A Beijing official has attracted major media attention for spending 1.6 million yuan, or more than $261,000, on his son’s lavish 3 day wedding.
Ma Linxiang, the deputy village chief of Qingheying in suburban Beijing, dropped more than 1 million yuan on a 250 table wedding ceremony at the China National Convention Center space for the wedding last week.
Ma claims he spent a lot less than what Chinese media has reported, saying he paid for only 2 days of festivities at a cost of 200,000 yuan, adding that the bride’s family contributed and that he earned some of it back in gifts from the wedding guests.
But Ma also told the local newspaper that he “couldn’t stop” the bride’s side of the family from splurging on the venue and entertainment, which even included two celebrities.
After the state’s anti-graft bureau launched an investigation into the conflicting claims, the group made a decision to fire the official, citing waste and discipline violations.
Many who were captivated by the story online say that the official deserved the firing, saying it seems obvious not to display such wealth while a very public crackdown is happening.