By Horace Lu
No design has been proposed yet for the “Goddess of Harmony, but we doubt she’ll look anything like this.
A Guangdong member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China’s top political advisory body, has raised eyebrows with his proposal to build a “Goddess of Harmony” (和谐女神像) at an important bridge linking Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau.
Liu Liping (刘力平), member of the CPPCC’s Guangdong branch says he has submitted his proposal to the conference. He tells local media that the statue is to be located at the landing point of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge where people enter Zhuhai and Macau.
“As China rises peacefully, it is necessary to construct a landmark. Standing forever at the country’s eastern coast, it demonstrates the unique spirit of a harmonious society and the great contribution Chinese people have made to mankind,” Liu is quoted by local media as saying.
He says that the global bid for the “Goddess of Harmony” statue could be made a much talked-about event. Through this, the cost of the statue could be covered by non-governmental organizations and Chinese living overseas.
The concept of a “harmonious society”, now written into the ruling Communist Party’s constitution, was first proposed by Hu Jintao in 2004. “Harmonious society”, in official terms, advocates democracy, equality, rule of law and social vitality. It has, however, been criticised by many as an excuse to silence dissent or to “harmonize” different voices.