On October 22nd, the website of the State Supervision Commission of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection quoted the discipline inspection and supervision team of the State Supervision Commission of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology as saying: Recently, the discipline inspection and supervision team of the State Supervision Commission of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Supervision Commission conducted a disciplinary review and supervision investigation on Li Dong, former director of the Equipment Industry Department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
After investigation, Li Dong, as a leading cadre in party member, was indifferent to political consciousness and lost his ideals and beliefs. After the 18th or 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, he still took care of food, money and golf. Violation of the spirit of the eight central regulations, accepting activities such as fitness, entertainment, banquets and tourism that may affect the fair execution of official duties, and accepting gifts that may affect the fair execution of official duties in violation of regulations, willing to be "hunted" and taking advantage of his position to seek benefits for others and accept property.
In this regard, the discipline inspection department commented: Li Dong seriously violated the party’s political discipline and integrity discipline, constituted a duty violation and was suspected of accepting bribes. He did not converge or stop after the 18 th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, and he still did not want to change or stop after the 19 th National Congress. The nature is bad and the circumstances are serious, which should be dealt with seriously.
In this bulletin, there is a statement that is very eye-catching, that is, Li Dong’s poor performance of "taking care of food, collecting money and playing golf" after the 18th or 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. Among them, eating and drinking with public funds or accepting bribes are all common problems of officials who have fallen off the horse, but the one of "playing golf" is full of personality and makes people "shine at the moment".
In fact, combing the recent anti-corruption news, it is not difficult to find that Li Dong is not the only fallen horse official who has been mentioned as having serious problems in "playing golf". On October 20th, the Supervision Committee of the Yunnan Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection mentioned that Wang Qing, the former vice president of Yunnan Jiantou Group, was "accepting golf cards". On October 18th, when the Discipline Inspection and Supervision Team of the State Supervision Commission of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission and the Supervision Commission of the Anhui Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection informed the news that the former chairman of China Salt Industry Group, Qi Qingguo, was expelled from the Party and cancelled his retirement benefits, he also mentioned that he "illegally obtained, held and used golf cards". On October 14th, the Supervision Committee of the Guangdong Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection informed the news that Huang Xiangqing, former deputy secretary of the Party Committee and general manager of Guangdong Salt Industry Group, was double-opened. In the middle, there was also the expression of "turning a deaf ear to the spirit of the eight central regulations and playing golf illegally".
Ordinary netizens who don’t understand the relevant regulations of the central government may wonder: as a sport, playing golf seems a little expensive, but what is the essential difference from playing table tennis and badminton? In this regard, only on the basis of understanding the relevant provisions of the central government and deeply understanding the essence of the phenomenon of "golf corruption" can we get the answer to this question. In fact, as early as a few years ago, the society had an in-depth discussion on this phenomenon, and these recent cases have once again reminded the public that "golf corruption", a negative phenomenon that once had a bad influence, still deserves our vigilance and attention.
If an official just pays for himself and plays honestly, it seems that there is no problem. But in fact, there is a lot of room for corruption above the golf course. Accompany officials to play golf, intentionally lose, give officials golf membership cards, officials to play golf with public funds for reimbursement or businessmen to pay for it … Corruption related to golf is varied and has a lot of tricks. On the one hand, golf, which is becoming popular, has no original sin, but on the other hand, when all kinds of corruption are carried out under the cover of golf, the ambiguous relationship between officials and golf cannot be explained, which cannot but make people wary.
It should be recognized that there are many chaos in the blending of power and money behind golf, which is not the speculation of onlookers, but the fact. Therefore, Article 87 of the Regulations on Disciplinary Actions in the Communist Party of China (CPC) clearly stipulates the quantity and discipline of "obtaining, holding and actually using sports fitness cards, clubs and club membership cards, golf cards and other consumption cards in violation of relevant regulations". Guangdong and other provinces have also issued prohibition notices on illegal golf. In this case, playing golf illegally is to touch the red line of discipline.
In 2015, Liu Jincheng, executive deputy director of the Integrity Research Center of China University of Mining and Technology, pointed out in an interview with China Discipline Inspection and Supervision that in order to keep officials at a "safe distance" from golf, on the one hand, it is necessary to strengthen the transparency of the investigation, and adopt a "zero tolerance" attitude towards the official’s public consumption and the trading of power and money with illegal businessmen; On the other hand, it is necessary to improve and perfect the complaint and reporting mechanism, and mobilize a wider range of supervision forces, so that any violations of officials are "nowhere to hide."
In the final analysis, the control of golf corruption is not aimed at golf, but at stripping all kinds of abnormal interest demands that breed in golf and putting the power in the hands of officials into the cage of the system. Only by letting power "keep its place" and unscrupulous businessmen stop "thinking" can golf return to its true nature.
Source: website of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, The Paper, People’s Daily Online, China Discipline Inspection and Supervision News, etc.