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From China's net: Serve the leader; Student ingrates; Cheap eats for government officials

12-19-2010 17:36 BJT

BEIJING, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- China's on-line population -- at more than 400 million -- is the largest in the world. Their conversations cover almost every corner of the country and give an insight into the popular issues of the day.

The following are topics on the Chinese Internet from the last week:


Chairman Mao once called on every Chinese to "serve the people," but a traffic policeman in southwest China was blunter when he openly declared that his obligation was to "serve the leader."

An anonymous TV journalist in Chengdu City said he and his colleagues were at Shuangliu Sports Stadium Tuesday to cover a comic festival when a local policeman approached them.

The policeman hit the windows of the media van and repeatedly demanded that they move immediately.

"Clear off! The leader's convoy is arriving," the policeman surnamed Liang allegedly said. "Who the hell are you? I am here only to serve the leader. Their safety is of top priority."

Liang was suspended when his district police bureau came under fire after the journalist posted the anecdote on popular on-line forum

"Liang lost control of his temper and used inappropriate language on duty. He has been punished," said a comment posted on the site by the district police bureau Thursday, in response to the public outrage.

But many said Liang voiced the true mentality of many people on the government payroll, and nobody should be punished for speaking the truth when the problem was caused by the common practices of government officials.

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