Cheating cadres 'will be crushed'

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 March, 1999, 12:00am

Officials who indulged in 'regionalism' would be crushed and cadres could lose their jobs if their spouses or children became involved in corruption, the nation's top graftbuster warned yesterday.

Wei Jianxing, chief of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said senior officials at local or departmental levels who ignored central orders at this critical stage of reform to pursue regional or departmental interests would be purged.

Mr Wei was speaking to Anhui delegates at the annual meeting of the Ninth National People's Congress.

'There are officials and party cadres at various local government levels and in departments who tried to neglect bans or reform measures ordered by the central Government,' he said.

'These people, who have their eyes only on regional or departmental interests and have implemented central orders selectively, had greatly damaged the credibility of the party and the Government,' Xinhua quoted him as saying.

He said the party would not tolerate such corrupt practices and would severely punish cadres who violated orders. He vowed to restore discipline and unity within the party and appealed to officials to keep their spouses and children in check.

'Communist Party and government leaders at all levels must not just be honest themselves, they also are responsible for properly managing the district or department they lead, and managing their spouses, sons, daughters and the people working alongside them.' In a bid to pacify public discontent about rampant corruption, the fight against graft among officials and their families is part of government efforts to maintain stability this year.

Mr Wei said officials whose wives, children or colleagues under their jurisdiction broke the law or Communist Party disciplinary codes could be punished even if they 'did not take part themselves', Xinhua said.

Their connections have given officials' family members an opportunity to profit the most from the switch to market economics over the past two decades, and get access to privileged jobs, business deals, schooling overseas and other things denied many ordinary Chinese.

Punishments could include being removed from their post or transferred, Mr Wei said.