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12 most shocking mandarins of 2009

  • Source: Global Times
  • [23:57 December 27 2009]
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A worker demolishes a house in Xiangfan, a prefecture-level city in Hubei Province on December 16. Photo: CFP

By In Depth special report team

Chinese officials at all levels of government are supposed to adhere to the Three Represents and serve the people in creating a harmonious society.

The mainstream majority of Chinese officials are of course working selflessly to do the best job they can, but corruption and problems inevitably exist.

In some cases, a bureaucratic mentality can cause serious problems. The following sentences quoted from officials this year reflect a radically different attitude to the majority: cold-blooded, nonchalant or even shameless. Few of these leaders enhance the image of a hard-working Party official.

Why not publicize the property holdings of ordinary people?

Unnamed official

Still unnamed official of a provincial Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)

1 Asked to comment on a sunshine law that would have created greater transparency in his business dealings and property, one official from a provincial committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in early March sarcastically replied For that matter why not publicize the property holdings of ordinary people? Why not publicize a company owner's profits for all his employees to see?

Which work unit do you come from?

Zhou Jihong

deputy director of the China's swimming management center and captain of the State diving team


Zhou Jihong

2 Before the 11th National Games, predictions for all the diving medals in order appeared on the Internet. All came true and the rumor spread that all diving medals were prearranged. At a press conference after the diving, when asked by journalists about the event, the deputy director of China's swimming sports management center and captain of the state diving team asked her questioner in a condescending tone: What work unit do you come from?

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