Xinhua News Agency

Corruption hotline jammed with calls

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 June, 2008, 12:00am

A national hotline to report corruption and breaches of discipline by civil servants and officials has been jammed since it went into operation on Thursday, state media reported.

About 1,000 citizens called the new toll-free '12388' Ministry of Supervision hotline on its first day, according to Xinhua, with most of the calls related to land use, abuse of earthquake donations and graft.

The national hotline is being promoted as a way for the central government to directly gather public complaints and tip-offs to fight corruption around the country.

All callers to the 12388 number will be recorded and given feedback by the relevant departments.

Authorities said government departments should focus on following up those calls relating to discipline violation, especially cases that involve violations of public interest.

Citizens have been promised anonymity to push them to report graft and administrative rules infractions.

Ministry spokesman Wu Ge said the unified national hotline would play an important role in supervising officials and uncover those who violate the party and political discipline around the country, according to the Oriental Morning Post.