Chinese officials punished for dozing off during meeting

Six officials in central China‘s Hubei province have been punished for dozing off in a meeting on how to motivate lazy bureaucrats, state media and the local government said.

Pictures of the sleeping officials have received widespread coverage in Chinese media over the past two days, amid President Xi Jinping‘s sweeping crackdown on corruption, extravagance and dereliction of duty.

Chinese social media users offered up a variety of explanations, with some suggesting that the bureaucrats may have been suffering from “post-holiday syndrome”, while others surmising that the conference room may have been too comfortable, Global Times reports.

The Communist Party discipline bureau in Hubei’s Xiangyang city on Thursday named the mid-level officials and said they had to write self-criticisms and make public apologies.

Global Times said on Friday the officials had, ironically, been attending a meeting on how to motivate lazy and sluggish officials.

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