For Chinese government officials, an omission is better than an error of commission.
That is what Wang Qishan, China’s anti-corruption chief, told the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on August 25, according to a Ming Pao Daily report on Thursday.
Wang emphasized that any disorderly action, which does more harm than non-action, must be curbed.
Many public servants have now decided to work to rule for fear of wrongdoing amid the central government’s stepped-up anti-graft campaign, some CPPCC members said.
The crackdown on corruption has claimed Zhou Yongkang, the former security tsar.
Wang would not be drawn on whether more senior cadres are under investigation but said party officials now dare not engage in graft.
He said that it needs the efforts of several generations to create a mechanism that will deter or prevent officials from engaging in corruption.
China should learn from Hong Kong and Singapore in tackling corruption, he said. Both have independent anti-corruption bodies but China relies on the party investigating itself.
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