NTD reported about a week ago, 36 people died in a bus accident in Yanan. A photo of a CCP official standing in front of the burnt out hulks of the vehicles quickly went viral on the internet in China, with the official dubbed the "smiling director". Netizens were outraged and began to investigate him by digging into his personal and public data. On Monday, the official was reportedly detained and under investigation.
A photo of Yang Dacai smiling at the site of a traffic accident, where, on August 26, 36 people died when a bus burnt after ramming a truck carrying methanol. Yang was the Director of the CCP Safety Supervision Bureau, and a photo of him with a broad smile on his face, standing in front of the burnt-out hulk of the vehicles went viral on the internet in China. Netizens were outraged.
They began to investigate him immediately. They discovered different images where he wore at least 11 different luxury watches, each valued at more than 100,000 yuan. Other netizens revealed that he had an Italian suit worth at least 50,000 yuan.
Liu Jianfeng, a university student in Hubei province, has reportedly submitted a petition to Shanxi’s Financial Bureau, urging them to make Yang’s salary last year public. On the same day, state-run media outlet Xinhua tried to clear the rumors, saying that Yang used to say his annual salary was around 170,000 to 180,000 yuan, and that he often switches watches with his son.
But netizens are not convinced and have come up with more findings. A netizen found that Yang is also known by the nickname “Millionaire Yang” or “Bandit Yang”. And he drinks only the the most expensive Chinese liquor “Wu Liang Ye” and smokes only the most expensive cigarettes “Soft Zhonghua”.
Zhu Xinxin, a former news editor, doubted Yang could afford these luxuries.
[Zhu Xinxin, former editor of Hebei TV Station]:
“His salary could not possibly sustain his extravagant life. In fact, it is not uncommon for those officials in mainland China to have a lot of hidden income, which far exceed their official salaries."
Jin Chu, a network writer who left the political circles of the CCP 10 years ago, pointed out that for an officer like Yang, the official annual income plus his hidden income could amount to at least one million yuan.
[Mr. Jin, Network Writer]:
“In the CCP regime, you will be an outcast if you choose to stay free from corruption. It is a kind of reverse filtering mechanism. You have to be as corrupted or as shameless when doing something against human conscience. Otherwise you won’t be able to be regarded as one of them. As a result, the government is all the more corrupted, degenerated, and greedy.”
On September 3rd, the news was announced that Yang had been detained and was under investigation.