Im­age build­ing raises stink

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

The three newly-built villa-like yet stinky pub­lic toi­lets in Bei­jing’s Haid­ian district at the cost of 1 mil­lion yuan ($160,000) are a dis­grace on district of­fi­cials, says an ar­ti­cle on xin­huanet.com. Ex­cerpts:

Should the people laugh or cry at the fool­har­di­ness ofHaid­ian district of­fi­cials’ to boost their im­age by build­ing the tawdry pub­lic toi­lets with rot­ting garbage strewn all over the place? The lo­cal of­fi­cials have not only wasted tax­pay­ers’ money on the three use­less show­pieces, but also made life dif­fi­cult for people in the neigh­bor­hood by pol­lut­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

Worse, in­stead of tak­ing cor­rec­tive mea­sures in re­sponse to pub­lic com­plaints, the lo­cal of­fi­cials have tried to hide their blun­der by cit­ing lame ex­cuses. How­can of­fi­cials se­ri­ous about serv­ing the people al­low pub­lic toi­lets to be turned into stinky garbage dumps? Lo­cal of­fi­cials should aban­don their sense of su­pe­ri­or­ity and com­mu­ni­cate reg­u­larly with the people to un­der­stand and ful­fill their ur­gent needs. Had they done so, they would have re­al­ized that pub­lic toi­lets should be hy­gienic, not showy.

The three pub­lic toi­lets are a per­fect ex­am­ple of pompous pub­lic­ity with­out any ma­te­rial. There­fore, the au­thor­i­ties should launch “mass line” cam­paigns to fight the evils of for­mal­ism, bu­reau­cracy, he­do­nism and ex­trav­a­gance.

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