Date
18 October 2017
China has barred government officials from using public funds to buy mooncake gifts during the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival. Photo: Bloomberg
China has barred government officials from using public funds to buy mooncake gifts during the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival. Photo: Bloomberg

China issues fresh warning over mooncake graft

With the Mid-Autumn Festival drawing near, the Chinese Communist Party’s discipline watchdog has urged citizens to report any instances of government officials misusing public funds for mooncake purchases.

The Central Committee for Discipline Inspection also said it will publish, on a weekly basis, details of any uncovered cases of corruption and other rule violations, aiming to send a warning to officials and deter them from engaging in unethical behavior, according to Beijing Evening News.

During the Golden Week holiday period in early May, also a high season for gift buying and giving, the watchdog had also opened a similar dedicated section on its website for people to report any suspected violation cases.

A total of 956 cases which violated the “eight rules” launched by President Xi Jinping were made public during that period. Of the cases, 26 were related to the use of public funds for purchases of festival gifts.

According to a report by news website ce.cn, of 154 cases unveiled by the Committee on Sunday for the first week of the current campaign, three cases were related to misuse of funds for mooncake purchases. The cases were said to be from Jilin, Anhui and Sichuan provinces. A total of four officials were handed disciplinary punishments as a result, the report said.

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