Just a few days after one Guangzhou politician said he wants to lead the way  in making his personal assets public but gave no indication when he might do so, according to the Nanfang Daily Guangzhou mayor Chen Jianhua yesterday made the same pledge , saying he's willing to make the first move "if" the order is sent down from above.
In other statements made by Guangzhou politicians, deputy mayor and head of the city's Public Security Bureau Xie Xiaodan told  Southern Metropolis Daily Tuesday not only is he also fully willing to go public with his personal assets (again, if/when the Party orders him to do so), but he also supports scrapping the use of re-education through labour.
The caveat, Xie said, is research needs to be done on alternative punishments for minor crimes.
He also says the Communist Party's Central Politics and Law Commission is "prepared" to remove cases involving litigation and legal disputes from those handled by the country's extralegal petition offices, restoring their original purpose of resolving instances of abuse of administrative power.
No mention of when that order is scheduled to come down, either.
Asked why he supports doing away with re-education through labour ('laojiao'), Xie says it no longer makes sense to apply such punishment to petitioners or troublemakers.
"You can't just send someone off for laojiao for criticising the Party or the state," Xie said. "Guangzhou has set a good example in this respect."
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