SCMP says in its report today titled “Graft-fighters’ suicides linked to pressure of Xi’s corruption crackdown”, “A spate of recent suicides by local anti-graft and judiciary officials may be linked to a sweeping crackdown on corruption launched by new Communist Party boss Xi Jinping, analysts say.”
Before Xi Jinping’s blitz against corruption, the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) said a lot about the threat of corruption to its survival, and had made great efforts against corruption, but corruption had grown from bad to worse, because there had been no real battle against corruption.
Now the CCP has a new leader who has won the support of all powerful elders and who emphasises “Making empty talk is harmful to the nation, while doing practical jobs can help it thrive.”
Xi’s thundering actions in closing all the black jails established by local governments to detain petitioners and informers, and set free all the prisoners there, has struck awe among corrupt officials.
No wonder, since then, there have been panic sales of properties bought with ill-gotten money, attempts at exodus of corrupt officials and businessmen and suicide of corrupt officials crushed by the pressure.
It proves that Xi is really doing practical jobs.
China’s rule of law and legal circles are but babies compared with Western ones. If China has to rely on its rule of law and legal circles to eliminate corruption, the CCP will collapse long before that and China will be in chaos. There will be no hope for the babies to grow up.
Xi should have a Chinese way instead of waiting for decades for China’s rule of law and legal circles to mature. Xi has banned interception of petitioners to allow people to inform against corrupt officials, encouraged net users and the media to expose corruption and non-communist parties and people without party affiliation to criticise the CCP harshly. Those are really very effective ways.
However, as China is such a large country with a huge population, Xi needs quite a few talented assistants to help him do his jobs. Xi has proved himself a wise leader. He has to further prove that he has the talents to discover and employ talented scholars with moral integrity. In my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements”, I describe the emergence of a generation of talented scholars with moral integrity; therefore, there is sufficient supply of such scholars. The key now is whether Xi is able to discover them, win their trust, use their talents and build bonds with them.
If he is competent in those areas, then one of the two formulae I have summed up from Chinese history will function:
Wise leader + talented scholars = superpower
The following are parts of SCMP’s report:
Ke Jianguo, director of the anti-corruption bureau in Chongzhou, Sichuan jumped from his high-rise office at the city’s procuratorate headquarters last Sunday and was found dead at the scene.
There was no word on why he chose to end his life, but some reports, citing relatives, suggested he had been working under huge pressure and had been acting differently recently.
On the mainland, anti-corruption bureau chiefs at different levels of governments are invariably also deputy heads of local prosecution departments.
Ke’s suicide followed that of Qi Xiaolin, the deputy police chief in Guangzhou, who was found hanged on January 8, and Zhang Wanxiong, the deputy head of the Liangzhou District People’s Court in Wuwei, Gansu, who jumped to his death on January 11.
Dr James Sung Lap-kung, a City University political analyst, said the spate of suicides of law-enforcement officials was a side effect of the sweeping campaign targeting corrupt officials initiated by Xi after he succeeded Hu Jintao as party general secretary in November.
The new party leadership’s blitz saw dozens of local and provincial officials investigated or fired for corruption.
“Officials with the so-called political and legal affairs system at all levels have been put under immense work pressure, especially following Xi’s pledge to crack down on both ‘tigers’ and ‘flies’ in his graft-busting efforts,” Sung said.
Xi made the pledge at a meeting of the party’s top disciplinary officials in Beijing late last month, saying the crackdown would target both senior leaders and low-ranking bureaucrats in the government or the party.
Sung said it was no wonder that some graft-busting officials were depressed or suicidal. There has been widespread speculation online that some officials who committed suicide may have been the subject of anti-graft investigations.
In a system that lacks independent checks and balances, mainland graft-busters are often vulnerable to bribery, with some having been found to be notoriously corrupt.
Wang Huayuan, the top anti-corruption official in Guangdong and then Zhejiang between 1998 and 2009, was given a suspended death sentence in late 2010 for taking more than seven million yuan (HK$ 8.63 million) in bribes.
“Whatever the causes, the wave of suicides among law-enforcement officials may have just started,” Sung warned.Source: SCMP – “Graft-fighters’ suicides linked to pressure of Xi’s corruption crackdown”
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