Corrupt cadres attacked

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 March, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 March, 1994, 12:00am

A CIVIL service system should be established in a bid to eliminate corruption and squandering by communist cadres, according to NPC delegate Cheng Yiu-tong.

At a meeting of the Hong Kong delegates yesterday, Mr Cheng was joined by others in criticising party cadres who took part in such activities as reaping economic advantages from their jobs.

This would lead to chaos and instability if the Government took no action, Mr Cheng warned.

He suggested the Government introduce a civil service system and upgrade the salary of its staff.

The role of the NPC and the mass media in monitoring the Government should also be strengthened, he said.

Mr Cheng said party cadres were living luxuriously on Government revenue.

It was estimated that 100 billion yuan (HK$88.80 billion) was spent on banquets by party cadres.

While the cadres were spending huge amounts on meals and other items, the country still owed its teachers 1.4 billion yuan for salaries in 1992.

Noting that the number of economic crimes involving provincial-level cadres had jumped by 6.8 times in the second half of last year, Mr Cheng said the problem of corruption was spreading rapidly within the Government.

He called on the Government to check on the senior cadres as well as those at the junior level in order to remove the problem.

Mr Cheng was joined by delegate Lee Lin-sang, who said dissatisfaction was brewing at different levels of society.

According to figures from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, 42,195 people underwent disciplinary action in the party between September and December last year.

''No one knows what the exact [corruption] figure is, but the problem cannot be under-estimated,'' Mr Lee said.

He said the problem also existed in other sectors of society where extra money was requested for the provision of public services.

He cited the example of a hospital in Guangdong where patients had to offer ''red pocket money'' to the medical staff in order to have a checkup.