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Wen: "... enable them to oversee and CRITICIZE the government"
So I guess to criticize the NPC members should be OK? See if this works:|
Ode to the National People’s Congress
For many years, the NPC meeting has become a circus for parading of all kinds of funny issues ranging from complaining about petty little things to preaching how athletes should talk in public.The ideas proposed so far in this hectic week-long party are no exception this year . Among the usual whining and crying about corruption and high flying real estate prices, a couple of proposals have caught my eye. I have compiled a top ten list that the Congress should seriously considering making into law, with some of my comments inserted:
10. Use of traditional Han costume instead of western style robe on occasions of degree conferment ceremony.
Comment: Is this from a tailor making Han costumes? But still a good idea.
9. Making English an optional course instead of mandatory one in college education.
Comment: They should do this with the determination of tearing down the Berlin Wall, and have a Shanghai-tea party by throwing the English tax into the Pacific ocean, although I am sure China Daily wont’ be happy about it.
8. Legalizing street peddling
Comment: That is how Shanghai should compete at the cultural front with Singapore, a state of walking zombies. Will attract more foreign investment for sure!
7. Mandatory pre-marital health exam, subsidized by the government
Comment: Agree with the first part, but vehemently opposed to the second one. Don’t distract the government’s funding for free condom distribution.
6. Making 9.18 as China’s Memorial Day
Comment: Long over due. Veteran parade recommended.
5. Legislation to punish Han Jian speech.
Comment: This is the Chinese version of the 2001 Patriotic Act, to testify to Samuel Johnson’s calling: Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. The People’s Congress has a lot of People’s scoundrels too. Nevertheless, it is still a good idea.
4. Private property rights: The latest text of the bills states that "The property of the state, the collective, the individual and other obligees is protected by law, and no units or individuals may infringe upon it."
Comment: Sounds like tautology to me. Nothing more than a loud farce. Need more concrete steps.
3. Children’s height to qualify for free train tickets raised to 1.2 m from 1.1 m.
Comment: This is from a doctor who claims that children’s average height in China has increased by 6 cm in the last 30 years. Fairly reasonable request, other than that he bootlegs in extra 4 cm .
2. Renaming of Tai Mountain as the National Mountain.
Comment: This is not surprisingly from a representative from Shan Dong province. Typical pork barrel politics. But China needs a national mountain anyway. Pork barrel, so be it.
1. Use of domestically developed NPC (National Product Code) instead of western’s EPC (Electronic Product Code) standard as China’s RFID standard.
Comment: This is no-brainer to me. How can NPC (National People’s Congress) not support NPC? An easy campaign slogan as a result: NPC for NPC!!! Can’t go wrong with that.
[ Last edited by dgateway at 2007-3-16 02:01 PM ]