More updates on Mr. Rui
Three years had passed since we last saw Mr. Rui cheng-kang, the well-known news anchor who was reported to have fallen into disgrace. And he had recently made an unexpected and surreptitious appearance in the web world when what looked like a mug-shot of Mr. Rui started circulating in the internet. To the surprise of millions of Rui’s fans in China, the once glamorous youth iron is nowhere to be found. Instead, what they saw is a blurred photo of a haggard and middle-aged man with glasses and a shaved head. Is this guy really Mr. Rui? Surely one needs some imagination to make a connection between this gloomy looking jailbird and the charming news anchor in signature suits and ties cracking jokes with Bill Clinton or Tony Blair. Further information coming along with the shot indicates that Mr. Rui is currently serving a six-year sentence in a prison in Jilin province.
Rui was said to be taken away by investigators in November 2014 following a nation wide ant-graft campaign. Shortly after Rui’s disappearing from public rumors have been spreading in the net world that Rui was arrested on espionage charges and could even face death penalty if convicted. Rui’s falling into disgrace had stirred up quite a ripple in the ocean of entertainment industry in China as he was long deemed a rising star. Further revealing may grant millions of Rui’s fans a relief that Rui’s actual offence is much less severe than previously expected. In fact, Rui was convicted of bribing and taking bribes when his own consulting firm had helped CCTV to recruit clients. Mr. Rui had allegedly received commissions from his employer, the CCTV, and its foreign clients for brokering interviews. As to the espionage charges no solid evidence has emerged so far to verify it. It is also rumored that Rui’s fall may have something to do with his close connections with some of the top-notch officials in China, most notably Ling Ji-hua and his wife. Ruis is rumored to have been a secret lover of Ling’s wife. Rumor like this has usually aroused enthusiasm among Chinese for whom sex and money are usually the heated topics in gossiping the downfall of a dignitary.
Ever since Mr Rui’s conviction the place of his incarceration has been a keen subject of surmising among the Netizens. Some suspected that Ruis was locked up in the famous Qincheng prison. But further analysis by better informed Netizens quickly dismissed such a possibility on the grounds that Qincheng was a place reserved for high-rank officials. Apparently, Mr. Rui, a mere news anchor, no matter whatever the crime he might have committed, has not the right to book a room in the Qingcheng hotel. Mr. Rui’s whereabouts has not been confirmed until a mug shot emerged in the internet indicating that he is now a jailbird in a local prison in Jilin province.
The last words we heard from Mr. Rui was a short message left in his personal blogg which went like this “ care less about what others say about you, let the rumor spread, time will clear up everything.” Mr. Rui’s downfall stirred up a mixed feeling among the observers who had dividend into both sympathizers and critics. Rui’s, with his suave appearance and a good command of English, was often viewed by many as both arrogant and snobbish. Many labeled him as a shrewd opportunist adept at exploiting the trend to serve for his own interests, especially when his misconducts had come to light. In essence, Rui, just like all the rascals working for the regime, is above all else a shameless and loyal running dog who is not hesitant to do his best to promote the causes of his master.
Rui deserves what he got. Like all these corrupt officials, he has to be held responsible for what he had done. Rui is said to have nearly choked himself to death when a piece of chicken bone was found stuck in his throat. Mr. Rui was probably trying to come to a sense as to why he had ended up in a place like this while eating his dinner. While I am writing this report, Rui is probably working in prison making light bulbs. The rise and fall of Rui and his likes remind us of a famous Chinese proverb: “If you win, you might be a king or a nobleman, and if you fail, you might well become a bandit or a convict.”