Xin­jiang cor­rects pan-halal trend

Of­fi­cers, Party mem­bers urged to strengthen faith

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Liu Caiyu

The gov­ern­ment of Urumqi, North­west China’s Xin­jiang Uyghur Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion vowed on Mon­day to launch a cam­paign against the pan-halal ten­dency, and re­quire of­fi­cials and Party mem­bers to firmly be­lieve in Marx­ism and Lenin­ism and speak Pu­tonghua in pub­lic.

Of­fi­cers of the Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate in Urumqi were asked to be more con­scious of the ide­o­log­i­cal bat­tle, take the lead to free minds and shake off con­ven­tional think­ing, said Liu Ming, sec­re­tary of the lead­ing Party mem­bers’ group of the Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate of Urumqi, dur­ing the meet­ing on fight­ing pan-halal ten­dency on Mon­day.

Of­fi­cers of procu­ra­torate are re­quired to speak Pu­tonghua in pub­lic and of­fices.

In the past, the ris­ing pan­halal ten­dency has fu­eled the dis­like of re­li­gions in China as some de­mand that things be halal which can­not re­ally be halal and a sus­pected trend of Is­lamic rit­u­als pen­e­trat­ing into sec­u­lar life.

Some com­pa­nies putting halal la­bels on milk, tooth­paste and tis­sue. In 2016, pas­sen­gers on China South­ern Air­lines’ (CSA) flight to Urumqi ex­pressed their anger, af­ter the flight only served halal food.

Ex­perts said the pan-halal ten­dency blurs the bound­ary be­tween re­li­gion and sec­u­lar life. So it is easy to fall into the mire of re­li­gious ex­trem­ism.

Xiong Kunxin, an eth­nic stud­ies ex­pert and pro­fes­sor at Tibet Univer­sity, hailed the cam­paign, say­ing “these de­mands are in line with the Party con­sti­tu­tion. It should be pro­moted across Xin­jiang.”

Of­fi­cers of procu­ra­torate or­gans across Urumqi were en­cour­aged to write ar­ti­cles to clearly ex­press their stand against the pan-halal ten­dency, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment on the procu­ra­torate’s WeChat ac­count.

Zhu Weiqun, for­mer head of the Eth­nic and Re­li­gious Af­fairs Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence, also hailed the move, said that the Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate of Urumqi did the right thing.

The head and deputy head of Urumqi’s Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate pub­lished ar­ti­cles against the pan-halal ten­dency, ti­tled “Friends, you don’t have to find a halal res­tau­rant for me” and “Xin­jiang, a free mind move­ment is on” re­spec­tively.

Sep­a­rately, an ar­ti­cle writ­ten by an of­fi­cial from so­cial se­cu­rity bu­reau in Bachu county, which be­longs to Xin­jiang’s Kash­gar Pre­fec­ture, to his daugh­ter, ti­tled “En­joy the world­wide cui­sine and marry your love,” has been viewed on WeChat nearly 10,000 times as of press time.

Zhu also warned that pan­halal should not go too far as “the fight against the pan-halal ten­dency is not against halal.”

Zhu said of­fi­cials should rec­og­nize the dif­fer­ence be­tween pan-halal and halal.

He added that the cam­paign should not tar­get re­li­gious peo­ple by re­strict­ing their daily habits and pri­vacy.

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