Top Shantou political official under investigation over party offences

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 25 January, 2010, 12:00am

An anti-corruption crackdown that resumed with a vengeance in Guangdong province this month after several senior officials were nabbed last year has snared another high-ranking official - the vice-chairman of the top political consultation agency in Shantou , state media reported yesterday.

Fang Haishun, vice-chairman of Shantou City People's Political Consultative Conference, was under investigation for 'serious breach of party discipline', according to China News Service, citing unnamed officials in the city's top anti-graft agency.

The report did not say what offences he was suspected of having committed.

Fang, 55, was also the top official in charge of the city's liaison work with Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The Guangdong native had worked for the Foreign Ministry in Beijing before being transferred to Shantou in 1993 to head its overseas-Chinese liaison office.

Fang is the latest senior official caught in the anti-graft blitz, which shows no signs of slowing after two high-profile cases in two weeks.

Huang Shaoxiong, deputy director of the Guangdong party committee's United Front Work Department and party secretary of the province's Federation of Industry and Commerce, was being investigated for taking bribes, Guangdong's anti-graft watchdog announced on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, several officials in the southern city of Maoming were detained and investigated for graft, with Yang Guangliang, vice-mayor of the city, being the most high-profile casualty.

Last month, Chen Xizhao, the deputy chief of police in Lianjiang, near Maoming, was removed from his post after reportedly inviting about 1,000 guests to a house-warming banquet on Christmas Eve. Local media said the palatial residence had five storeys, each of which was more than 200 square metres.

Rotten core

According to Guangdong's anti-graft watchdog, the number of senior officials investigated for corruption-related offences last year was: 377