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Chinese governmental officials need to speak cautiously

(People's Daily)

16:52, October 26, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Shaanxi Daily published a report on Oct. 17 regarding an issue of pine trees in a local park withering. The chief of the Forestry Bureau of Dingbian County Sun Huaisheng told reporters that, "the residents are just asking for trouble" and "it is none of their business." Sun's words soon appeared on many websites and BBS forums. Then, the Standing Committee of the county's Party Committee suspended his post and ordered him to write a self-criticism.

The official's words deeply hurt the sensitive public once again. In recent years, astonishing words said by governmental officials have often been heard, for example, "I serve no one" and "you media should report how the common people are deliberately creating difficulties for the government and how they extort money from the government." The frequency of "astonishing words" of such kind reflects that some cadres and leaders still have the wrong attitude towards their governing ideas and service consciousness.

Public servants must take the public's interests as the top priority. All of the governmental cadres know this principle and some of them even could precisely and perfectly interpret it. However, while dealing with practical issues, a few of them totally forget this principle and regard the common people expressing different opinions as the people looking for troubles. It seems that the cadres must solve the problems with their minds first before solving the problem of their mouths.


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Steven Johannsen at 2011-11-01114.94.78.*
Your dealing with 3 things - years and years of culture, people following traditions and their own traditions depending on the areas they live in and are brought up, and growth model that has developed a rocket of change. All at once, you mix this together in a big bowl, and some of these ingredients are not agreeing with the other. A mix that will possibly over-power the other, unless their is sincere compromise and correct decisions being made w/ the right kind of accountability on both sides.
ari at 2011-10-30115.134.72.*
Have a nice day
jack Smith, USA at 2011-10-2924.26.135.*
Bring back struggle sessions. Jack Smith, USA
Canada at 2011-10-2870.36.49.*
read news from your website, know many news of China and other countries from it, i like it very much
wende at 2011-10-2871.125.85.*
I think on every Monday, officials should recite a vow to serve the people and country. This simple ceremony will hopefully remind them that they are the servants of the people and not their masters.

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