Gift giv­ing gets com­pli­cated

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

The Spring Fes­ti­val hol­i­day is ap­proach­ing, and de­spite the gift in­dus­try feel­ing the im­pact of the gov­ern­ment’s new pol­icy to com­bat ex­trav­a­gance and waste, the sales of a new prod­uct called “gift list” is flour­ish­ing, says an ar­ti­cle on gmw.cn. Ex­cerpts:

The “gift list” is a new way to present gifts. But in­stead of vis­it­ing shops and shop­ping malls to buy gifts and per­son­ally giv­ing them to fam­ily mem­bers, friends or of­fi­cials, peo­ple just use e-com­merce and ex­press de­liv­ery to send the gifts to the in­tended per­son. By do­ing so, peo­ple can avoid su­per­vi­sion over gift giv­ing us­ing pub­lic funds and sub­se­quent in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Com­pared with the sit­u­a­tion over the past years, the un­healthy trend of gift giv­ing among of­fi­cials has changed. But the “gift list” now pro­vides them with an “un­der­ground” way to ful­fill their aim and hide their cor­rupt deals as well.

The ex­press de­liv­ery com­pa­nies take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity of de­liv­er­ing the gifts, which look like com­mon con­sign­ments that cus­tomers or­der online, and thus make the sit­u­a­tion more com­pli­cated.

There­fore, in­stead of just in­ves­ti­gat­ing into the new mode of “gift list”, we should strengthen su­per­vi­sion to elim­i­nate the evil prac­tice from its roots. We should not let e-com­merce be­come the next “exit point” for cor­rup­tion.

The opin­ions ex­pressed on this page do not nec­es­sar­ily re­flect those of China Daily North Amer­ica Edi­tion

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