The newly-launched Website of the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention
(NBCP) crashed on Tuesday, just hours after it was launched, as Chinese people
logged on in their droves to complain about corruption among
The official website (yfj.mos.gov.cn) was inaccessible on
Tuesday afternoon because of number of visitors.
A NBCP official said
yesterday: "Repairs were carried out soon after the Website's sudden breakdown
and normal service has been resumed.
"The number of visitors was very
large and beyond our expectations."
By 4pm yesterday, Netizens had left
22 pages of messages on the Website's guestbook. Many were anxious to report
specific cases of official corruption but were immediately directed to other
websites such as that of the Ministry of Supervision, by the
Some called for the strengthening of
the government's anti-corruption work, others said corruption in institutes of
higher education and grassroots governments should receive special
"The corruption problem in China is a fatal illness -
establishing more institutions cannot solve the problem," one comment
The enthusiasm that greeted the launch of the Website reflects the
growing frustration felt by the general public towards corruption at government
level, a frustration accentuated by several high-profile corruption cases in the
last five years.
Many senior officials have been found guilty of serious
corruption, including the former director of the National Bureau of Statistics
Qiu Xiaohua, the former food and drug administration head Zheng Xiaoyu, and
former Shanghai Party chief Chen Liangyu.
Last year, more than 90,000
officials were disciplined.
The NBCP was officially established on
September 13 with Ma Wen, the Minister of Supervision, as its head.
The bureau has been entrusted to collect and analyze information from the
banking, real estate, medicine and telecommunications sectors, among others, and
to share it with prosecuting organs, courts and the