Chinese official sacked for flood piggyback

BEIJING Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:04am EDT

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BEIJING (Reuters) - An official in eastern China has been sacked after a picture of him being given a piggyback across a flooded path during a search for missing children went viral online, sparking outrage.

The photo showed the official from Guixi in Jiangxi province being carried on another man's back through ankle-deep water, keeping his leather shoes dry, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

He was caught on camera on Saturday during a search for three children who had fallen into a swollen river, Xinhua added.

"Wang, vice director of a government office, was about to cross a flooded path when Ding, a low level clerk, offered him the ride. The inappropriate act had a negative social impact and tarnished the image of party officials," the report said.

Last year, an official in neighboring Zhejiang province was fired after pictures of him being carried across flood waters by a villager while visiting flood victims also caused anger online.

China's ruling Communist Party has been engaged in a sweeping crackdown on official corruption, excess and abuse of power. Greater access to the Internet has given Chinese people a forum to publicize such cases.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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GeoffWard wrote:
A piggyback seems to be a pretty anodyne abuse of power compared to ‘official corruption, excess and abuse of power’(sic.).

Jun 23, 2014 8:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:
Sounds like many Chinese “Bosses” are happy to role play their Upper class status. Heaven forbid they get their $500 shoes spoiled by a good water soaking.

Kinda Like Hillary claiming that only having $50 million in the bank put the Clinton family on the welfare roles . . . Talk about YOUR OUTA-TOUCH ELITISTS!

Jun 23, 2014 8:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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