Com­mu­nity re­sponse pos­i­tive; peo­ple ask for more chances to raise is­sues

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By LIU KUN in Wuhan and HOU LIQIANG in Bei­jing

Lin Shuwen, ap­pear­ing on live TV, blushed when he watched a short video of an el­derly res­i­dent com­plain­ing about of­fi­cials un­der his man­age­ment.

The re­ac­tion of Lin, the Party chief of Hong­shan dis­trict in Wuhan, Hubei province, was a high­light of a show called Dian­shi Wen­zheng — or Ques­tion­ing Of­fi­cials on TV — which aired this week from Mon­day to Wed­nes­day.

Lin, one of 12 of­fi­cials to ap­pear on the first night, was asked to watch a pre­re­corded seg­ment fea­tur­ing Huang Ju­lan, a 75-year-old res­i­dent in his dis­trict, who said she had strug­gled to ob­tain a doc­u­ment proving that she lives alone in or­der to get a sub­sidy for home­based care.

She said she had made more than 20 vis­its to var­i­ous de­part­ments over two weeks, but still had not got the doc­u­ment.

“Th­ese of­fi­cials didn’t serve in the right way,” Lin said, ad­dress­ing a live stu­dio au­di­ence of about 200 peo- ple. “Their at­ti­tudes are not cor­rect.”

The ac­tion quickly switched to Huang watch­ing the show live in her liv­ing room, where she re­sponded: “Don’t give me words, show me ac­tion. Only then will I be sat­is­fied.”

Dian­shi Wen­zheng, which gives res­i­dents an op­por­tu­nity to take up com­plaints with se­nior of­fi­cials, started at 8 pm and lasted al­most two hours on Wuhan TV. The show is aired once or twice a year and is now in its sixth year — al­though it was tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended in 2016 be­cause of lo­cal flood­ing.

Each episode is themed. This week’s in­stall­ments fo­cused on the work­ing styles of grass­roots of­fi­cials, the treat­ment of four ma­jor wa­ter bod­ies and im­prove­ments in the city’s en­vi­ron­ment.

Hu Jian­ming, deputy gen­eral man­ager of a prop­erty de­vel­op­ment com­pany who was in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram to of­fer com­men­tary and anal­y­sis on Tues­day, said he did not ex­pect it would get so much at­ten­tion from his rel­a­tives and friends.

“I was called by at least five

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