By Jia Xiaoguang, Sina English
The recent erotic picture scandal which features Zhang Minqiang, former head of the complaints department of Shangqiu, C China’s Henan Province, has stirred up an increasing public sentiment as more secrets about the fallen official have come to light.
Zhang, aged 61, stole the limelight, though in a manner he might have never expected, after only 10 months when he retired from office in March 2012. Some lewd pictures showing sex scenes between him and his mistress surnamed Zhou were posted online by the latter on Jan 21, exhuming a three-year adulterous relationship intertwined with fruitless power-for-money deal.
While failing to assist Zhou in landing a job and purchasing a house at cost which directly led to their final break-up, Zhang dutifully fulfilled his role as the backbone of his family by setting up the ladder to a promising official career for some of his family members.
His son currently holds a post in the provincial Party committee office of Henan, where his daughter-in-law is now serving as a section chief in the petition office. His son-in-law and younger brother also occupy important public posts in the city.
“The success of his relatives is primarily attributed to Zhang’s assistance and shelter realized by his power, which he accumulated through years of effort.” some unnamed neighbour said candidly.