Anti-graft official orders staff to ditch VIP cards

China Featured - May 28th, 2013
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Government employees have been ordered to relinquish VIP cards that give them access to exclusive services as part of China’s anti-corruption drive, state media reports.

Wang Qishan, head of the ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption bureau, demanded his staffers to discard their privileges – from discounts and freebies to preferential seating at popular restaurants – which he says offer “countless opportunities for abuse”.

“Although membership cards are small objects, they reflect big problems of working style,” Wang was cited by the official Xinhua News Agency as saying.

The campaign is aimed at rooting out corruption among government officials by being good examples themselves, Wang said.

“The demands of the campaign are not onerous, but they have to be followed and are totally doable,” he added. “Men of honor need to show that they are honorable”.

Communist Party chief Xi Jinping has lead an austerity drive in China since assuming the highest post in the country, including curbing the use of expensive food and drinks during official banquets, Reuters reports.