It’s official! Communist Party cadres are suffering an image crisis in China, according to a new survey from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Here are the most hated types of officials in China, starting with the least popular: the chengguan or urban law enforcement officers, who have a reputation for being street bullies.
1. Chengguan or para-police
2. School managers
3. Hospital managers
4. Village heads
6. State-owned enterprise cadres
7. Cadres of civil affairs
Chengguan are often in the news for violent behavior against street vendors. Last week, an expat in Beijing got a taste of chengguan powermongery while walking a stray dog that he had recently adopted. A chengguan stopped the man, and asked him for his pet ownership papers. When the guy explained that he had applied but was still waiting to receive them, the chengguan killed his dog on the spot.
Apparently over one-third of the people surveyed said that corruption was the reason they had a bad impression of local authorities. Other reasons mentioned were neglecting duties, sex scandals, and using violence to enforce the law.
Bloggers commented on the news via Sina. One wrote: “The cadres’ mage crisis is due to their lack of ideas about serving the people.”
Another one said: “If these ‘distinctive Chinese features’ aren’t removed, scourge will be endless”.
A third commented: “Officials rely on civilians supports, but the Chinese people’s life is hard. Civilians need to be looked after by government officials, so officials don’t become corrupt. The country is run according to laws, and Chinese people all have the same ancestors, so everyone’s hearts are actually connected.”
This list is similar to one we covered recently on the seven most detested groups in China which has communist officials and public servants at No.1.