Cadres warned over new year luxuries

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 October, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 October, 1997, 12:00am

Three months before the Lunar New Year, leading graftbuster Wei Jianxing yesterday warned cadres not to take advantage of the holiday season to test authorities' patience in cracking down on corruption.

Mr Wei, recently promoted to the Politburo Standing Committee, chaired a national conference and demanded results from cadres between now and the spring in their anti-graft drive.

Cadres should wrap up and publicise major corruption cases, Mr Wei was quoted by the China News Service as saying.

He said although the Lunar New Year was three months away, cadres should not relax their guard and become extravagant.

He outlined 'eight don'ts' for cadres to follow, including not frittering public money away on feasts or squandering funds on gifts and souvenirs.

Cadres should not patronise expensive places of entertainment for holiday celebrations or pay bonuses in the form of shopping coupons or securities.

There would also be a ban on buying new cellular phones.

As part of the Lunar New Year tradition families exchange presents and lai see packets over the holiday period.

Many companies also organise banquets and hand out gifts for clients as part of the celebrations.