The photo showed the official from Guixi in Jiangxi province being
carried on another man's back through ankle-deep water, keeping his
leather shoes dry, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
He was caught on camera on Saturday during a search for three
children who had fallen into a swollen river, Xinhua added.
"Wang, vice director of a government office, was about to cross a
flooded path when Ding, a low level clerk, offered him the ride. The
inappropriate act had a negative social impact and tarnished the
image of party officials," the report said.
Last year, an official in neighboring Zhejiang province was fired
after pictures of him being carried across flood waters by a
villager while visiting flood victims also caused anger online.
China's ruling Communist Party has been engaged in a sweeping
crackdown on official corruption, excess and abuse of power. Greater
access to the Internet has given Chinese people a forum to publicize
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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