A TINY proportion of complaints sent by disgruntled citizens to Chinese leaders last year reached the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Mr Jiang Zemin and Prime Minister Mr Li Peng. The official New China News Agency (NCNA) yesterday revealed that the general offices of the Communist Party and the State Council last year received about 420,000 complaints and letters, about 10 per cent less than in 1991. It also disclosed that only 542 of the complaints - 0.1 per cent - received the attention of Mr Jiang and Mr Li and they were subsequently processed by the relevant departments. The past year also witnessed a reduction of personal petitions amounting to 18,754 cases - 22.9 per cent less than the previous year. About 10 per cent of the letters received were suggestions and opinions reflecting a growing trend in public awareness of policies. ''The reason why there were more suggestions received last year was because . . . the people were confident about the future of our country and their awareness of politics have grown,'' the NCNA report said. But the report also disclosed that only 542 of the complaints have received the attention of Mr Jiang and Mr Li and they were subsequently processed by the relevant departments. These ''lucky few'' were mainly on issues such as IOUs issued to peasants by the government, job relocation for farmers, political education for university students and treatment of overseas graduates. ''Because of their personal attention, some suggestions made in these letters have been accepted and some have been translated into government's policies,'' the NCNA said. But none of the personal petitions were received by the two leaders last year. Other subjects raised included the streamlining of government, anti-corruption and farming but they were apparently not of interest to Mr Jiang and Mr Li. In explaining the lower-than-expected figures, the NCNA said it was because most of the complaints had been handled by junior officials and did not need the attention of the leadership. ''Leaders of the CCP Party Central and State Council are very concerned about the views and suggestions of the people. They have repeatedly stressed that the letter complaint system is a very important channel for communication between the party, the Government and the people,'' it said.