The following post by “Protect Human Rights” (保护-人权), a user with just under 20,000 followers on Sina Weibo, was deleted from Weibo sometime before 12:25pm today, April 9, 2014. [See more deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre]

If wining and dining with public funds was cut in half, kids in poor mountain regions could all attend school; if we cut the number of public vehicles [used by officials] in half, schools across China could all have school buses; if control was cut in half, we could become a cultural great power; if special privileges [enjoyed by officials] were cut in half, we would have true social harmony; if bribery and law-breaking were cut in half, no one would head to Beijing to petition; if we cut the number of public functionaries in half, the efficiency of our government agencies would achieve real progress; if we cut impudence in half, we would be a major power in earnest.

The original Chinese post follows:

如果把公款吃喝减一半,贫困山区的孩子都能上学了;如把公车减一半, 全国学校都有校车了;如把管制减一半,咱就成文化强国了;如果把特权减一半,社会就真的和谐了;如果把贪赃枉法减一半,就没人进京上访了;如果把公务员减一半,机关效率就真提高了;如果把无耻减一半, 咱真的就大国崛起了


David Bandurski

CMP Director

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