Oath absent action turns into parody – Raymond Zhou blog

From Raymond Zhou blog:

Last Sunday, 500 newly recruited civil servants participated in a ceremony in Guangzhou.

They all come from government customs and tax departments, which are deemed “highly vulnerable to corruption.” (Actually, the original term is “highly dangerous professions,” something that usually refers to construction workers who toil on skyscrapers, nurses who handle contagious diseases and the like.)

Wearing brand-new uniforms, they pledged to “work with loyalty and dedication, abide by the constitution and the laws, execute authorities conferred by the State, refrain from abusing power or seeking self-interest, be supervised by the masses and act as good public servants.”

These are indeed noble and high-sounding words. But the problem is, are they useful in holding down the beast of corruption? [Full Text]


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