He’s honest about being honest

One zealous government official in East China was so determined to show how clean he was, in a high-profile sort of way, that he made a show of returning bribes – on a local website.

Zhang Xifei, the deputy director of the economy and information commission’s trading department in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, said he would provide a good example in how to deal with temptation.

Zhang posted three receipts of money that had been mailed back to three companies, on a website he started and used as the commission’s official one, on March 17.

Previously he posted three postal receipts of returned bribes, which he received earlier, on the website, along with an “honest declaration” letter, on Oct 17, 2010.

The returned money amounted to about 9,000 yuan ($1,370). The 42-year-old Zhang maintained he would continue to do this and that it had become a habit.

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