90 percent Chinese unhappy with bureaucracy

February 18th, 2008 - 9:41 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, Feb 18 (Xinhua) About 90 percent of Chinese are sick of bureaucratic muddle, an online survey by a leading newspaper has revealed. The China Youth Daily released Monday a report of its online poll on the efficiency of government officials, saying that more than 90 percent of those surveyed were unsatisfied with the bureaucracy.

Beijing resident Liu Yan, who bought an apartment recently, had a bad experience of bureaucracy at the city tax department.

“I have to pay deed tax and stamp tax for my purchase at two different offices. At each office, people stood in a long queue. It took me a whole day to finish it,” Liu was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

People surveyed also complained about red tapism, with 63.7 percent hoping government officials would get rid of this habit.

“I hope government officials will change their bureaucratic way of talking and working, but I know this will take time,” said a note posted by a netizen named Shen Chu.

In contrast Chinese citizens seemed to back the approach taken by their top leaders, who have been seen out and about meeting the public and getting involved in dealing with the recent snow crisis.

In the survey, about 63.6 percent people hoped local officials could learn from senior state leaders who tried hard to reach out to the people.

President Hu Jintao and premier Wen Jiabao were admired by those surveyed for taking care of common people, for instance, those affected by the recent winter disasters.

The newspaper launched the survey with leading Chinese website www.sina.com and 2,166 people took part in it.

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