Should delegates seek own agenda?作者：21ST 时间：2008-03-12 期号：745
ZHANG Yin, the richest woman in the 2006 Hurun China Rich List and a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), has created a national controversy with her proposals at the CPPCC's annual session.
Zhang, chairwoman of paper manufacturer Nine Dragons Paper Ltd, made three proposals. First, she called for canceling indefinite-term employment contracts for labor-intensive companies. Second, she proposed reducing taxes for those earning more than 100,000 yuan a month. She also recommended that the State give tax breaks to companies imp
Her proposals have been criticized by other CPPCC members and many netizens. They say Zhang is on
However, other commentators point out that the CPPCC is meant to be a forum that gives members representing different social groups a chance to voice their opinions.
So, what do you think? Is it acceptable for a CPPCC member to make proposals that aim to promote the interests of their own social groups?
Zhang's proposals fall perfectly within her responsibilities as a CPPCC delegate.
1. Zhang's proposals would not on
2. CPPCC members are supposed to come from all walks of life and represent a wide social spectrum. That includes big companies and rich people. They make big contributions to the country in the form of taxes, and there is nothing wrong with them speaking their minds at a national forum.
3. These are on
CPPCC delegates should represent the whole nation.
1. The last change to the Labor Contract Law was passed by the National People's Congress, and the clauses about indefinite-term contracts were welcomed by millions of ordinary workers nationwide. It is inappropriate for Zhang to challenge this national consensus based on the interests of a small group.
2. Because of their special social status, CPPCC members' opinions, when made public, can influence policy-making. This requires them to be especially responsible and careful in what they say and do.
3. Delegates often make proposals based on the interests of their own social groups. But the fact that Zhang made three proposals, all seeking to advance her own interests, shows that she is rather narrow-minded in her conception of her political role. Neither is she being considerate of other social groups.