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Former official expresses no regret on blaming foreign consulates|
2012-12-11 02:50:44 GMT2012-12-11 10:50:44(Beijing Time) SINA English
By Zhu Wenjia, Sina English
Guangdong’s first International Charity Sale was held in Guangzhou, South China’s Guangdong Province on Nov. 8, however, counterfeit notes worth of 4,900 Yuan were found in the final check of donations.
While many Internet users blamed the counterfeit money owners for “bringing shame on Chinese people”, He Keng, the former head of the National Bureau of Statistics, and also the deputy director and commissioner of the Financial and Economic Committee of the National People's Congress, posted on his Weibo account Sunday, one day after the charity sale, accusing the foreign consulates of trying to humiliate the Chinese people.
Consulate generals of 30 countries, including Poland, Canada and Greece, attended Guangdong’s first International Charity Sale held at the Guangzhou Grandview Plaza on Nov. 8 which lasted for nearly a whole day. Around 4 p.m., staff of Ping An Bank began to check the charity fund after all foreign consulates handed in the money, but were stunned to find the fake notes.
“These notes are all brand-new 100 notes in consecutive numbers.” one staff told the media, “and were found in charity fund collected from different booths.”
It was reported that the charity sale collected accounted 330,000 Yuan, however, out of which 4,900 Yuan was counterfeit money. According to the staff’s analysis, someone may take advantage of foreign organ’s unfamiliarity with Chinese money to do it intentionally.
This charity sale was co-hosted by Guangdong Government Foreign Affairs Office, Guangdong Disabled Federation and Guangdong Disabled Public Welfare Foundation, and the money collected will all be used for the renovation and teaching equipments of listening training classrooms of Guangdong rehabilitation center for handicapped children.
”What foreign consulates want is to humiliate the Chinese people.” He Keng, the former head of the National Bureau of Statistics, and also the deputy director and commissioner of the Financial and Economic Committee of the National People's Congress, posted on Tecent Weibo Dec. 9.
He wrote: “I don’t think we’re in desperate need of that 330 thousand Yuan, let alone the money is actually owned by the Chinese. Really shame on those who initiated the charity sale”
Yesterday He Keng posted another message on Weibo, saying that reporters from several media, including CCTV, phoned him, raising questions about the case.
“There are mainly four questions raised by them, which here I will give the direct answers----
1. Q: What is the intention of your finger pointing at the foreign consulates?
A: I cannot bear some foreigners who intend to tarnish the image of the Chinese.
2. Q: Many people criticized you. Do you regret?
A: No. Thanks to these people, otherwise, I can only see one side.
3. Q: Are you angry with those who lash out at you?
A: Not at all. If the criticism is reasonable, I will introspect; if it is only curse, I’ve already got used to it.
4. Q: What else would you like to tell netizens?
A: I have the right to speak out my mind.”