13 Feb '11, 2am

Seven years of pay... for zero days of work - Straits Times: What's on XiamenSeven years of pay... for zero days...

FUZHOU (Fujian) - A 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', Mr Jiang Jinxiang was recommended for a post in the urban construction supervision branch in Fujian province's Longyan city in October 2003. Though he never showed up for the job, the salary was deposited into his bank account every month - for the next 89 months. Mr Jiang claimed he was not aware of the recommendation, and said he thought the money was for a previous government post he had been suspended from in 2002. Lack of transparency in the payroll system in some government departments has long been blamed for a series of payment errors in the country. In 2006, Chongqing municipality reportedly found nearly 3,000 employees in government an...

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