Premier Zhu Rongji has lashed out at cadres responsible for building projects, calling them parasites who preyed on taxpayers' money like 'Tang's Monk's meat'. During a two-day Beijing conference on the quality of construction projects, which closed on Tuesday, Mr Zhu told delegates they must ensure taxpayers' money would not be carved up like the meat. Tang's Monk - real name Xuan Zhuang - was the master of the Monkey King in the classic novel Journey to the West. In the novel, evil spirits believed they could become gods if they could eat the monk's meat. 'If we fail, then we will become sinners of the millennium and bear the bad name for a thousand years,' Xinhua quoted Mr Zhu as saying. He blamed a recent spate of construction accidents on rampant corruption. Mr Zhu said: 'The main reason is that serious corruption exists in our construction business, inside out. Everybody takes bribes and bends the law. 'We must multiply our efforts to crack down on corruption and punish those corrupt elements severely.' Mr Zhu linked the Government's multi-billion yuan infrastructure plan to the corruption problems in the building industry. He said the plan would be doomed unless the industry could clean up its act and start paying attention to the quality of projects. The Government, hit by the Asian financial crisis, decided to pour in investment on infrastructure projects hoping it would raise domestic consumption and boost the economy. The Premier was reported to be furious last summer when he inspected Jiujiang, in Jiangxi province, where engineers found a dam without any iron supports. He criticised the local cadres for turning a blind eye to such 'turtle egg projects' or 'beancurd engineering' referring to the inferior quality of the work.