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Friday, March 5, 2010

Lei Feng Day: Ganbu without Car

It’s Lei Feng Day. More than thirty humble bosses from Dongguan, Huizhou, and Foshan gathered in Guangzhou’s Yuexiu Park (越秀公园) on Thursday to worship a portrait of the great Communist saint, or to vow that they’d learn from Lei Feng and that they’d be people of a strong and powerful spirit (做心灵富豪), on the eve of the day in history when Mao Zedong canonized the hero, 47 years ago. The gathering took place at the Statue of Five Goats Square (五羊石像广场).

At the same time, the nation is eagerly awaiting reform of the use of official cars by its country’s public servants, reports Southern Metropolis Daily‘s website (南方都市报). There should be less official cars be available for the ganbus, a daring initiative at the National People’s Congress (started today) advocates: Ganbus might buy their own cars instead, or take a cab to and from work.

Reportedly, a cab could have made Mao Xinyu‘s (毛新宇) way home after a arduous day at the NPC much more harmonious, too. Der Spiegel and lots of other reports suggest that Chairman Mao’s grandson was followed by a number of photographers and news people and wanted to get out of there asap.

Mao: “Where is the car?”
Soldier: “It’s at the Northern Gate.”
Mao: “OK. And where are we now?”
Soldier: “You are at the Eastern Gate.”

Lei Feng would have been more helpful. Mylaowai, himself a dedicated learner of China’s spiritual civilization, wrote a poem to salute the idol, and 0112337 has lost all hope that foreigners will ever understand.

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Update (Aug 2, 2010)
Mao Xinyu is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), not of the NPC.

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