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China so Enamored with Corruption, They Will Creat a Corruption Museum

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 4, 2010

This is odd, China is proposing to make a museum of corruption,

from yahoo news

“BEIJING (AFP) – A planned anti-graft museum in southwest China is asking the public to nominate the 100 most corrupt officials of the past century, state media reported Saturday.

Fan Jianchuan, who operates a private museum in Chengdu, said he started collecting artifacts for his “Traitors Museum” after Internet users suggested the idea, Xinhua news agency said, citing a local newspaper.

“Starting now, the museum will accept nominations from the masses who can then vote on the museum’s web site,” Fan was quoted as saying.

His biggest concern is that he will be overwhelmed by too many suggestions.

“Of course places are limited, we must consider the level (of corruption),” he said.

Criteria for deciding the top 100 will include the official’s position, how much they stole, by what means, the circumstances and the impact of their corruption, he said.

The museum would provide cautionary tales and help deter future corruption, he said.

Fan said he would ask the Communist Party’s disciplinary committee for support and envisions the museum as an anti-corruption education centre, possibly even providing tours for criminals serving prison sentences

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