12 Feb '11, 1am

Civil servant paid for doing nothing

FUZHOU - A FREELOADING civil servant has become the target of Internet slurs after netizens discovered he had been paid for more than seven years without working a single day. Sarcastically dubbed 'China's most capable civil servant', Jiang Jinxiang was recommended to a post in the urban construction supervision branch in Longyan city of East China's Fujian province in October 2003. Though he never showed up for his job, his salary was still punctually deposited into his account every month - for the next 89 months. When reached by China Daily on Friday, Mr Jiang claimed he was never aware his post had been transferred to the urban construction supervision branch. 'I was never notified about my 'new job'. I thought the money was payment during my suspension from a previous post,' Mr Jiang said. Lack of transparency in the payroll system in some government departments has l...

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