"BEIJING, CHINA - Chinese authorities have punished two policemen for throwing lavish banquets and receiving money from guests, as the government pursues a crackdown on corruption, state media said Monday.
A Communist Party disciplinary commission in the southern province of Guangdong said the sumptuous parties had cast the government and the party in a bad light, Xinhua news agency said.
The vice police chief in Lianjiang city, Chen Xizhao, was suspended for inviting 400 guests to a sumptuous banquet at his new home and collecting 65,000 yuan (S$13,407) in cash gifts from them, the report said."
Corruption is recognized as one of the most damaging conduct that erode the credibility of the authority and can cause the collapse of the authority if the oppressed people blow their top! The CCP leaders are well aware of the threat and are taking firm actions to deal with it before it spin out of control. Though some said the enforcement is selective, and many are due to political disharmony within the CCP than real interest to curb the spread corruption, it is suffice to know that it is recognized as a damaging factor.
Lessons for me are:
1. people in authority must have personal integrity as its foundation for wanting to be the leader in the community;
2. people in authority must be duly and severely punished if they fall foul of the laws, especially those who were entrusted to ensure its impartial execution! In Chinese, it is known as: 知法犯法罪加一等 (those who are entrusted to upkeep the laws deserved double-punishment for breaking the said laws!);
3. it is easy and natural for people to authority to forget the original intention of their being selected or promoted to the authoritative position. There must be process of 'check-and-balance' where avenues for feeding back corrupt conducts to higher authority are made known and easily available. Of course, any whistler blowers must be prepared to back up any allegation with reasonably solid evidence for the higher authority to work on. At the same time, the higher authority will employ innovative investigative methods to validate the information given or to gather further evidence of wrong doing.
Even though the 'anti-corruption' campaign may be sporadic and, some are politically motivated, it is still a good deterrent to warn those who want to try their luck that they may end up in the same situation as the official sanctioned here! It is better to keep off the new comers to try than not doing anything!