Official blames ancient text for his handing out $170,000 in illegal bonuses

By Rebecca Unsworth, May 8, 2014

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A Guilin City official is being investigated for allegedly using a 4,000 year old book to determine how much he and his colleagues received in bonuses.

Huang Yongyue, Party secretary of Yongfu County, used the ancient Chinese text, “I Ching” ("Book of Changes") to help him in work decisions, including the allocation of unauthorised bonuses. Chinese tradition views the book as a compendium of ancient cosmic principles, and is still used today by some to predict future events.

Huang decided on on payments of 41,000 yuan ($6,584) each for 25 personnel, and 32,000 ($5,132) yuan for himself. However, an official who recieved one of the bonuses reported it online. The official, using the online pseudonym “Hua”, claimed: "The amount of money was decided according to the ‘Book of Changes’ by the secretary".

According to a county CPC committee member, Huang orchestrated a meeting with some colleagues on January 23 and together decided to hand out the bonuses amongst themselves.

The recipients of the cash have all returned it and Huang met with government officials last week, according to reports.

The accusations led to online criticism, flouting China's crackdown on corruption and extravagance amongst government officials.

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