China’s anti-corruption drive continues to net ‘tigers’ & ‘flies’

2014 saw the fall from grace of some of the country’s biggest names in politics and the military. And the wide-reaching, anti-corruption campaign launched by President Xi Jinping last year continues to net both high-ranking “tigers” and low-ranking “flies”.

China’s new leadership, two years in, and there’s no letting up in the fight against corruption. Some 25,000 officials were investigated on suspicion of corruption in just the first half of 2014. And no one, no matter how high their ranking, appears safe.

Zhou Yongkang, once one of the most powerful men in the country, has been arrested on a raft of corruption charges, including the leaking of official secrets and bribery.

Xu Caihou was one of China’s top generals. He is one of the highest level military officer to be investigated since 1949. And it’s sending shock waves through the People’s Liberation Army.

This all-out anti-corruption campaign has struck fear into the hearts of China’s corrupt officials, with one noticable result, they are shunning all forms of extravagance. Luxury sales are down, from fashion garments to shoes and jewellery.

But China has had some trouble apprehending corrupt officials who have fled the country. So, at last month’s APEC meetings in Beijing, it proposed more cross-border cooperation in the pursuit of those outside its reach, and it managed to gain the support of key countries in its quest, including the United States.

“The APEC member economies have decided to set up a cross-border law enforcement network to strengthen trans-national anti-corruption cooperation in the region. We have reached consensus in hunting down fugitives at large, recovering their ill-gotten assets and expanding law enforcement cooperation,” Xi says.

So now anti-corruption is no longer simply a domestic problem — it has become a key part of China’s diplomatic efforts as well.

“When President Xi took over last year, he promised to stamp out corruption, from top bureaucrats to low-level clerks — in China they are nicknamed “tigers” and “flys”. From what we’ve seen so far, the leadership has more than shown its resolve to do just that.

  1. #1 by boh-liao on Thursday, 1 January 2015 - 10:03 am

    Do we hunt down TIGERS here?

    Kelantan Menteri Besar has dismissed claims that uncontrolled logging resulted in the extreme floods that hit the state

    Does he really know what came out fr his mouth?
    Does he know what really went on in K’tan?
    Only interested in hudud, nothing else

    What’s d punishment under hudud 4 intentionally saying d WRONG/factually incorrect fact?

  2. #2 by winstony on Thursday, 1 January 2015 - 11:24 am

    Remember, tiger is a protected specie in this country!!!
    They cannot be hunted down!!!

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 1 January 2015 - 3:24 pm

    Can our MACC tell us WHY DIDN’T NAJIB FLEW BACK TO FROM HAWAII IN OUR JET HE FLEW THERE? This whole thing with the Jet, shows how completely messed up Najib’s priorities are in handling his own affairs and telling why its the same for his administration and why no one believes anything he says or does..

  4. #4 by Justice Ipsofacto on Thursday, 1 January 2015 - 8:18 pm

    Corruption? Nah. Every year our public audit ppl revealed tht the gobermen has been paying ridiculously large sums to suppliers. And the umno gobermen explanation: umno was overcharged by suppliers. In short, umno was cheated by the suppliers. Now let me tell u ppl. Umno is not corrupt. Umno was somehow cheated – yes, again – by some ppl into accepting money. That is all. That is true.

  5. #5 by bruno on Thursday, 1 January 2015 - 9:51 pm

    A united opposition will sent shivers down the spines of the corrupted political elite and their cronies.

    An always squabbling and disunited opposition will encouraged and let the corrupted political elites and their cronies continuing with their fiesta.Bevause the opposition will be barking dogs with no bite (teeth).

  6. #6 by boh-liao on Friday, 2 January 2015 - 12:07 am

    D REAL she-peeM is using d plane, paid by rakyat’s $$$
    AhCheatKor just a pseudo peeM

  7. #7 by TheWrathOfGrapes on Friday, 2 January 2015 - 9:57 am

    Looks like there is very little or zero corruption in Boleh-land. No cases of tigers being caught, and also very few flies were netted.

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Friday, 2 January 2015 - 2:20 pm

    “A united opposition will sent shivers down the spines of the corrupted political elite and their cronies.”

    Ha, ha – Best joke on Day 1 of 2015
    “A united opposition” – ha, ha, ha
    As far as PR is concerned
    With friends (PAS) like that, who needs enemies!

  9. #9 by waterfrontcoolie on Sunday, 4 January 2015 - 12:12 am

    NATO = No Action; Talk Only! we have been hearing such remark for years; especially so when those acts were done so openly through all kinds of – GATES! The nation needs only ONE SINCERE Leader. In the case of President Xi, he knew that with his action 99% of the people in China is behind him even if the active General would mean much when the Majority of the population will definitely support any anti-corruption actions. Looking at how President Jokowi handled the Air Asia incident itself projected such a vast difference in the general perception of the world! He has NO BAGGAGE hence does not need to select his words!

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