From 'Watch Uncle' case to network anti-corruption

2012-12-06 05:23:41 GMT2012-12-06 13:23:41(Beijing Time)  SINA English
"Lanzhou Watch Uncle" Yuan Zhanting (file photo)"Lanzhou Watch Uncle" Yuan Zhanting (file photo)
"Fujin Watch Uncle" Li Dejin(file photo)"Fujin Watch Uncle" Li Dejin(file photo)

By Zhu Wenjia, Sina English

As the case of “Fujian Watch Uncle” has yet to be settled, and Fujian Discipline Inspection Department is under fire, a similar case in Lanzhou, a northwest city in Gansu Province, has triggered the similar, if not more, public rage.

Discipline inspection and supervision departments should give quick response and kick off relevant procedures to investigate, once the clue related to corruption emerged from, say, the Internet. Even if the information from online whistleblower may be false, local supervisory authorities should not be indifferent to it and do nothing.

"Lanzhou Watch Uncle” case was exposed on the Internet recently. It was reported on Dec. 5 that after the pictures showing Yuan Zhanting, the mayor of Lanzhou, wearing luxury watches were posted online, arousing the attention of Gansu Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection and, they take immediate actions.

The quick response of Gansu Discipline Inspection Commission should be highly touted. No matter whether it is the truth, the public needs a convincing answer.

In recent days, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Party, stressed on many occasions that anti-corruption is a matter of life and death pertinent to the Party and the nation.

The proper handling of the cases has created positive effects. If local authorities, on the one hand, do nothing and leave the “Watch Uncle” case hanging, and on the other hand, express their will to echo the call from the top leadership to combat corruption, it is nothing but “empty talk”, as labeled by Xi Jinping.

Officials are supposed to be under the public supervision. Once a case is revealed, the departments concerned should initiate legal procedures to probe, in response to the public opinion. Even if the official is guiltless, justice should be done by the law.

Hopefully, Gansu Discipline Inspection Commission can show the truth of “Lanzhou Watch Uncle” to the public at the earliest date possible.

Editor: Yu Runze
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