Ming Pao reports, according to Nanfang Daily, net users exposed that Cai Bing, political commissar of Fanyu Urban Administration Bureau owned 22 real estates. The news roused public concern on the issue of officials declaring their assets. Guangzhou Party Discipline Inspection Commission said on October 22 that a pilot project of leading cadres declaring family assets would be carried out in Nansha District and that there would be information sharing among real estates administration, exit and entry department, etc. in order to ensure that the information declared by officials about their assets was true.
SCMP’s Mimi Lau reports from Beijing: “Guangzhou’s graft watchdog has arrested six more officials in its latest anti-corruption campaign, including the head of the city’s vehicle management agency for allegedly taking more than three million yuan (HK$3.67 million) in bribes.”
“Zengcheng Licheng hospital chief Liu Libiao was also caught in the anti-graft net.
“Liu is alleged to have favoured the Zengcheng Suikang pharmaceutical company as a drug supplier for one year from January 2011, in return for 390,000 yuan in bribes.”
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Nangfang Daily says that Guangdong party boss Wang Yang’s anti-corruption campaign has snared 132 officials since February.
Guangzhou City Discipline Inspection Commission said yesterday on its official microblog that the cases of serious economic crimes of the city’s former deputy police chief, He Jing and the former publisher of the official Guangzhou Daily, Dai Yuqing, had been transferred to the procuratorate.
According to China News Services, Guangzhou Bureau of Corruption Prevention said at a press conference a week ago that He Jing had several mistresses for a long time and held a large amount of wealth and property from unidentified sources since 2003 when he was the chief of the Baiyun District Bureau of Public Security. He was later promoted to the post of deputy chief of police in Guangzhou.
Dai Yuqing who also serves as deputy director of the Economic Affairs Committee of Guangzhou’s Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, will be prosecuted for abusing power in promoting his subordinates and taking bribes between 2006 and 2011.
SCMP’s Mimi Lau reports from Guangzhou: “Deputy police chief, who allegedly took protection money from clubs, is one of the most senior officials snared in Guangdong‘s anti-graft drive
“The deputy police chief in Guangzhou is under investigation for corruption, making him one of the most high-profile officials to be targeted under Guangdong party leader Wang Yang’s anti-graft campaign.
“He Jing, 55, who was also the police spokesman in Guangzhou, was arrested on August 10 for ‘severely breaching [Communist Party] discipline’, local media reported yesterday, citing a Guangzhou anti-graft watchdog.
“Several police sources yesterday said that He allegedly charged fees to nightclubs and shady businesses in downtown Guangzhou and rural Huadu district in exchange for his protection. Other reports said He was suspected of buying and selling senior police appointments.”
“He is the most senior Guangzhou police official netted in Wang’s anti-graft campaign, launched this year, against corrupt officials, counterfeit goods and illegal market practices.
“More than 1,000 party officials and civil servants have been arrested as a result of the campaign since February.”
SCMP reports: “A survey of more than two dozen urban areas on the mainland has found salaries are highest in Guangzhou, where employees receive an average of 57,473 yuan ($9,023) a year.
“The Guangdong capital was followed by the national capital Beijing and Nanjing, where the figure was 56,061 yuan ($8,801) and 54,713 yuan ($8,590) respectively.
“The figures were based on data about income levels for last year compiled by the cities’ statistics bureaus, and the rankings were done by China News Service, which reported the findings yesterday. Only employees whose registered residence was in a city were included, meaning migrant workers’ pay was excluded.
“Twenty-two provincial capitals and four municipalities were studied. Five other capitals – Urumqi, Nanning, Lanzhou, Lhasa and Haikou – have yet to publish their figures.
“Shanghai ranked fifth in the survey, while Chengdu in Sichuan province recorded the lowest remuneration – 34,008 yuan ($5,339) a year.”
“The National Bureau of Statistics said in May that national annual income for city workers last year averaged 42,452 yuan ($6,665). Salaries in eastern cities were higher than those in the heartland and western region. Again, those figures exclude what migrant workers are paid.”
SCMP reports: “He allegedly had more than 160 youths on his contact list and lured victims with gadgets
“Police have detained a Guangzhou government official on suspicion of sexually assaulting under-age boys, local media reported yesterday.
