) of 28.6 billion yuan (US$3.46 billion; euro2.57 billion) kept illegally by government departments, Xinhua said.

The figures were released Wednesday in a report presented to Premier Wen Jiabao during a meeting of the State Council, China's Cabinet.

"The State Council ... has always placed great importance to correcting the problems found by auditors,'' Xinhua said, citing the report. "The Chinese government will tighten management of its financial work in an effort to curb corruption while improving auditing.''

Thousands of officials have been punished -- and some executed -- during the anti-corruption campaign that began in the late 1990s.

Leaders have balked at allowing more accountability that might undermine their monopoly on power but have opted for harsh penalties for some of those found guilty of abuses.

Earlier this month, a former Chinese provincial governor was sentenced to 11 years in prison for taking almost a million yuan (US$120,000; euro90,000) in bribes.

China's top auditor has said 3,253 officials were punished from 2000 to June of this year after being found guilty of "economic misdeeds,'' Xinhua reported in November.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/12/16/latest/20171Chinapena&sec=latest

Err...has anyone got any knowledge or heard about how many past Malaysian TOP government officials was ever charged for corruption or brought to justice for misappropriating public funds?....anyone?....
:confused:

Heeehehehehe...no lar Orchi...our government officials very clean one... :rolleyes:

Joe Gomez
16-12-2004, 05:53 PM
And this happenned in China who can learn a lot from our brand of democracy.
We can teach them a thing or two about not how to swindle but how to get away scot free AND stay in power AND be given a resounding 3/4 ths majority by the adoring public.
These fellows have a lot to learn from those like us who have practised democracy for 47 looooong years.

Damn I love this country.

Pets=Friends
17-12-2004, 09:09 AM
The report did not give any details on who the officials were or how they were punished, but the latest move appeared to be part of an ongoing campaign to crack down on corruption in an effort to staunch rising public anger that could undermine Communist rule.

I wonder how can we convey the same message to our government peacefully.