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New school rented to auto dealer

By Ma Lie  (China Daily)

08:15, February 21, 2012

A primary school building donated by a Hong Kong philanthropist is turned into an auto dealership in Weinan, Northwest China's Shaanxi province. Du Honggang / Xinhua

XI'AN - A village's primary school built with donated funds has been turned into an auto dealership, and villagers say the local government in Weinan, Northwest China's Shaanxi province, must intervene.

The zone's administrative committee is taking action to regain the school, Yan Feng, office director of Weinan Hi-Tech Development Zone's social affairs bureau, which is in charge of education, told China Daily on Monday.

Those measures include having any construction for the dealership removed from the school, Yan said. In addition, the bureau is urging the village managing committee to rescind the lease and prepare for the students to return.

"The pupils are expected to return to the school before the end of March, for there are a number of matters that need to be worked out between the village and the auto dealer," Yan said.

The school, Zhaocun Yifu (Run Run Shaw) Primary School, was built in Zhaocun at a cost of 1.9 million yuan ($302,000), of which more than 254,000 yuan was donated from a fund of the Hong Kong philanthropist Run Run Shaw. The rest of the money came from a local government bureau and the village.

Construction was completed by the end of 2009, and about 100 students from the village had lessons in it for two weeks in May 2010. They were then sent back to their old school.

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PD User at 2012-02-2265.74.1.*
I have been working in China for the last 4 years. Before merger with a local government link company we were doing well. I have suffering from a cultural shock since the merger, many of my local staff have left, these were the very dynamic and efficient. The foreigners are leaving and I have job offer out of China as well.What sadden me the most is the apparent corruption going on within the company. As it is the company is non profitable but amazingly the business is fairly good. My sympathy to the people and the government having to keep the company viable.My local colleagues told me they are aware of the situation but they are powerless. I have been quite a keen student on Chinese modern history. I belief, Chairman Mao did not win China from Chiang Kai Shek. It was Chiang who lost it to Mao. Under the Qing and then the Koumintang, the government was just too corrupted and the people just wanted a change.Under the Qing, China was sliced up like a water melon as mentioned by Chairman Mao, even an insignificant country like Portugal could colonized Macau.With such attitude, I doubt China could be the No 1 in the very near future. It will be very fortunate your present position is not relegated unless your people change their mindset and attitude.
See at 2012-02-2160.50.1.*
Is it a corrupt practise?, building that is for the purpose of schooling should not be for other uses. Even, short of fund the village committee should made an appeal to the central government or public for more donation. which is more important children or making money.Did the village committee think that children are our future leaders
lovingchina at 2012-02-21183.39.55.*
This is like what CNN used to call, "thug & goon" actions of local authority n business persons plus of course a daring rampant corruption. What will CPC do?

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