GUANGDONG is vowing to control rogue elements in the Government, police and judiciary this year. Speaking at the Guangdong People's Congress yesterday, Vice-Chairman of the standing committee, Yu Fei, also suggested the congress fire incompetent officials. In China, although legislators are empowered to dismiss government officials for serious dereliction of duty, they rarely exercise such power. For example, in Shenzhen, no officials have been disciplined for the 1993 Qingshui River dangerous goods warehouse explosion or the fatal Zhili factory fire, which claimed more than 100 lives. 'To ensure law is enforced is an effective way to exercise the legislature's power to supervise,' Mr Yu said. 'We should also study how a supervisory mechanism can be established and strengthened to control the appointment and removal of officials.' Guangdong boosted the power of the legislature last year by passing a supervisory law. Mr Yu said whether officials worked strictly in accordance with the law would be a criterion for promotion, as well as their competence. He stressed that senior cadres and the higher levels of government should get rid of the idea that they were privileged to establish the concept that 'all men are equal before the law'. 'No authorities or individuals should have the privilege to overstep the constitution or legislation. 'Action must be taken against all illegal activities,' Mr Yu said. But Mr Yu said police corruption remained a serious problem, especially illegal detention, interrogation with force and embezzlement. Last year, Guangdong recorded a 10.8 per cent increase in corruption cases, according to the chief of the province's Procuratorate Wang Jun. Mr Wang said 637 individuals from the party, police, judiciary and economic management departments had been charged with corruption. This represented 30.4 per cent of the all financial crimes investigated last year. The chief procurator also reported a rise in crime, with the number of arrests increasing by 35.8 per cent on last year. There was also a 8.3 per cent increase in the number of cases concerning the abuse of civil rights by government officials last year. Mr Wang said the province's procuratorate handled 1,868 rights cases last year, and 532 people were charged. He said the procuratorate had rescued 170 people being held 'hostage' - kept in illegal detention - by government departments, mostly over commercial disputes.