Tang Chengqi has been sentenced to death for taking bribes. (Photo/Xinhua)
An editorial by state-run newspaper the Beijing Times denounced a number of well-known officials for corruption Wednesday, detailing how the officials abused the personnel system.
The editorial took aim at Tang Chengqi, who was an official in Nanchang city in southern Jiangxi province. Tang was liked by locals, but has now been sentenced to death at the over taking bribes of 39 million yuan (US$6.2 million).
Tang is not the only official to have fallen from grace due to corruption. Xu Maiyong, former deputy mayor of Hangzhou, the provincial capital of Zhejiang in eastern China, was executed last July because of a 200 million yuan (US$31.7 million) bribery and embezzlement case. Zhou Xianyi, a former official who was in charge of urban construction in Anhui province and was regarded as an economic genius, was also sent to prison in 2009 because of a bribery scandal.
Before these scandals were revealed, these officials were regarding as outstanding figures and praised by state-run media.
The editorial stressed it would not be difficult to prevent corruption if the Communist Party would allow more transparency in its personnel system and changed the guidelines for ranking officials' performances. The current assessment system for local officials focuses on economic performance, which is unreliable for checking the authenticity of their performance, the editorial said.
Tang Chengqi 湯成奇
Xu Maiyong 徐永邁
Zhou Xianyi 周先義