Probe can get to root of case

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT - Shen­zhen Spe­cial Zone Daily, Aug 14 Bei­jing Youth Daily, Aug 14 Bei­jingMorn­ing Post, Aug 14 Bei­jing News, Aug 14

dif­fer­ence be­tween the tra­di­tional Chi­nese medic­i­nal herb and its new off­spring may con­fuse the pub­lic since it is to do with the spe­cial­ist field of plant tax­on­omy, which re­quires pro­fes­sional knowl­edge to un­der­stand. But, the pub­lic can eas­ily un­der­stand the process by which the name of the medic­i­nal plant has been changed, as it re­flects a re­dis­tri­bu­tion of in­ter­ests. More­over, whether such a process is nor­mal and fair is of great con­cern to the pub­lic nowa­days.

there was cor­rup­tion in­volved in the Chi­nese Phar­ma­copoeia Com­mis­sion’s ac­tion of re­nam­ing the Chi­nese name of Ja­panese honey­suckle is still as yet un­known. How­ever, we need to be on high alert for such forms of cor­rup­tion. In re­al­ity, although it may be an iso­lated case of in­di­vid­u­als get­ting il­le­gal ben­e­fits by es­tab­lish­ing a new rule, the sit­u­a­tion of de­part­ments le­gal­iz­ing their in­ter­ests in such a way ex­ists else­where.

Com­pared to ad­min­is­tra­tive and ju­di­cial cor­rup­tion, such leg­isla­tive cor­rup­tion usu­ally has an in­di­rect ef­fect on the pub­lic, so it is eas­ily ne­glected. But it can do great harm to so­ci­ety as leg­is­la­tion is the first weapon in the fight against in­jus­tice. Laws and reg­u­la­tions are just spe­cial pub­lic prod­ucts that pro­tect so­ci­ety, they must not be ex­clu­sively used for serv­ing in­ter­est groups in China.

smooth run­ning of the econ­omy needs to be safe­guarded by the law, and the law re­quires facts sup­ported by ev­i­dence. Whether the re­nam­ing of the plant by the Chi­nese Phar­ma­copoeia Com­mis­sion in­volved cor­rup­tion needs to be judged by law, and the fi­nal con­clu­sion should be in­ves­ti­gated and proved by the facts. Be­sides at­tract­ing pub­lic at­ten­tion, it is hoped that the two sides in this case will use the le­gal sys­tem to de­ter­mine whether it is a case of cor­rup­tion or not. Only through facts and ev­i­dence will the pub­lic be fully con­vinced.

name whis­tle-blower’s ac­cu­sa­tion has drawn great at­ten­tion. In fact, the aca­demic is­sue of whether there is a case for re­nam­ing the medic­i­nal herb or not may re­main un­set­tled in the short term, but the dis­ci­pline in­spec­tion de­part­ments and po­lice can clearly in­ves­ti­gate if there is cor­rup­tion in­volved. There­fore, in­stead of on­line de­bate, progress should be made through a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The in­ci­dent has also served the valu­able func­tion of re­mind­ing the pub­lic sec­tor that such in­stances of on­line whis­tle-blow­ers are not nec­es­sar­ily dam­ag­ing if the ac­cu­sa­tions can be swiftly and rea­son­ably re­futed. In such a case it could help an hon­est en­ter­prise se­cure peo­ple’s trust. As for the fi­nal re­sult of this case, it still needs in­ves­ti­gat­ing to give us a fi­nal con­clu­sion.

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