Graft-buster vows to speed up campaign

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 September, 1997, 12:00am

The nation's top graft-buster yesterday vowed to step up the anti-corruption battle in the next few months to clear the way for cleaner government.

Wei Jianxing, secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, pledged to boost efforts to go after senior officials who embezzled large sums of money.

'In the coming winter and next spring, the party will speed up investigations on major corruption cases, and tough measures will be introduced to demolish bad practices in various departments and industries,' Mr Wei, a Politburo standing committee member, told a meeting of cadres from the commission and the Ministry of Supervision.

He said the latest crackdown was part of the preparation work mapped out for the commission's congress next year.

Mr Wei said the 15th Party Congress, which ended last Thursday, had given momentum to counter-corruption efforts. He urged all cadres in the two departments to uphold the congress' position on tackling abuses of power by government officials.

'The party will tighten control on all government departments to stop extravagant spending and the wasting of resources,' Mr Wei said.

He stressed the aim was not only to punish corrupt officials, but also to seal loopholes in laws and rules which fostered corrupt practices.

'It is important to have systematic investigations to find out the loopholes and deal with them accordingly,' Mr Wei said.

A better system of supervision was needed within the party, and the investigative powers of the two departments should be strengthened, he said.

Prosecutors handled 26,667 cases of corruption involving more than 1.5 billion yuan (HK$1.36 billion) during the first five months of last year.