SHANGHAI: More people are reporting the misdeeds of high officials following
investigation into the misappropriation of 3.7 billion yuan from the city's
social security fund, the Shanghai People's Prosecutors' Office said.
Yan Yukang, director of the office's Offense Reporting Center, said
prosecutors are receiving fewer tip-offs on divisional head officials, and more
on those of department heads or above.
Tip-offs on corruption involving high level officials last year showed a 9
percent increase over the year before. In the first three months of this year it
was 16 percent higher year-on-year.
Most of the tip-offs concerned officials in charge of outsourcing, fee
collection and construction.
No details on individual cases have been released as most are still under
Yan said the determination to fight corruption that the central government
had shown in investigating the social security fund scandal, had contributed
immensely to the increase in tip-offs.
The scandal, discovered last September, led to the sacking and arrest of a
dozen senior officials, including the former Shanghai Party secretary Chen
Yan appealed for more members of the public to come forward to help in the
fight against corruption.
From June last year to the end of last month, prosecutors' offices in
Shanghai had investigated 470 people involved in 419 cases, 133 cases were from
tip-offs involving 151 people.
"We hope more people can report cases that can be traced," Yan said.
"Clues and details informants think are unimportant can be vital to our
"Informants can simply leave us a telephone number or clues to an alleged
offense if he or she does not wish to be identified.
"We have strict rules on protecting informants."
To encourage more tip-offs on corruption, all prosecutors' offices have
raised rewards. In Shanghai, informants can now receive a maximum of 10,000
(China Daily 06/14/2007 page4)