Sunday 05 July 2015

Playing Mahjong to Honor the Dead

Mourners play mahjong near a coffin during a funeral wake.MANILA Philippines 01 July 2015 - In the Philippines, gambling isn’t just a past time, but a way to honor the dead. Betting games, mah jong, and card tables are often set up at Filipino wakes, or paglalamay, where the tradition is to keep a 24-hour vigil over the deceased until the burial.

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Officials removed for taking kickbacks through mahjong

The eight were fined 500 yuan ($79, €63) ) each and were removed from their posts on June 22. Zhu, who had been at his post for eight years, played mahjong as a way of taking kick-backs for allocating funds to lower-level departments, reported Guangzhou-based New News Express, citing unidentified sources.

In one case, up to 4 million yuan ($628,300; €503,261) was involved in such a mahjong game.The eight officials are under investigation and their posts will be filled through open competition and selection, according to the Meizhou Party committee.

(China Daily)



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