The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the nation's parliament of more than 2,000 delegates, ended in Beijing on 12, March, with pledges to help maintain steady and relatively speedy economic development in 2009. Top national leaders such as Hu Jingtao, Premier Wen Jiabao were present at the closing ceremony. (Xinhua)
The conference, according to the ruling Communist Party (CCP), is one of the most important institutions which carry out Chinese-style democracy, that is multiple-party co-operation led by CCP. However, the conference has always been viewed as simply a rubber stamp with its sole purpose being to give endorsement to decisions already made, thus giving semblance of ‘popular’ support for government programs.
However, what is really popular on the internet in China these days is to highlight and satarize some of the most astonishing, impractical and absurd proposals made by the delegates.
Blogger Song Shi-nan (宋石男） gives a list of such ‘amazing’ proposals on his blog. In the appendix, he notes an interesting news:
Accordingly, 5 million RMB on paper use will thereby be saved.
However, netizens soon found that the so-called frugal measure actually costs 7.5 million RMB . Some more industrious blogger went even further and calculated how much paper was represented by the 5 million RMB and found that each delegate would have received 36,363 sheets should the 5 million have been spent! Blogger Uncle Y pokes fun of the ambition of ‘saving money’ by saying, “what a paper mountain the conference would have been!”
At a time of global economic downturn, a notable theme of the meeting is to bolster the economy, and the delegates didn't disappoint us taking much care of the issue. But their proposals are sometimes unintentionally ironical and hilarious.
His proposal was named “economic-cultural industry of Chinese traditional clothing”.
On NetEase, a popular online discussion board, one comment was:
Other than clothing, another delegate, Zong Licheng (宗立成), proposed,
Blogger Song Shinan seems to be thrilled by so creative an idea. He comments:
More proposals have been presented:
In response to the proposal, a netizen questions:
Another proposal concerns college students again, who are particularly troubled by job losses this year.
Song Shinan laughs at the idea:
Ran Yun-fei, reviewing all these proposals and opinions, so categorized them:
But why all these ridiculous statements and happenings could happen in a solemn and important conference? He said: