Xi Jinping

Curb pomp and bureaucracy, military chiefs are told

Red carpets, luxury banquets, booze and 'empty talk' out of favour as officers told to set example amid public anger over rampant graft

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 December, 2012, 8:40am

The Central Military Commission (CMC) has ordered high-ranking military officials to cut down on pomp and receptions and shorten speeches in response to a similar campaign launched by party secretary Xi Jinping for Politburo members.

Receptions attended by senior PLA officers will no longer feature alcohol or luxury banquets and will be free of welcome banners, red carpets, floral arrangements, formations of soldiers, performances and souvenirs, Xinhua reported.

According to 10 regulations recently issued by the CMC and announced by Xinhua yesterday, PLA leaders, such as senior officials of the four General Headquarters, as well as leaders of the military districts, would not be allowed to stay in luxurious hotels during inspection tours.

They were also ordered to cut both the number and length of the tours, overseas visits, meetings and reports.

"The comrades [PLA leaders] should … focus on important affairs," Xinhua quoted the CMC as saying, adding that the new rules for the leaders aimed to set examples for other senior and middle-ranking officials.

During meetings, senior PLA officials should "avoid empty talk and they will not be allowed to attend ribbon-cutting and cornerstone-laying ceremonies, celebrations or seminars unless they have received approval from CMC".

The use of vehicles equipped with sirens will be rigorously controlled during official visits to prevent public disturbances.

They were also told to discipline their spouses, children and subordinates and make sure they do not take bribes.

On December 4, Xi ordered Politburo members to cut down bureaucracy and pomp in an attempt to bring in a new working style and assuage public grievances over rampant corruption.

Meanwhile, the Communist Party's discipline watchdog in Guangzhou said 38 of 61 senior officials it investigated this year kept mistresses or had more than one sexual partner.

The Nanfang Daily reported yesterday that the watchdog had investigated 471 cases involving 486 people and more than 100 million yuan (HK$124 million) this year, with 169 of the cases involving major bribery. There were 60 cases implicating 61 cadres at departmental-level rank or above.

Guangzhou's discipline inspection commission said it had identified a number of corruption trends during its investigations. Among the 61 departmental-level cadres, 38 were found to be involved in financial crimes and moral issues, such as keeping mistresses.

The watchdog said former Guangzhou deputy police chief He Jing had accepted bribes and kept a number of mistresses over the past nine years.

About 327 people have been punished, with 268 subjected to party discipline, 134 receiving administrative punishment, and 114 referred for criminal prosecution.