In light of Mother’s Day this Sunday, Chinese Premier Li Ke Qiang has criticised government regulations asking applicants to ‘prove your mother is your mother’, mocking the obstructive wall of red tape and circular requirements that citizens encounter when obtaining a government permit.
‘How ridiculous…I wonder whether these government departments are caring for the public or intentionally obstructing them.’
Li also questioned why a Hainan worker was forced to acquire eight stamps from the government before attending a high-level event in Beijing:
‘Why is it so hard for the public to obtain certificates from the government? Why do government departments set so many barriers for ordinary citizens?’
The Chinese Premier has attempted to simplify administrative procedures and focused on delegating powers to lower levels during his tenure, yet still acknowledges that many problems still exist in the government bureaucracy. In April, Li criticized officials for their time-consuming procedures in implementing central policies.
In other absurd policies across China, authorities have banned the singing of the national anthem at weddings and funerals; while a Shanghai pizza restaurant was fined 47,500 RMB in 2012 for violating advertising laws after it listed ‘French Concession’ in its address.
[Image Via Xinhua]
By Sharon Choi