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8 cars in 7 years sparks outrage on the Internet

A TAXATION bureau chief in an eastern China city is said to have spent 3 million yuan (US$440,000) on eight cars in seven years.

An online post on, a major Web portal of east China's Shandong Province, said Li Zongzhen, director of the state taxation bureau of Shandong's Zaozhuang City, updated cars, including a Honda Accord, a Toyota Crown and a Volkswagen Santana, from 2001 at public expense.

When Li took the position, he refused to use an old Toyota Crown from his predecessor and misused his subordinates' salary to purchase a Honda Accord. He even paid 40,000 yuan more to drive the car back immediately.

Li was also enthusiastic about an auspicious plate number and grabbed a DA0369 plate from its owner, according to the post.

Li also gifted himself a province-level police plate and bought a Santana for it, said the post.

However, the accusations were denied by the disciplinary director of the bureau, who said Li was a model worker and an honest man with integrity.

The discipline official explained Li's updating cars was because the demand of work. The Accord Li used from 2001 to 2006 had done more than 400,000 kilometers and needed to be updated under the traffic laws.

The discipline official, who was not identified, also said the plate number was dispatched by traffic police at random and the police plate was set up by local public security bureau for government agencies.

But Netizens said the official might be involved in discipline violations and that's why he was defending Li.


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