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'Control weight of civil servants to curb corruption'
Updated: 2006-03-04 10:44

An advisor to China's parliament has called for the enactment of laws to control the weight of civil servants in a bid to rein in corruption.

The aim is to prevent the civil servants from squandering public money wining and dining, said Miu Shouliang, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top advisory body.

Miu, a businessman coming from China's southern booming city of Shenzhen to attend the annual session of the CPPCC National Committee that started Friday, did not elaborate on any details, saying that measures should also contribute to regulating their working styles and improving morality.

However, some experts doubted the scientific basis of such method.

"The motive is positive, but it sounds not so reasonable as it measures the civil servants' performance by the standard of weight, " said Zhou Zhiren, deputy director of the Institute of Government Management under the Beijing University.

Sources from Beijing municipal personnel bureau said weight standards have been imposed by some special organs in the enrollment of civil servants, but it is unwise to apply the method to a wide range, as weight is an indicator of health.

The key issue is to crack down on corruption, which is a criminal term instead of a moral concept, Zhou added.

Another professor with the prestigious university said the idea was "quirky", stressing that morality could not be measured by legal standards.

"Public supervision is an effective way to improve civil servants' behaviors, and the supervisory authorities should bring into full play of their functions," said the unnamed professor.

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