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Smiling official at tragic accident site involved in luxury watch scandal

Posted: 27 Aug 2012 12:37 PM PDT

Smiling official at tragic accident site exposed having several luxury watches

A photo picturing an official with a corrupt belly and his hands behind back smiling at the site of a deadly rear-end accident in Shaanxi that killed 36 people has gone viral online.

The official was soon identified as Yang Dacai (杨达才), Director of the State Administration of Work Safety in Shanxi Province, sparking a huge wave of criticisms against him for his aloof attitude.

Yesterday the local work safety administration responded to the matter, by saying that Yang did rush to the accident site all the way after receiving the news, but the snapshot by the netizen could not reflect the real situation at the site.

Despite of the explanation, angry netizens have dug out more photos of the senior official, showing him wearing at least five different types of luxury watches when attending various activities and conferences.

Luxury watches worn by Chinese officials have been referred to as a sign of corruption in China.

According to a chief operating officer for a luxury-product website, who verified the watches in the photos with an expert in the watch industry, she believed the five types of watches respectively are 1) a Rolex (Oyster Perpetual) worth of 65,000 yuan, 2) an Omega worth of 40,000 yuan, 3) a Vacheron Constantin gold dress watch worth of 200,000 t0 400,000 yuan, 4) another Omega worth of up to 40,000 yuan, and 5) a Rado worth of 30,000 yuan. Have a quick look below.

Smiling official at tragic accident site exposed having several luxury watches
Smiling official at tragic accident site exposed having several luxury watches
Smiling official at tragic accident site exposed having several luxury watches
Smiling official at tragic accident site exposed having several luxury watches
Smiling official at tragic accident site exposed having several luxury watches

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