“Li Jun , 43, is accused of seducing and having sex with at least four boys, all aged around 13, The Southern Metropolis News reported, citing police.
“Li works for the local Civil Affairs Bureau and is in charge of overseeing the city’s non-governmental organisations.
“The father of a 13-year-old boy in the city told the newspaper that his son was sexually assaulted by Li six times between last December and June, and received 200 yuan (US$31.40) in cash each time. The father also accused Li of maintaining the relationship by buying the boy a 20,000-yuan (US$3,140) laptop and products related to online games.
“The newspaper said Li was detained on July 4, but neither the police nor Civil Affairs Bureau would confirm information when contacted yesterday, saying only that the case was too sensitive.”
Ming Pao says according to Guangzhou’s Yangcheng Evening News, Guangzhou Administration for Industry and Commerce announced on July 20 that five batches of Nanshan-brand baby formula milk powder from Yahua Dairy Limited, Changsha, Hunan have been found by test to contain aftatoxin M1 in excess of the standard.
Aftatoxin M1 is a highly toxic cancerogen. According to dairy experts’ analysis, the aftatoxin in milk must come from molded fodder. Fodder such as corn and bean dregs may become molded and contain such toxin if kept in storage for a long time. The Administration for Industry and Commerce said that as serious problems had been found by tests in Nanshan milk powder, it will impose heavy punishment.
However, a customer services staff member of the milk powder producer alleged that the company had not received any notice from Guangdong authority and did no know the problem until he received enquiry from a customer. He stressed that before a batch of products left the factory, samples from them had been sent to a third-party laboratory for test. They would not be sold on the market unless they had been proved up to the standards.
This writer does not believe him because that is not an isolated case. The toxin has been found in five instead of one batch of the products. How could the third-party laboratory fail to find the problem?
However, he at least expressed the producer’s willingness to respect the standards.
A producer’s absurd response
At the same time the Guangzhou authority also found problems in other dairy products such as excessive mildew in the ginger milk produced by Shawan Milk Company. However, Su Furong, the responsible person of the company, said that it was unavoidable for a company to occasionally commit a mistake and such mistake “shall be allowed”. He said, “We have been producing the products for more than a decade. It is impossible to be 100% free of problem.”
That is really absurd. He told customers not to blame the company if they were occasionally poisoned because such mistake was unavoidable! I wonder whether Guangzhou customers are idiots to willingly continue to buy his products.
SCMP’s Toh Han Shih reports from Guangzhou, “A ‘knowledge city’ under construction in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong, will be geared to helping the southern province transform itself from being the ‘world’s factory’ of cheap goods into a centre of higher-value production.
The ‘Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City’ is a joint project of the provincial authorities and the government of Singapore.
SCMP quotes Stanley Lau Chin-ho, deputy chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, “In 10 to 20 years, Guangdong will no longer make cheap shoes, toys or clothes,” and “these industries have to move away from Guangdong to labour-intensive countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia. Many countries’ labour costs are much cheaper than China’s.”
At least 20 dead after tanker explodes in collision
SCMP says, “At least 20 people were killed and 27 injured when a huge fire in Guangzhou, triggered by collision between a tanker and a truck, engulfed a timber mill and its staff dormitory yesterday morning.
“China News Service said the tanker, carrying 40 tonnes of mineral solvent, exploded after it collided with the truck on a bridge on the Nangang section of the Guangzhou-Yanjiang Expressway at 4.30am.
“The fire then spread to cover an area of more than 2,000 square metres, including a timber factory and its dormitory under the bridge, a container yard and nearby buildings, as well as setting passing vehicles alight.”
SCMP says, “Guangdong plans to spend more than 12 billion yuan (HK$14.7 billion) to almost double the number of digital surveillance cameras to 2 million in an effort to curb crime and better manage the migrant population.
“Police said the hi-tech cameras could recognise faces and vehicle license plates, analyze the flow of people and identify unusual gatherings in the province.”
“However, rights activists have criticised the use of cameras and data-analysis systems as an invasion of privacy and civil rights, despite the claims of authorities that more than 74,000 suspects had been arrested in the past four years.”