This is my translation for a paragraph from 老殘遊記. It seems to depict exactly how some people felt with the recent typhoon disaster.
Corrupt officials, though heinous, are known to all. Incorrupt officials, though most despicable, are known to few.
As the former, conscious of their sickness, conduct no public atrocity.
Whilst, the later, armed with unblemished records, stop at nothing.
With obstinacy, at a minimum, incorrupt officials kill people, while, in the extreme, jeopardize the entire country.
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