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Shaanxi officials caught 'working' from a mahjong table

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 January, 2013, 11:45am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 January, 2013, 3:02pm

China’s sharp-eyed netizens have scored another victory against corrupt officials.

It was an embarrassing moment for the party leaders of China’s northwestern Shaanxi province when officials were caught gathered round a mahjong table in a "meeting" photo published by one the party’s own newspapers, the Yulin Daily.

In a photo published with a story titled “Yulin city’s People’s Congress deputies examine proposals submitted by delegations” on Wednesday, five officials were seen talking and checking documents laid on a table.

While the officials appeared serious and professional, the table gave their secret away.

A day later observant netizens claimed on China’s twitter-like service Sina Weibo that the officials were using a mahjong table, reported the Beijing News on Friday. The Weibo post soon went viral.

Although the table was covered with a cloth, a logo on the cloth read “Shanghai Mahjong Friends”, the name of a mahjong equipment maker in China. 

“Our hard-working officials obviously don’t stop working even when playing mahjong,” commented a Weibo user ironically.

A Yulin Daily staff member later explained the officials used a mahjong table as a makeshift workstation since it was the only table available in the hotel room, according to media reports.

A local people's congress official said on Thursday that most deputies attending the congress meeting stayed in a local hotel and held meetings there.

The venue, named "People’s Mansion", claims to be a 5-star hotel on its website