China bans civil servants from ‘watching blue movies, extra marital affairs’

April 21st, 2011 - 5:06 pm ICT by ANI  

Beijing, Apr 21 (ANI): Watching blue movies, having extramarital affairs, failing to do what is righteous and vandalizing public facilities will be a strict ‘no-no’ for public servants in China’s Nantong city, says a new regulation.

Not only this, the regulation also prohibits 40 other ‘immoral acts’ such as “being rude and arrogant to citizens”, “online gaming, brokering and chatting during office hours” and “dining on public funds”.

“Though civil servants generally do well with their professional affairs, we still find some individuals behave improperly when out of the office, which creates a bad impression on society,” said Chen Juexin, director of the civil servants affairs department of the Nantong human resource and social security bureau.

The regulation prohibits “viewing, collecting or circulating pornographic publications or making sex phone calls” and “violating moral standards such as abusing the elderly and having extramarital affairs”.

The regulation immediately aroused heated online discussion on Wednesday.

According to the China Daily, netizens who welcomed the regulation said public servants ought to be bound by a stricter code of conduct than ordinary people, even when they are off work.

However, others questioned whether the regulation has “meddled too much in the private lives of public servants”.

In its response, Chen said public servants are the practitioners of government policies and represent the image of the Party and government., so the requirement from them should be higher than on ordinary people.

Chen said public servants would be penalized if they violate the regulation, which will be used for their annual evaluation.

The city government has publicized telephone numbers and e-mail addresses to encourage reporting by the public, he said. (ANI)

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