Chinese official sacked after clerk gives him piggyback to stop shoes from being ruined
An official in eastern China has been sacked after a picture of him being given a piggyback across a flooded path during a search for missing children went viral online, sparking outrage.
The photo showed the official from Guixi in Jiangxi province being carried on another man’s back through ankle-deep water, keeping his leather shoes dry, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
He was caught on camera on Saturday during a search for three children who had fallen into a swollen river, Xinhua added.
“Wang, vice director of a government office, was about to cross a flooded path when Ding, a low level clerk, offered him the ride. The inappropriate act had a negative social impact and tarnished the image of party officials,” the report said.
Last year, an official - also surnamed Wang - in neighbouring Zhejiang province was fired after pictures of him being carried across flood waters by a villager while visiting flood victims also caused anger online.
A post published with the image said the official was being carried because he was wearing a pair of high-end shoes, according to China's state-run news agency Xinhua at the time.
The man was sacked from his post as director of the Sanqishi township's construction office. Sanqishi township is in the city of Yuyao, in Zhejiang province.
China’s ruling Communist Party has been engaged in a sweeping crackdown on official corruption, excess and abuse of power. Greater access to the Internet has given Chinese people a forum to publicise such cases.
Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse