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Li Keqiang Has Banned “Buttock Leads Head”.
Can This Protect Food Safety?
Food safety in China hasn’t any bottom line now.
Li Keqiang will take over as Prime Minister in March.
Li said few days ago that he will build a safety guard
for food to ensure people are “Safe on the tongue”.
He asked that the government transform the function and
that it doesn’t engage in “buttock leads head”.
What’s the outside world’s opinion on this? Let’s see!
The China News Agency reported that Li Keqiang holds
a concurrent post as the director of Food Safety Commission on the State Council.
On January 24, when presiding over the 5th plenary
meeting of the Food Safety Commission,
Li said that the food safety is an important basic livelihood
issue that relates to everybody.
Supervision of the food market should be strengthened
and food should be the most important government issue.
Li pointed out that the key to administrative reform
is transforming the government’s function, this will affect various interests.
But officials should nevertheless think about the overall
situation and not engage in parochialism, which is “buttock leads head”.
Lan Shu, a political commentator analyzed that
Li Keqiang’s words show clearly that
the limited reform that he and the General Secretary
Xi Jinping have promoted is meeting strong resistance, and that moving forward will be hard.
Lan Shu: “The so-called don’t engage in ‘parochialism’ means
don’t engage in the vested interest’s group.
For ‘buttock leads head’, the ‘buttock’ means your position
inside the interests group, meaning that you speak for that group.
This point directly to the reform that Xi-Li want to
promote inside the Chinese Communist Party’s regime. It clearly faces resistance.”
For the key tasks of this year, Li Keqiang said the
“nose of the bull” should be grabbed.
What need to be grabbed are the major,
difficult, hot issues of food safety;
be brave enough to challenge the “hard bone”;
strike with a strong fist and focus on disorder.
Lan Shu thought the current resistance that Xi-Li faced
can’t be solved by Xi-Li themselves , since the resistance itself is coming is from within the CCP system.
Lan Shu: ”Because all the interest groups are
‘buttock leads head’.
They don’t use their head to decide whether
to take reform or not,
They speak for the group which they belong to,
this is the case with most officials.”
It’s reported that the members and organizations of
the Food Safety Commission reported to the meeting.
The meeting reviewed the “Key tasks of food safety
in 2003”, and considered that in general,
the food safety situation is stable and
is developing in the right direction.
Zhu Jianguo, a Shenzhen independent writer, pointed out
that those claims are obviously contrary to the facts.
Zhu Jianguo: “Now in China, air is polluted, water is polluted.
In this kind of circumstance, it’s 100% certain that food isn’t safe.
Apart from the special food supplied for Zhongnanhai,
there’s no safe food for people.
Despite the situation, it said the main stream is good.
These words have angered people very much! It’s a lie!”
Zhu Jianguo thought the words “the general situation is stable
and is headed in the right direction” have already taken away the responsibility of officials charged with food safety.
It is a fact that this kind of meeting has no positive
effect on the situation.
At the meeting it was said that all the “black factories”,
“black workshops” and “black dens” will be removed
to cut off the illegal benefit chains which can break the “hidden rules“ this year.
A Chinese netizen Mr. Gu: ”I personally feel it’s very difficult.
People don’t engage in the actions and each interest group only takes care of money.
So the “buttock” is correct, but there is one thing on which
people should be clear and that is the target is very hard to reach.
This is because the power is granted from higher level to
lower level, it’s not the people who grant power to officials.”
The dissatisfaction of Chinese on food safety got bigger and
bigger, then the CCP authority issued the “Food Safety Law” which had effect from June 2009.
But the execution is plagued by inefficiency and corruption.
The food safety blacklist is continually increasing.
The food safety scandal and shocking news are endless.
Wen Jiabao, the Prime Minister said the food safety incident
is a sign that Chinese society “lacks integrity and that the moral standard is declining”.
But the CCP, it seems, hadn’t heard Wen’s vow to
increase business ethics.
In April last year, the CCP’s mouthpiece Qiushi Magazine
published an article which denied there is any such systematic moral retrogression in China.
Maybe it’s not a surprise because many officials and
law enforcement officers are leading the nation’s moral decline.