China’s Corruption Prevention Site Crashes

    December 19, 2007

A new Web site launched by China’s anti-corruption bureau crashed shortly after going live Monday because too many visitors overwhelmed the system trying to register complaints.

China's Corruption Prevention Site Crashes

The National Bureau of Corruption Prevention was formed in September to take on growing corruption scandals involving government and Communist Party officials.

The Web site was set up Monday allowed the public to leave comments about the governments work, but the number of visitors disabled the site Tuesday, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.

The site was back online Wednesday and had 16 pages with more than 250 comments, with a variety of complaints such as the promotion of public officials to criticism about the Web site itself. "The corruption problem in China is a fatal illness, establishing more institutions can not solve the problem," one comment read.

The ruling Communist Party has been hit by a number of high-profile scandals. Former Shanghai Communist Party boss, Chen Liangyu, is awaiting trial following his arrest in September 2006 for allegedly misusing the city’s pension funds.

Last year, more than 90,000 officials were reprimanded, but it only accounted for 0.14 percent of the total number of the CPC members.