China official sacked after belittling compatriots at banquet
BEIJING (REUTERS) - A Chinese official has been sacked after an online video showed him complaining about the ingratitude of ordinary Chinese while he ate lobster and drank expensive liquor, in the latest instance of government excess to spark popular anger.
A five-minute video, widely circulated on Chinese social media sites, captured Liang Wenyong, the Communist Party secretary of Gushanzi town, in the north-eastern province of Hebei, as he consumed costly food and drink while castigating fellow Chinese.
"They have rice in their hands and pork in their mouths and still they curse you," the portly Liang said in the video, shot secretly in May but posted on the Internet this month. "This is what the common folk are like. They are shameless and you can't give them face."
Scrolling text in the video said the banquet for a handful of officials, which included seafood, expensive liquor and cigarettes, cost nearly 10,000 yuan (S$2,000).